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NewChief
11-03-2004, 09:38 AM
I see everyone claiming that it was Kerry's tax/spend, socialist/welfare viewpoints that lost him the race.

I disagre. I know that many of the cons on this board find economic policy and ideology along with foreign policy to be the main issues for them; however, I think that isn't true for the majority of America. I think, for the majority, that it boiled down to morality, which has much less to do with Kerry than with the DNC as a whole.

Abortion, homosexuality, the perception of trustworthiness, steadfastness, and other character issues; these, to me, are the issues that swung Middle America; not taxes or social programs.

Baby Lee
11-03-2004, 09:54 AM
I see everyone claiming that it was Kerry's tax/spend, socialist/welfare viewpoints that lost him the race.

I disagre. I know that many of the cons on this board find economic policy and ideology along with foreign policy to be the main issues for them; however, I think that isn't true for the majority of America. I think, for the majority, that it boiled down to morality, which has much less to do with Kerry than with the DNC as a whole.

Abortion, homosexuality, the perception of trustworthiness, steadfastness, and other character issues; these, to me, are the issues that swung Middle America; not taxes or social programs.
All that free-swinging law snubbing at the Mass and SF courthouse, coupled with the gay marriage issue being on the ballot in key states really backfired.

And I'll admit, at the base, at the pit of my stomach, the foundational reason I supported Bush was that the thought of him being exiled after all he went through on our behalf after 9/11 made me physically ill. I never could shake it.

And I may get a lot of sh!t about this, but, for all the fun made of Bush talking about 'hard work' in the first debate, that fact resonated with me.