Monday, November 01, 2004

Ezra Klein on Why Kerry

Ezra over at Pandagon has an excellent piece laying out his thoughts in support of John Kerry. There are some original thoughts here that are quite compelling. The whole thing deserves to be read. Here is one of the best paragraphs and the most lucent condemnation of Bush I have seen.

"The President of the United States of America is one of the few men in the world temporally unmoored. He can reach beyond the present, his actions shape the future and, for the future, come to define the past. Some presidents become figures of myth, like Lincoln and Kennedy and Washington, while others become legends, like FDR and Reagan. Some fade into the background, either unable to match their station or placed in a period calm enough to repel history. But Bush, a man who didn't grow up desiring the presidency and whose motivations were familial and manipulated, entered an office expecting to simply do a job, maybe even bring a radical viewpoint to it. But no more than that. And so, faced with a transformative moment that immediately created unprecedented unity and resolve, he resolved to send us shopping and make congressional gains. He failed history, he failed a spectacular moment, and he did so because he was never prepared to be the President of the United States of America, all George wanted to be was CEO."

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