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Tuesday | January 21, 2003

Kennedy sets the bar

Kennedy has just established the new benchmark for opposition to Bush and Co.

Bush, [Kennedy] said, had driven Americans and their allies apart, citing the war on terrorism, Iraq, North Korea, education, health care and civil rights.

"Surely we can have effective relationships with other nations without adopting a chip-on-the-shoulder foreign policy," Kennedy said in a speech at the National Press Club.


Ripping into the administration for challenging the use of race in university admissions, Kennedy said: "An administration that takes such a course, whether out of conviction or political calculation, is no friend of minorities and no force for civil rights."


"The president says the war on terrorism requires us to tighten our belts, but he refuses to ask the wealthiest to share the burden," Kennedy said.

Then there's this beauty -- which EVERY Democrat should repeat ad infinitum from today through Election Day 2004:
Both at home and overseas, we need policies that unite, not divide.
The time for overt partisanship has arrived. Someone has to rescue this great country from Bush's perpetual trifecta. And if they can use Bush's empty rhetoric against him, so much the better.

Posted January 21, 2003 03:54 PM | Comments (55)


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