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by Jeff Jarvis
: John Kerry and answered George Bush’s question on the war, saying that he would still have authorized the war in Iraq, even knowing there were no WMDs there. Of course, he says he would have used that authorization differently if he had been president.
I say that was the stand-up thing to do. Kerry knows it won’t be popular with his corps — it could even send some running to Nader — but he said what he would do and didn’t back away. I respect him for that.
Reuters today does the followup with Bush still trying to tweak Kerry — fruitlessly, in my view — and here’s the headline:
Admission is an awfully loaded word — as in, Kerry admits he would support the war Reuters opposes.
Not a nation divided, just a nation deafened
: I’ve been saying for sometime that we are not a nation divided — that’s just how media and politicians want to portray us because it fits their agendas. The truth is that we all have lives; they don’t. So they spend their time shouting at us, deafening us. But they don’t represent us.
I’m not alone in this view. In this week’s Time, Joe Klein says it’s “only the blabocrats”:
We are a divided nation, it is said. There is a cultural chasm between the red states and the blue, between the religious and the secular, between Michael Moore’s America and Rush Limbaugh’s. The “culture war” has become a pillar of the conventional wisdom. But is it real? Is it possible that the great partisan divide is a media-induced mirage, little more than an exaggerated case of squeaky-wheelism? There is plenty of evidence that the very real disputes pushed by political activists and chair-throwing media yakkers