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31.7.04

Kerry Speechifies

As of Thursday night, it looks like some people are moving from anti-Bush to pro-Kerry. I find this weird, especially coming from political junkies who have been following the campaign for over a year. Kerry hasn't changed who he is. He didn't lay out any new directions in how he'd handle the presidency. The same arguments about the merits of his candidacy still apply. He (or his speechwriters) just thought up a more inspiring spin to put on it. I can see how a speech like this could convince someone who hadn't been paying much attention to the race, because they would learn new information about who John Kerry is and what he stands for. But seasoned political observers shouldn't change their views over a prettier bunch of words.

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