I don't expect Kerry to be a successful president in any other respect. It doesn't matter.
David Bradley Kenner, Intern: Bush
I'm voting for Bush. I don't want, or find it necessary, to defend every piece of his record. The simple fact is that he is the only candidate who has had the courage to envision a long-term solution to the danger of terrorism—the liberalization and democratization of the Middle East. John Kerry, on the other hand, cannot manage to think beyond the next political obstacle. Only one candidate has the courage to keep America safe in these dangerous days. Four more years!
Kathleen Kincaid, Design Director/Lead Program Manager:Kerry
On Nov. 2, I will cast my ballot for John Kerry. Is he a strong candidate? No. Do I agree with all his positions? No. Does he truly represent me? No. Is this a reactionary "anyone but Bush" vote? On some levels it is, but I've decided he's good enough, we agree on enough, and I trust him. I want him to appoint the next Supreme Court justices, continue to support legislation to protect the environment, address the deficit created by the current administration, get our troops out of Iraq, and explore civil unions as a viable option in this country for same-sex and opposite-sex partnerships similar to some of those found in European countries. Kerry is an intelligent and compassionate human being, which is more than I can say for the current administration.
Laura Kipnis, Contributor: Kerry
Bush gave us Abu Ghraib, appoints theocrats and neo-segregationists to the federal bench, blocks efforts to raise the minimum wage (plus making 5 million to 8 million workers ineligible for overtime pay) while funneling tax cuts and corporate giveaways to the ultra-rich. Kerry will protect the separation of church and state, raise the minimum wage, and undo the Bush-inflicted budget disaster. Bush used his daddy's connections to duck a war he endorsed (as long as other people were fighting it, of course), the same lying, swaggering, cowardice that's been the hallmark of his foreign policy ever since. The rest of the world sees Bush for exactly who he is, which unfortunately ups the danger level for all of us.
Steven Landsburg, EconomicWriter:Bush
If George Bush had chosen the racist David Duke as a running mate, I'd have voted against him, almost without regard to any other issue. Instead, John Kerry chose the xenophobe John Edwards as a running mate. I will therefore vote against John Kerry.
Duke thinks it's imperative to protect white jobs from black competition. Edwards thinks it's imperative to protect American jobs from foreign competition. There's not a dime's worth of moral difference there. While Duke would discriminate on the arbitrary basis of skin color, Edwards would discriminate on the arbitrary basis of birthplace. Either way, bigotry is bigotry, and appeals to base instincts should always be repudiated.
Bush's reckless spending and disregard for the truth had me almost ready to vote for Kerry—until Kerry picked his running mate. When the real David Duke ran against a corrupt felon for governor of Lousiana, the bumper stickers read, "Vote for the crook. It's important." Well, I'm voting for the reckless spendthrift. It's important again.