[Marxism] Pundits to Kerry: Move Right

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Fri Apr 9 11:15:02 MDT 2004

FAIR!: Pundits to Kerry: Move Right
Same advice every four years

April 9, 2004

Every four years, loud voices in the media advise the Democratic 
presidential candidate to abandon progressive stances and occupy the 
political center.  With Sen. John Kerry having emerged as the 
presumable nominee, the pundits are once again issuing the same 

Time magazine's Joe Klein wrote (4/12/04) that Kerry needs to be 
bold: "The ideal step would be to make [Republican Senator] John 
McCain his choice for vice president and announce a government of 
national reconciliation composed of moderate Democrats and 
Republicans."  Klein recommended making a "radical move to the 
middle, a campaign that looks and sounds different from the usual 
partisan claptrap."  

Over at Newsweek (4/12/04), political reporter Howard Fineman 
had the same advice.  In a column based on what anonymous "wise 
guys" are saying, Fineman says Kerry needs to craft "a coherent, 
centrist vision." As Fineman puts it, "There's room in the middle, wise 
guys insist."  To Fineman and his unnamed experts, "Kerry can't 
occupy the center if he's defined as a mere liberal. He has the most 
liberal voting record in the Senate.  What to do?"  Fineman has the 
cure: Kerry should "run ads in battleground states reminding voters 
that he was a prosecutor and that he voted for welfare reform in 
1996, a brave (for Massachusetts) stand that drew picketers to his 

(Incidentally, the claim that Kerry has "the most liberal voting record 
in the Senate" is dubious.  National Journal-- 2/27/04-- ranked him as 
having the most liberal record in 2003-- a finding based on candidate 
Kerry's votes on only 25 out of the 62 votes that the publication 
ranked as either liberal or conservative.  In a more comprehensive, 
less subjective ordering of senators by voting-- voteview.uh.edu-- 
Kerry was the 25th most liberal voter, right in the center of the 
Democratic Party.)  

And New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote on March 27 
about his political dreams: "I want to wake up and read that John 
Kerry just asked John McCain to be his vice president."  Friedman 
explained that's the only way to tackle the country's problems, "with a 
bipartisan spirit and bipartisan team."

[Full: http://www.fair.org/press-releases/kerry-centrism.html]

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