Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Shadow President

From going after Bush with the Downing Street Memo to Karl Rove and the Plame case, John Kerry is clearly doing what he said he would: working to hold the Bush administration accountable. He's also been a staunch defender of civil rights, women's rights, veteran's rights, small business owners, the environment, and his signature issue, promoting health care for 11 million children in America who don't have it.

It's about time the Washington Press took some notice. While they write Kerry is 'facing a dilemma', it's clear to those who've followed his career that he's found his voice and is fighting mad. I think Kerry is less concerned about 'pleasing activists', who can be a finicky lot, than going after an administration which he truly believes is corrupt and will lie to Americans to sell its agenda at any cost. -IFK Editor

Sen. Kerry is wielding a double-edged sword

Sen. John Kerry is facing a dilemma.

With an eye towards running for president again in 2008, the Massachusetts Democrat has positioned himself as one of the most pugnacious critics of the Bush administration, often aligning himself with liberal activists. But at times, his aggressive anti-Bush rhetoric risks alienating other parts of his own party.

Kerry’s predicament was apparent this week as he took the lead among Democrats by calling for President Bush to fire his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, for Rove’s alleged role in revealing the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

At a press conference Tuesday on homeland security, as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) nodded in agreement, Kerry said: “Karl Rove ought to be fired.” Kerry also circulated a “fire Rove” petition yesterday through his leadership political action committee to nearly 3 million Democratic activists.


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