DATE: 3/23/2004 09:18:00 AM
Who's John Kerry? - Brendan Miniter of the Wall Street Journal says it's time for John Kerry to begin defining himself. Thus far, Kerry has attempted to define himself only by what he's not - which is George W. Bush. That will be enough for the hyper-partisan among us, but will do little do impress those who want a little something called ideas from their potential presidents. Right now is a critical time - Bush is running both positive ads about himself and so-called "negative" ads against Kerry. Kerry is running only the "negative" ads while making no attempt to tell us about himself, other than his service in Vietnam.
Vietnam ended when I was two. What Kerry has yet to realize is that a pretty good percentage of the voting population thinks of Vietnam as the war of their parents' generation. The war I care about is the war that the Senator from Massachusetts refuses to acknowledge is a war. His attempt to seem strong on defense based on a 30 year old war record won't work with me, or with many others whose only knowledge of Vietnam is from textbooks and Oliver Stone movies. What are you going to do about today's war, Senator? Bush isn't Nixon, and this war isn't Vietnam. We should expect the campaigns of our presidential candidates to be based more on current events than on history that has no bearing on today.