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Thursday, July 10, 2003



Mad Max Loves Kerry

From his day at the Kerry website, he lerned this:

KERRY IS SO VERY liberal, as far as domestic policy goes, which is fine with me.... I checked what his web site had to say about two issue areas -- economic policy and health care. I didn't find much not to like...

The basic spiel on economic policy is fine.... A lot of the other measures fall under the rubric of what I call "democratic money": extending grants and credit to aspiring entrepreneurs to foster economic development at the roots. Good populist fare.

There is also a section entitled "The American Labor Movement."... these are good economic priorities.

Taken together, these two areas show Kerry to be decidedly more progressive than Howard Dean (whoops!). There don't seem to be any sour notes in the social issues area either.

Health is a bit of a replay of the economic presentation... The measures are worth consideration...

In any case, my bottom line is that if Kerry hadn't waffled on the war, or found some way to avoid backing or not opposing the invasion, he would be the odds-on liberal/progressive standard bearer.... as far as domestic policy goes, there is zero reason for a progressive or liberal to prefer Howard Dean to John Kerry.

Ironically, the aftermath of the invasion narrows the foreign policy differences between Dean, Kerry, Gephardt, and Edwards. If they all agree we are stuck now and must commit more troops and resources, then the only genuine anti-war candidates are reduced to Kucinich and Sharpton.



Oops, my bad. Mad Max hates Kerry!

KERRY IS SO VERY liberal... I checked what his web site had to say about two issue areas -- economic policy and health care.... I think he's got a huge communications problem, and this stems from what I see as a policy problem.

The basic spiel on economic policy is fine.... I agree with the bullet points, but I note that they are bullet points. The frame is missing. The leading items pertain to the recession, but there seems to be a lack of emphasis.

There is also a section entitled "The American Labor Movement." This oddly pigeon-holes measures that pertain to the population at large, such as raising the minimum wage and providing a middle class tax cut.

Health is a bit of a replay of the economic presentation, in terms of the laundry list approach. In this case, however, the list is long and bewildering. His speech is not much better focused either.... the material is insufferably wonky, not fit for general lay public consumption. There is some slipperiness in that in some places the language rails against "bureaucracy," but on the whole a lot of regulation seems to be proposed.

The policy problem I would say is the failure to craft simply-described, large measures that capture the most important problems the next President should address.

In any case, my bottom line is that if Kerry hadn't waffled on the war, or found some way to avoid backing or not opposing the invasion, he would be the odds-on liberal/progressive standard bearer. If anybody could figure out exactly what he was proposing.



Man, it must be great to have Maureen Dowd's job. And you know I am just having fun. Kerry seems to be generating amongst Dems the sort of ambivalent support normally associated with a trip to the dentist. C'mon, you know it's good for you...





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