Four years ago talk was of folks preferring Bush over Kerry because Bush was someone that they could see having a beer with. Perhaps there is something to this. I would much rather have a beer that comes with an intelligent conversation and a person who isn't going to shove their religion down my throat. In addition, I think that beer would go down much easier if their political positions closely matched my own. On the other hand, some Americans prefer a night of heavy drinking where you wake up in a pool of vomit in a Kennebunkport jail cell. Go figure.
While John Kerry endorsed Barack Obama, Bob Kerrey backed Hillary Clinton. What's so interesting is his qualified endorsement:
Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey was candid about his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, despite what he admitted was an affinity for Barack Obama’s less doctrinaire politics.Once again, we have a voter picking a candidate by some criteria other that how well the candidates political positions match their own:
But discussing the importance American voters place on a candidate’s personal likability, Mr. Kerrey said: “If you’re talking about having somebody in your living room every day for four years — on the television — people are going to have to like listening to them. In that category, I like Obama better.”
After several friends had e-mailed him a link to an Internet quiz that uses a checklist of issues to determine which candidate a participant matches up best with, Mr. Kerrey said, he “broke down and tried it.”
So, did his answers add up as an Obama person’s?
“No, actually, I was ‘Dennis Kucinich,’ ” he said.