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October 25, 2004

Corpus Christi Caller Times Endorses Kerry

By Byron LaMasters


On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush faced a challenge unlike that any other president had ever faced before him. With the taking of 2,984 American lives in a coordinated terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the nation stood ready and united to follow its president. Members of Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol to sing "God Bless America." There were no party labels that morning.

Three years later, the nation stands bitterly divided. This division is based on no mere difference of opinion. It is a deep and troubling division that is poisoning the ability to govern, to reason together.

Bush is not solely to blame for this discord. But the president and his policies have done much to feed this anger and bitterness. The president is responsible for setting the tone of his administration. The tone in Bush's presidency has been fractious, politically divisive, and aggressively partisan.

For Texans familiar with Gov. George W. Bush's bipartisan successes in Austin, this failure by the president to reach across party lines, this failure to capitalize on a national yearning for unity in the wake of 9/11, has been a huge disappointment.


It is no easy thing to endorse Sen. Kerry. Endorsing Kerry requires a leap of faith. It means believing that he will do all in his executive power to keep the country safe. That means believing that Kerry has the stature and the ability to command to lead this country in dangerous times.

We do know that Kerry stands closer to the mainstream thinking that has framed American foreign policy throughout history. Seeking, but not requiring, international cooperation to deal with world threats is an American tradition that extends back over many Republican and Democratic presidents. That international cooperation in a crisis makes American power in a crisis that much stronger. But America's position as a world leader stands weakened today precisely because of the Bush administration's arrogance in dealing with other nations.

Kerry has a long record of supporting fiscal discipline. He wants to return the nation to a pay-as-you-go policy that helped end decades of deficit-spending. But the pay-as-you-go policy was discarded by the administration and the Republicans in Congress.

Like Bush, Kerry is a free trader by natural inclination and by his record of votes. He voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been a boon for South Texas.

But in the final reckoning, this endorsement is more about George W. Bush than it is about John F. Kerry. We feel far better about Kerry after seeing him perform capably in the presidential debates. He is not the weak-kneed flip-flopper portrayed in the Bush campaign ads. Yet the decision is a close and anguished one.

Also, via Brazoria County Democrats and Kuff is news of an endorsement of Kerry by the Baytown Sun.

Meanwhile, Sarah has information about a rally against the Statesman yesterday for their endorsement of Bush. The Lasso has some coverage. Amblongus has some thoughts on the Statesman endorsement and the View from the Left has cancelled their subscription. I've never subscribed to the Austin American Statesman myself. Give me the New York Times.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 25, 2004 09:53 AM | TrackBack


The funny thing is the statesman prints the NY Times for the local area too and runs their stories half the time in its own paper. It's clear that the publishers of the paper steered the board. They are all very conservative.

Posted by: W00ttastic at October 25, 2004 01:30 PM

It's not an endorsement, but get set for Texas Monthly to (inadvertantly?) give a small bit of help to Republican candidates across the state. The November issue will have a smiling picture of the prim-looking First Lady on the cover. The story inside is relatively thoughtful; but the cover, designed of course to sell magazines, will be greeting every voter in every HEB across the state in the week before the election. You may remember that Tx Monthly did this last election, too, when they put an attractive picture of GW Bush on the cover of an unfavorable take on the president's impact on Crawford.
The excuse here is, no doubt, that Texas Monthly must play in the market. But it's a pretty lame excuse for plastering the public arena with favorable images of the Bushes, especially when folks can walk out of the supermarket and walk over to vote. The Bush race is a foregone conclusion, but in districts with close races elsewhere on the ballot, this could have an impact...

Posted by: Ida Sessions at October 25, 2004 02:58 PM

Ugh Texas Monthly has too many ads.

If you live in Texas you have to come to expect favorable coverage of the Bush family but who cares this race won't be decided here, now if they put this on stands in Ohio i'd be worried.

Posted by: Tek_XX at October 25, 2004 11:36 PM
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