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Elections are things we tend to take for granted in the United States, but it’s good to remember that even our democracy, with strong roots in the British experience, had some teething pains (link to PDF). This is important in light of the precarious state of democracy in the Ukraine.

France has been having some difficulty in the Ivory Coast, but then, France is used to trouble.

Of course, France could always continue its attempts to use the United Nations as a counterweight to the US, but some think that tactic is outdated, especially given the rampant corruption permeating the UN.

We conclude today with more proof that Bill O’Reilly is an entity unto himself and not much use to either side of the political debate.

Enjoy!

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November 28, 2004 at 1:20 pm

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John Emerges

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There has been little reason to write about John Kerry around here lately, and we had hoped he would sink back into his former senatorial obscurity. We may not be so lucky, but in the end, I suspect it’ll be his fellow Democrats who wish he’d grown a beard and put on a few pounds in Europe.

Mirabile dictu, it appears Kerry has decided that all that silly talk about bipartisanship was, well, silly.

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) signaled a return to partisan warfare with President Bush yesterday in an e-mail to supporters in which he accused the administration of preparing a “right-wing assault on values and ideals” and called on Democrats to fight back against what he labeled Bush’s extreme agenda.

Two weeks after delivering a generous concession speech that called for a lessening of the bitter partisanship that had marked the contest with Bush, Kerry picked up where the campaign left off and demonstrated his determination to be the leader of the opposition, in spite of his defeat.

Someone ought to tell him that Democrats are awfully unforgiving of losers. He might ask George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, and Al Gore, all of whom know a thing or two about it. Meanwhile, there’s this too:

The senator from Massachusetts promised to introduce legislation to provide health care to every child — a scaled-back version of his campaign plan for expanded access to health care coverage — when the Senate convenes next year.

Muddying the waters now by trying to leverage his disastrous campaign into a legislative mandate after two decades in the Senate is so, well, Kerry. Maybe he’ll at least show up for the job Massachusetts voters elected him to four times.

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November 28, 2004 at 8:53 am

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