[Marxism] James Ridgeway's advice to the Democrats

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 27 16:56:35 MDT 2004

Village Voice, April 27th, 2004
Mondo Washington
by James Ridgeway

John Kerry Must Go
Note to Democrats: it's not too late to draft someone—anyone—else

WASHINGTON, D.C.— With the air gushing out of John Kerry's balloon, it may 
be only a matter of time until political insiders in Washington face the 
dread reality that the junior senator from Massachusetts doesn't have what 
it takes to win and has got to go. As arrogant and out of it as the 
Democratic political establishment is, even these pols know the party's got 
to have someone to run against George Bush. They can't exactly expect the 
president to self-destruct into thin air.

With growing issues over his wealth (which makes fellow plutocrat Bush seem 
a charity case by comparison), the miasma over his medals and ribbons (or 
ribbons and medals), his uninspiring record in the Senate (yes war, no 
war), and wishy-washy efforts to mimic Bill Clinton's triangulation 
gimmickry (the protractor factor), Kerry sinks day by day. The pros all 
know that the candidate who starts each morning by having to explain 
himself is a goner.

What to do? Look for the Dem biggies, whoever they are these days, to sit 
down with the rich and arrogant presumptive nominee and try to persuade him 
to take a hike. Then they can return to business as usual—resurrecting John 
Edwards, who is still hanging around, or staging an open convention in 
Boston, or both.

If things proceed as they are, the dim-bulb Dem leaders are going to be 
very sorry they screwed Howard Dean.

Louis Proyect
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