Thursday, November 04, 2004
from the Progressive Monthly Editor...
John Kerry gave a lousy, reprehensible concession speech.
Oh, it had its poignant moments, especially when he said, choking up a little, "I wish I could just wrap you up in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation."
But he soon began to ramble, and halfway through, when he should have been done, he mistakenly hit the "play" button on his stump speech. Off he went talking about the little boys who helped raise money for him on the campaign trail, and then he dove into issue after issue, draining every drop of pathos from the occasion.
He never could give a decent speech.
But what was reprehensible about it was Kerry's insistence that his supporters cave.
And I'm not even talking about the question of whether to challenge the Ohio tally.
I'm referring to Kerry's command that we act like good little boys and girls and eat our spinach and work with George Bush.
Amazingly and nonsensically, Kerry said, "In an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans."
What does that mean?
You lost, John. We all lost. Huge. And your fatuousness cannot hide that fact.
Kerry continued his lecture. As Americans, he said, his supporters have an "obligation. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. In the days ahead, we must find common cause, we must join in the common effort, without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor."
Common cause with George W. Bush?
Common cause with Dick Cheney?
Common cause with Karl Rove?
Common cause with Donald Rumsfeld?
Common cause with Paul Wolfowitz?
Common cause with John Ashcroft?
We have nothing in common with them. Their cause is not our cause.
For the good of the country, we must resist them.
Kerry said, "We must stand together and succeed in Iraq."
We will resist this war in Iraq with every nonviolent bone in our bodies.
So don't talk to us about the need "to bridge the partisan divide."
We don't want to bridge it.
And don't be naïve. Neither does Bush.
We lost, this time. But we refuse to lay down our principles and sleep with snakes.
Instead, we will regroup and live to fight another day, and one of these days we will win, not by making common cause with reactionary Republicans, but by convincing a majority of Americans that ours is a better way.
How dare you demand that we join up with Bush!
How dare you demand that we support his war in Iraq!
-- Matthew Rothschild