Are We Talking About the Same Guy?
MoveOn.org is urging John Kerry to “Go Big” — to articulate a broad, bold agenda for change.
Which leads me to wonder — are they thinking of the same John Kerry I am? Because there’s nothing in his background or campaign to date to indicate that he has it in him to “Go Big”, at least to me.
Howard Dean knew how to Go Big. But asking John Kerry to be Howard Dean is like asking Britney Spears to be Diana Krall — it’s asking them to be something they aren’t.
To date, Kerry seems to have adopted the strategy that’s probably best suited to him — the “have you seen the other guy?” strategy of laying low and letting Bush self-destruct. Given Kerry’s temperament and Bush’s string of recent failures, this is about the best thing I can think of for him to do.
I’m sure MoveOn would prefer a more visionary candidate — hell, so would I — but we play the hand we’re dealt; the Democratic party decided they’d rather have “electability” (whatever that means) than vision this year, and we’re going to have to live with the consequences of that decision one way or the other.