Wednesday, March 01, 2006

John Kerry Is an Awesome Writer: DKos Edition

I don't, as a rule, spend time over at Daily Kos. Quite a lot of good, progressive discussion does happen there, but when Senator Kerry does something good - and if you pay attention, you know that happens a LOT - the Kossacks tend to rally with sass en masse to the tune of "I am so sick of John Kerry and his annoying world-saving agenda. Why can't he stop kicking ass and retire from the Senate and go windsurf somewhere?"

At which point, a bunch of Kerrycrats attempt to defend the Senator's actions, at which point a bunch of guys who can't get dates jump all over the Kerrycrats for being "hung up" on the Senator (as if there were ANYTHING wrong with that!) and so on and so forth until somebody does some internet equivalent to throwing a drink in somebody's face (personally, I prefer pointing out spelling errors, followed by a truly mature assertion that the offending parties aren't old enough to vote) and swear never to return to the wretched website again.

Welcome to the blogosphere/world of modern citizenship.

So this is the point at which, if you don't love John Kerry, you stop reading this entry, because you really don't want to know how I was persuaded to visit DKos after swearing off it about 60 times. You really do not want to know about the squeeing, screaming, jumping-up-and-down frenzy that exploded when JK fans, myself included, heard or read that the senator had posted at DKos. You really do not want to witness as I get all freaking weepy and launch into an impassioned-but-clever discussion of how John Kerry wandering into hostile territory and asking for support of the Alito filibuster is the political equivalent of Victor Laszlo leading the customers at Rick's in a rousing drown-out of "Die Wacht am Rhein" with "La Marseillaise," and anyone who doubts the validity of that analogy is not only entitled to his or her opinion, but also invited and encouraged to SEE ME IN HELL.

In short, John Kerry posted to Kos, and it was a BIG DEAL. It's happened a few times now, and while no less thrilling, it's not a big surprise. Today, for example, when the Senator posted a diary on the Fighting Democrats, (you can read it here) I was able to read the text with a minimum of heart-pounding and no impulse to throw undergarments at the monitor. And this was a good thing, because it reminded me of something we don't talk about often enough: John Kerry is an awesome writer!

Check it out:

To hear the Administration and their Republican allies talk, anyone who has a different view than George Bush is lacking in patriotism and doesn't support the troops. Remember freshman GOP Congresswoman Jean Schmidt who invoked our troops in smearing Jack Murtha? I wonder what Jean Schmidt would have to say confronted by the informed and expert opinions of soldiers home from Iraq -- whatever they believe. The Republicans might just be forced to debate the merits of the issue! Talk about throwing a wrench into the partisan smear machine these Republicans rely on to stifle debate. That's why I want people like Jean Schmidt to have to stand face to face on the floor of Congress and be forced to debate a veteran who's been there. It will elevate the dialogue in our country, it will change the voices in the conversation.

That's what this is all about. Imagine if the voices of today's veterans weren't just reflected on the front page of Stars and Stripes, but in votes and voices on the floor of Congress. That's what I'm committed to getting done.

Active voice! Sarcasm! And, oh my God, is that a zeugma?

I could go on, but I should probably be seeing what I can do to help the Fighting Dems. And so should you! So, more on Kerry's communication skills later. Rock and roll, indeed.


At 3:16 PM, Blogger Kerryvisionary said...

Totally agree and this is one reason I think he has a lot to do with the writing of his own diaries -- they really sound like his voice! He has a very forthright way of expressing himself that is individual and strong.

Love the quote you picked and also LOVE the part where he's talking about how he has always *truly* supported the troops, whether by protesting a war that was not valuing their lives or by protesting government policies that didn't value their lives if they survived to return home.

Another great post, DC, and I believe our blog will contain many future installments on this topic!

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Democrafty said...

Thanks, KV! I first noticed that JK was an awesome writer while reading The New War, which I hope to review soon.


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