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November 02, 2004



I'm adding you to my provisional "suck it" draft post. I may, however, end up addressing it to myself.


I really respect you for giving thorough reasons for your vote, although I must be one of the slow ones since I hadn't really discerned who you were voting for, except for the slightest leaning for Kerry.

Tung Yin

Thanks, g. Dylan, feel free to add me to your "suck it" list. But I'm not going to take great pleasure in a Kerry victory. When you go through the list of reasons I voted for him, there really aren't any positives.

Ryan in Baghdad

Tung, Tung, Tung.

Your follow-up post is most revealing. I hear your criticisms of POTUS. But rejecting Bush has consquences, namely electing Kerry. On National Security, I don't think there is anyone who can tell you what Kerry would do in a given situation. I have a lot of Kerry friends, and none of them have been able to tell me. This war will be the shortest and least costly by the President who believes the strongest in it. Terrorists smell weakness.

The economy is the backbreaker for you, but you think Kerry is WORSE on the issue (his saving grace being he won't be able to pass any of his crazy ideas).

You're also missing a key idea about Presidents that is often overlooked. Presidents dont have unlimited political capital. They must spend it wisely. I think this POTUS is trading away his preferred domestic agenda for support on GWOT and Iraq. To him, it is the key issue of the day (and he's right). Now we may not like the fact that those types of calaculations are made, but I can guarantee these things are done by every President.

I was hoping to read a more rational defense of a Kerry vote.

Tung Yin

I was hoping to read a more rational defense of a Kerry vote.

What can I say? It's not a vote I feel good about, and you have a decent point about trading away the domestic agenda for support on the war on terrorism. But even if I accepted that, I'm left with the domestic national security problems -- the port security (thank goodness I don't live in L.A. anymore!), the cargo on airplanes, the loose nuclear material . . . .

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