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John Kerry Should Resign From Office

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For some months now, I’ve not emulated my fellow conservatives and Bush supporters in calling for John Kerry to resign. As someone who grew up in the shadow of DC and whose father spent nearly three decades working there, I’ve always understood that campaigning is a real and inescapable part of being an elected official. Campaigning is not just part of their life, it’s their duty. After all, part of the process of campaigning is going before your constituents and defending your record.

But, after hearing of Kerry’s comments to Larry King from yesterday, and reading of Kerry’s attendence record this year, the conclusion is inescapable, he needs to resign. Truly, if Kerry is absolutely committed to running for President, this should be his next step.

Here is an excerpt from the King interview which, to me, is the straw that breaks the camel’s back:

Good evening. Welcome to a special edition of LARRY KING LIVE here in New York with Senator John Kerry, who’s frequently appeared on this show, and Teresa Heinz Kerry, her first appearance on this show. We thank you both very much for coming.

Let’s get to, first thing’s first, news of the day. Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States, didn’t increase the — do you see any politics in this? What’s your reaction?

KERRY: Well, I haven’t been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me; I just haven’t had time. But all Americans are united in our efforts to defeat terrorism.

I believe that John Edwards and I can wage a far more effective war on terror than George Bush has. I think we can do a better job of making America safe. But in these days ahead, we all join together no matter what.

Now lets look at a telling quote:

Kerry Considers Voting Small Part of Job

“‘In the age of telecommunications, Sen. Kerry is in daily contact with his chief of staff,’ [Kerry Advisor Michael] Meehan said. ‘Voting is just one small part of being a U.S. senator.’” (Jonathan Wells and Maggie Mulvihill, “Kerry Not On Roll With Voting,” Boston Herald, 3/1/04)

Furthermore, Kerry has missed 65% (317 votes) of Senate votes as of March 2004 and he’ll likely miss nearly every vote this year while on the campaign trail. In the real world, Kerry would already have been fired from his job for missing so much work.

Someone please explain to me how it is that Meehan can claim that Kerry is in daily contact with his chief of staff and yet not know about Ridge’s warning? The warning, after all, does pertain directly to the upcoming election.

If he’s too busy for such news, then he should do what Bob Dole did in 1996 when he was the GOP presidential nominee and resign. Has he even followed yet in the footsteps yet of his challengers, Edwards, Gephardt, and Graham in announcing that he won’t seek another term? At least then he could give the appearance of an employee who is just slacking off as he approaches his last days at work rather than someone who is taking salary from one job to pursue an outside interest.

Is Kerry REALLY confident of a victory in November? He doesn’t show that confidence by hedging his bets this way.

Senator Kerry, put your money where your mouth is!

David Flanagan

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  • Nyx

    Ok, he will. As soon as Bush resigns for lying.

  • bob

    What news? It’s the same as always. “Terror attacks are imminent. BEWARE! We don’t know how, when or where, as always, but WATCH OUT.” Pretty much the same stuff they’ve been saying since 9/11. Funny it comes out within days of the dem VP announcement…

  • Kerry is hedging his bets, just like Lieberman did in 2000. He’s not 100% certain of victory, and he doesn’t want the Republican Governor of Massachusetts to pick his successor.

    This is all understandable from his perspective. Still. He is shortchanging the voters of Massachusetts by not making his Senate vote count. In fact, he’s not even taking the time to follow developing news in the War on Terror, because he’s too busy snuggling for the cameras with John-boy Edwards.

    The voters, however, rarely take such things into account. This election will be a referendum on Bush. If the voters understand that Bush inherited a sinking economy, cut their taxes, and the economy is now booming, Bush will win. If voters believe the Iraq war was worth it, Bush will win. Kerry’s recent Senate voting record (or lack thereof) is pretty much moot in this election.

  • I agree that it is Sen. Kerry’s decision. I also think his constituency accepts his not being on hand to vote as a given, because of the circumstances, but supports him anyway. The difference I see between Kerry and candidates who do resign is that he does not see himself at the end of his political career and they do. If he wants to continue being a senator if Bush wins or SCOTUS again decides the outcome, that is his prerogative.

  • Ok, he will. As soon as Bush resigns for lying.

    He didn’t lie, he “nuanced.” Hey, if it works for Kerry, then it’s fair game for the President. 😉


  • The voters, however, rarely take such things into account.

    I agree completely. Even worse, voters don’t hold members of congress accountable nearly enough.

    Presidents? Well, they get their dirty laundry aired repeatedly, but members of congress get to fly under the radar quite a bit. Unless they REALLY screw up, of course.

    Which explains why you hear so many outrageous comments coming from so many of our elected officials. They can act dishonorably because they know they won’t be taken into account for it by their constituents.

    When the cats away, the mice will play.


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  • Not if he’s wrong. 🙂 I do, however, believe in that “innocent until proven guilty” thing.


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  • If Presidents regularly resigned for “lying”, the average length of time spent in office would be measured in days, not years. (And VP picks would play a bit larger role in determining election results…) 😉

  • nobody

    This logic truly escapes me. Under that logic, shouldn’t Bush and Cheney have resigned from being president and vice president while they were running to be re-elected. How many cabniet meetings did they miss while campaigning. Nobdy bothered to call for their resignations.