"The candidates are an interesting group, with diverse opinions – for tax cuts and against them, for NAFTA and against NAFTA, for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act... and that’s just one senator from Massachusetts."
President Bush, February 23d
When President Bush can make a good joke about you, then you are in trouble. I know this is Super Tuesday and John Kerry is due to be quasi-officially anointed Democratic Party representative. I also recognize the fate of the Democratic Party is not of much concern to many of us here. We recognize the basic irrelevance of the classical but now obsolete opposition Democrat-Republican in the US. Both parties merely represent different but equally loathsome lobbies. Alternatively, we do not have voting rights in the US, either because of age or because of nationality.
However, and for the sake of argument, do you think John Kerry has any chance of beating George Bush? I think for my part that the Republicans will have a field day entangling Kerry into his mesh of contradictions. Kerry is not a Clinton-style charismatic politician. He also does not propose any new ideas of programs. When he does, his words cannot be trusted due to his repeated volte-face in the past. I do not think he has any chance of winning against George Bush. I am not even sure I wish he would; Kerry belongs to the same group of aloof ‘elite’ politicians as Mr. Bush. He would merely ensure the preservation of the ultra-rich’s hold on the American power levers.
Mr. Bush did begin to mobilize opposition to his projects, and thus, even in a negative way, promotes progressive ideals and practices in reaction to his vagaries and lunacies. That kind of argument, of course, will arouse negative reactions. I am not sure I would stand by it if pressed on, but there is some truth to it: four more years of Bush’s insanity would definitely change the political landscape in the US, while giving him the boot now would merely mean the resumption of business as usual.
The game will probably end up being a three-way choice between Kerry, Bush and Nader. I am interested in your vote for the next presidential election. I therefore include a poll into this debate topic. However, I am especially interested in any justification you can provide for your choice and only debate can capture this.
Assume you could vote: if given the choice between those three candidates only, whom would you vote for in the next US presidential election?