Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Likability poll bad news for US Sen. John Kerry

By Thomas Ferraro
Reuters
Updated: 7:51 p.m. PT Nov 27, 2006

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. John Kerry, considering a second bid for the U.S. presidency, finished dead last in a poll released Monday on the likability of 20 top American political figures.

Among those placed ahead of Kerry were about a dozen potential 2008 White House rivals, including Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

"This is bad bad news for Kerry," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, which conducted the survey.

"Americans know who he is, and have pretty much decided they don't like him," said Brown. He noted the poll found that 95 percent of respondents said they had heard enough about Kerry, who lost the 2004 White House race to President Bush, to rate the Massachusetts Democrat.


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I can't say I'm surprised. Lurch, you can only trash American heroes for so long before the citizens you're sworn to represent get wise to you. We all remember;

"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war…"

"We saw America lose her sense of morality as she accepted very coolly a My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum....We learned the meaning of free fire zones, shooting anything that moves, and we watched while America placed a cheapness on the lives of orientals.."

"The country doesn't know it yet, but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence….."

"..there will be some recrimination but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America….."

"I agree with Sen. Kennedy that we have become the target and part of the problem today, if not the problem."

"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs,"

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

You might just say, the words are "seared, seared into our memories."

Lew

1 comment:

Ms. Calabaza said...

I loved your last line. I can't help but chuckle whenever I hear that expression - "seared". BTW, John F'ing Kerry will be on Larry King tonight . . .