Friday, June 23, 2006

Kerrying On, Somewhere Else

Dear everyone,

As much as we We Love John Kerry gals love Blogger, Blogger doesn't always seem to love us. So this week, we've decided to say goodbye to our current platform and reconvene at our own site:

The regularly scheduled squee will continue, but in a more permanent location.

Please update your bookmarks, your blogroll, and/or your friends at the NSA.

And, because it's Friday, please enjoy one more picture of John Kerry in a tie:

Thank you and Kerry On,
The We Love John Kerry Dot Commers

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Okay, I have a lot to do today,

and I'm feeling kind of prickly because, thanks to The New York Times, I have to come over here and make a short list of crap that I don't think I should have to take from some chick who is half the writer I am.

So, without further ado:

A Short List of Crap that I Don't Think I Should Have to Take from Kate Zernicke (Who Is Half the Writer I Am):

This hit piece about the Kerry-Feingold-Boxer amendment.

Okay, I know it's not a popular position to take, but, you guys: WE'RE AT WAR. And just because we never get to see any of it, doesn't mean there isn't blood and coffins and a GIANT UNWINNABLE MESS - and that much, at least is sinking in. A majority of Americans now appear to want to leave Iraq.

So what does John Kerry do? He works with other members of his party - popular, capable, principled members like Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer - to present legislation that's never going to pass, but will at least provide an alternative point of view to the administration's "Stay the Bloody Hopeless Course Till We Get That Oil" Serenade. WHAT A BASTARD.

Last week, I started a PAC to help curtail the efforts of one John Kerry from putting country before party and generally trying to make the world a better place. The Times might have joined up, but, no, people are dying. Better to trivialize that fact as publicly as possible, right?

The Times has always been snarky on the subject of John Kerry, so I'm not going to deconstruct Kate Zernicke's lousy reporting and give it the skewering it deserves. I will just remind the average voter - particularly, the average Democratic voter - that we really ought to step back from the poison and anger and plain old gossip-mongering that fuels pieces like the one in question every now and again, and try to look at them with some perspective. If John Kerry stops the war in Iraq - which he won't - this year, yes, it will have a political impact. Yes, he will look better than a lot of '08 candidates. Because he's principled.

Suggesting John Kerry should abandon his principles on Iraq is wrongheaded. Acting as if John Kerry gaining political capital is THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD is just as wrongheaded. Progressive politics aren't supposed to be about what stands our leaders should be allowed to take, when it's their "turn," but what kind of leadership Americans require and deserve.

Don'tcha Wish Your President Was Hot Like Me?*

*With a grateful nod to the Pussycat Dolls...

Happy Solstice, everyone, and have a great summer! We feel this photo pretty much says it all. No matter what idiocies are thrown at him from both the Right and the Left, and MSM hacks of every stripe, this question remains eternal!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

John Kerry is a great dad. I know this because I have a great dad. My dad is not perfect and neither am I, but I love him and I know he loves me. Who wants perfection when you can have that?

That's the feeling I get every time I see John Kerry with his daughters. Their lives have not been idealized or airbrushed, but they have triumphed over any difficulty through love. They tease each other, they laugh together, they are there in the hard times to support each other. They have a genuine bond, the kind of connection that it is just not possible to fake and that shows in every smile or hug.

We see them mostly in public situations, but their love and pride in each other is plain to see, even in the camera's glare. These two smart, beautiful, decent women Vanessa and Alexandra Kerry, each made heartfelt, affectionate speeches about their dad at the Democratic National Convention, testifying to their love for him as a father as well as affirming their belief in him as a principled public servant who should be president.

It is clear to any observer that his daughters have been John Kerry's greatest pride and joy since the day they were born. Whenever he mentions them, he is, just for a moment, not the vital, inspired politician; he is any fond, proud father.

I honor John Kerry and the late Julia Thorne Kerry for dedicating themselves to the happiness of their daughters even as they were navigating the difficult waters at the end of a marriage and I honor John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry for blending their two families and being loving parents to his daughters and her sons.

I also honor John Kerry this Father's Day for something I feel, though I cannot know it for sure. It appears to me that he and his daughters have let their relationships evolve and grow with time. In early photos (thank you, George Butler!) he appears as the strong, protective father supplying playfulness or comfort as needed. As adults, not only do his daughters repay that protectiveness and support with their own loyalty and presence, but I sense that he has allowed himself to learn from their wisdom as they learned from his.

I recognize that quality of openness and respect in my own father as my sister and I have grown into that role with him and I honor every father who has the humility and grace to grow into equality with his children as they grow up.

Happy Father's Day to my dad, Alexandra and Vanessa's dad, and dads everywhere!