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 Kerry/McCain in 2004?

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Jul 25, 2002
Apparently, provided that the soulless automaton known as Gore does not run any interference, John Kerry will more likely than not be the next Democratic candidate for the 2004 presidential election. No big deal - Bush/Cheney would clean up against Kerry. But what if, as rumors suggest, John McCain ends up as Kerry's running partner?

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The way I see it, the Kerry/McCain pairing would have two huge advantages that it could leverage over the American public.

1. They would represent a united front free of bi-partisan politics (whether it would work like that in reality, however, would be the question). McCain is not jumping ship; he would remain a Republican. As far as I know, this hasn't happened since Lincoln/Jackson. Either way, this would be a huge draw for a voting population that remains fairly moderate.

2. Both Kerry and McCain are 'nam vets. They can use that status as a giant hegemonic club to pretty much bludgeon anyone who gets in their way into silence.

This potential pairing spells a lot of trouble for Bush/Cheney. Currently, with the economy on a slide with no real viable economic plan, and the public becoming more and more critical of his "war on terrorism," the only card that Bush holds is his conduct after the 11/9 events. If it was just Kerry and some shmuck, I believe that he could have easily used his everyman charm, his father's influence, and the 11/9 attacks to pretty much muscle through the next election. But with McCain the scales tip in Kerry's favor drastically.

But I am no political forecaster. That being the case, I am interested in hearing the opinions of others in this matter, especially those that would be more educated in this subject than I am. Anybody here that's studied political theory or some such?


The Dawning of the Age of Libertarius (1.00 / 1) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 04:09:09 AM PST
As with the last three elections, I remain adamant that this election will be the one in which America wises up and votes for freedom. No nation could overlook the rational alternative forever, could they? I believe the voters of my nation are not as easily duped as the republocrats think, and they are ready to fight to retain what the founding fathers promised. Prove me right, America!

No Cheney (none / 0) (#2)
by Yoshi on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 07:27:33 AM PST
It has been said many times that Cheney is not planning on running on the vice presidential ticket again in 2004. I can't imagine who would replace him, but I don't doubt that he will not be on the ticket.

McCain is a Republican? (none / 0) (#3)
by Icebox on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 07:52:54 AM PST
Some web sites claim to be news site, but it isn't so. Someone or something claiming a particular title isn't good enough.

Notice (none / 0) (#6)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 10:28:13 PM PST
I'm putting you on notice.

Any further postings from you of this excedingly poor quality will result in your being banned from for a period of no less than 15 days.

It is inconceivable (none / 0) (#4)
by dmg on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 10:28:14 AM PST
The idea that two politicians whose parties are diametrically opposed on almost every issue could put together a viable partnership is just ridiculous.

It is only during times of war that such a bi-partisan approach stands any chance of working. If the Democrats and Republicans were ever to get to the stage where they became interchangeable like you suggest, then politics in America would be effectively over, and we would have a Fascist state.

It is only thorough the vigorous adversarial politicial system we can weed out the lame ideas (like Communism) and perfect the good ones (like Capitalism).

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Diametrically? (none / 0) (#5)
by First Incision on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 10:04:48 PM PST
It seems to me the two parties sharply disagree on only a few minor issues.

For instance, Republicans can drone on against welfare, but few want welfare abolished. They only want it scaled back.

Take a look the recent and current debates on prescription drug benefits and the Homeland Security department. Both parties totally agree on these issues, and differ only in the details.
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Ummmm...? (none / 0) (#8)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Jul 27th, 2002 at 10:04:10 AM PST
Repucrats and Demoblicans aren't interchangeable?

They as far behaved as nothing more than two slightly opposing factions of the Big Business Party.

Fascist state. (0.00 / 1) (#9)
by tkatchev on Sun Jul 28th, 2002 at 01:55:47 AM PST
Wake up, dude, what century are you in??

Peace and much love...

Is service that important? (none / 0) (#7)
by First Incision on Thu Jul 25th, 2002 at 10:29:23 PM PST
Is their service in Vietnam really that important? I'm not sure "waving the bloody shirt" will work on this generation. Clinton was a draft dodger. Bush used his influence to get a National Guard post in the US. Gore went to Vietnam, but that "senator's son" had a non-combat duty as a journalist. Since Clinton was elected in '92, nobody seems to care too much about any of this.

Is Vietnam so fresh in our memories that bona fide combat veterans will suddenly become ideal candidates? McCain was reluctant to pull the veteran card when he ran against Bush in 2000. When he finally did, it was too late.

Your use of "11/9" shows you are most likely non-American; I doubt you have a that solid of a grip on the American political climate or process. Presidential candidates are nominated by the parties. The Democratic party would not nominate a Republican to its Presidential ticket. By running in the Democratic primaries, McCain would become a Democrat by default.

Still, I find this Kerry/McCain "rumour" intiguing.

Oh, and I think you meant to say "partisan politics." Bi-partisan means "two parties working together."
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