Monday, October 11, 2004


Double Negative

Laura Hagen, commenting to Jeff Jarvis, elucidates a new, penetrating insight into the relative dangers of Kerry and Bush that need far more discussion:

For the most part, what you fear from Bush cannot be implemented by the President alone. But what you fear from Kerry CAN be.

Do you see what I'm getting at? Everything you fear from a Bush II administration, I do too. But he won't be able to do it -- for the most part -- without significant help from Congress. Right-wing judges? They would have to be confirmed. The Dems aren't even in the majority and they're managing to block the judges they want to block. The gay marriage amendment Bush wanted? DOA in Congress. I don't expect that to change under Bush II. What Bush wants that I don't like isn't going to be completely under his control.

By contrast, there is no power on Earth that can force a Kerry administration to bypass the UN when it's necessary. There is no provision for Congress to sidestep the President and send troops. What you fear from a Kerry administration CAN be, and WILL be, implemented by the President alone. It will be solely up to John Kerry....


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