Monday, October 25, 2004

Uncommon Endorsement

The New Yorker has never endorsed a candidate in a presidential election. Until now that is. Theirs is an uncommon endorsement though. It is a long, thought-out, thorough case against Bush. It is more of an indictment of the Bush administration and their reckless policies. It systematically in a timeline fashion dismembers the Bush record, and lays bare the damage, to our country, our future and our world, that this administration has done in four short years. From the election theft to the tax cuts, from terrorism to the war in Iraq, the environment, secrecy and arrogance, no issue of this presidency is left uncovered, nor is any quarter given for the array of mistake, misstatement and lies.

This is a blistering review of the Bush administration. This is what makes the positive ending for Kerry so pronounced in it's striking comparison to the failed President:
Throughout his long career in public service, John Kerry has demonstrated steadiness and sturdiness of character. The physical courage he showed in combat in Vietnam was matched by moral courage when he raised his voice against the war, a choice that has carried political costs from his first run for Congress, lost in 1972 to a campaign of character assassination from a local newspaper that could not forgive his antiwar stand, right through this year’s Swift Boat ads. As a senator, Kerry helped expose the mischief of the Bank of Commerce and Credit International, a money-laundering operation that favored terrorists and criminal cartels; when his investigation forced him to confront corruption among fellow-Democrats, he rejected the cronyism of colleagues and brought down power brokers of his own party with the same dedication that he showed in going after Oliver North in the Iran-Contra scandal. His leadership, with John McCain, of the bipartisan effort to put to rest the toxic debate over Vietnam-era P.O.W.s and M.I.A.s and to lay the diplomatic groundwork for Washington’s normalization of relations with Hanoi, in the mid-nineties, was the signal accomplishment of his twenty years on Capitol Hill, and it is emblematic of his fairness of mind and independence of spirit. Kerry has made mistakes (most notably, in hindsight at least, his initial opposition to the Gulf War in 1990), but—in contrast to the President, who touts his imperviousness to changing realities as a virtue—he has learned from them.
This is today's must read.