Democratic candidate John Kerry has let the Republicans define his campaign by putting so much emphasis on the Democratic Senator’s service during the Vietnam War. Republicans controlling the rhetorical agenda indeed….
Simply reporting for duty, former Lt. Kerry, is not enough. Your history is interesting and impressive, but the country needs to decide about our recent history and our paths to the immediate future. You need to tell your story about the problems that the Bush presidency has created and what you would have done—and what you will do—differently.
Rather than just telling us we need a better president, show us with stories that plant your positives on each of Bush’s negatives. A better president would have made use of broad world sympathy after 9-11 to build a coalition and marginalize the terrorists—would have let inspectors do their work in Iraq to get the facts about weapons program—would have prevented lawlessness, looting, and prison abuse which have bred antagonism throughout the Middle East.
Dear Senator Kerry, don’t just tell us how bad Bush has been; the public already senses that; show us what you’ve got. A better president starts with a better story…. Read whole essay here….