Originally Posted by MWM
Actually, it's not. It was a thread started by M2 around the time of the Iowa caucus. I think the title was something like "Kerry just good enough to lose."
I think I used "just good enough to lose" in another thread. Also suggested Kerry relocate to Ohio after he'd salted away the primaries.
The Dems bet that Kerry could stand there and look presidential and that would win the day for them. IMO, it's symptomatic of a larger problem -- it's a party that's run out of big ideas. Whether you like the Republicans' big ideas, they have them -- eliminate all taxes on wealth, throw your military weight around, institutionalize a conservative social agenda.
That's why I thought it was critical the Dems throw in behind Dean. He was the only candidate they had who was able to wrap himself around big ideas. Dean was the one candidate who was going to deliver health care. That would have been a big bone to throw to the Democratic base. Yet he also had some untraditional (for the Dems) ideas. Fiscal responsibility -- something Kerry couldn't sell with his Senate background and vague proposals -- in opposition to what he called "borrow and spend" Republicans. Dean also pushed small government in a way you rarely see from Dems, particularly on the social front. He never crystallized it, but he was getting close. The core of it was that he wanted government off your back. In Dean's construct (which, again, he hadn't fully formed, but the skeleton had been erected), gays and gun owners were just going to have to deal with one another.
He also had a real cool small business stimulus program (which fit in with a consistent pro-individual, anti-corporate stance) and, supposedly, he was going to cut the payroll tax (a massive departure for the Dems). On top of that, Dean skewered Iraq, calling the Bush lead-up to the war overblown, calling it an inevitable quagmire before
the invasion, insisting that it was a blind alley that would veer us away from a real war on terrorism.
Dean may not have won. Swing voters may not have cottoned to him, but he wouldn't have been arguing with Bush about flip-flops and he a lot to offer old style, small government conservatives (an almost totally disenfranchised group of voters these days). He was right about trying to appeal to the guy with the confederate flag sticker on his pickup.
It's a party that desperately need to redefine what it's all about.