Buyer's Remorse: Kerry Would Beat Bush Easily If Election Were Held Today

Posted on April 22, 2006

A new Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll shows that if the 2004 presidential election were held again today, John Kerry would easily win. The poll indicates 47 per cent of respondents would vote for John Kerry, while 40 per cent would vote for George W. Bush. 6% said they would vote for someone else.

Kerry told NBC's Tim Russert during an interview in 2005, "I won the youth vote. I won the independent vote. I won the moderate vote. If you take half the people at an Ohio State football game on Saturday afternoon and they were to have voted the other way, you and I would be having a discussion today about my State of the Union speech."

If the Kerry campaign had responded quickly and aggressively to the cowardly, lying scum who were behind the Swift Boat Smear Campaign, things would have turned out differently. Kerry said during the campaign that his team had to be perfect in order to win. He was right. His team did everything right -- except for that slow response, and it killed the campaign. If Kerry had gone on TV and said "You bet I testified before Congress about the My Lai massacre and I'd do it again today because it was the right thing to do" and then boldly attacked those who questioned his patriotism and service in Viet Nam, Rove would not have gotten the upper hand.

I'll never forget the Democratic convention and Kerry's inspiring biopic, which highlighted his military service and years of public service as a prosecutor who helped take down organized crime. Contrast that with George Bush's biopic which showcased Bush's most courageous moment: once, the Secret Service made him wear a bulletproof vest while he threw out a pitch at a baseball game after 9/11. Yawn.

This is what we call Buyer's Remorse.