It Just Goes To Show …

Those who know? Vote Kerry.

First, Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota, yesterday endorsed Kerry.

I’ve been amused to read suggestions by fellow Republicans that I’m overanalyzing things and should just trust my gut. If I had done that, I would have known I was voting for Kerry sometime this summer because of Iraq. No, if I was voting based on gut instincts, I would have planned on voting for Kerry and punching a wall afterwards.Daniel Drezner

After several statements of uncertainty, I’ve finally come to a decision. I’m voting for Kerry.Josh Chafetz

Most damming:

There was a time, in the aftermath of September 11, when this magazine liked what it heard from George W. Bush. He said America was at war–not merely with an organization, but with a totalitarian ideology. And he pledged to defeat Islamist totalitarianism the same way we defeated European totalitarianism, by spreading democracy. For a publication that has long believed in the marriage of liberalism and American power, this was the right analysis. And its correctness mattered more than the limitations of the man from which it came.

Three years later, it has become tragically clear that the two cannot be separated. The president’s war on terrorism, which initially offered a striking contrast to his special interest-driven domestic agenda, has come to resemble it. The common thread is ideological certainty untroubled by empirical evidence, intellectual curiosity, or open debate. The ideology that guides this president’s war on terrorism is more appealing than the corporate cronyism that guides his domestic policy. But it has been pursued with the same sectarian, thuggish, and ultimately self-defeating spirit. You cannot lead the world without listening to it. You cannot make the Middle East more democratic while making it more anti-American. You cannot make the United States more secure while using security as a partisan weapon. And you cannot demand accountable government abroad while undermining it at home.

And so a president who promised to make America safer by making the Muslim world more free has failed on both counts. This magazine has had its differences with John Kerry during his career and during this campaign. But he would be a far better president than George W. Bush.The New Republic.

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