John Kerry for President: Die Endorsements trudeln ein

Eine wichtige Sache in amerikanischen Wahlkämpfen sind traditionell die sog. Endorsements der Zeitungen des Landes. Dabei sind natürlich einige weniger wichtig oder überraschend als andere. Die New York Times unterstützt John Kerry:

We look back on the past four years with hearts nearly breaking, both for the lives unnecessarily lost and for the opportunities so casually wasted. Time and again, history invited George W. Bush to play a heroic role, and time and again he chose the wrong course. We believe that with John Kerry as president, the nation will do better.

Voting for president is a leap of faith. A candidate can explain his positions in minute detail and wind up governing with a hostile Congress that refuses to let him deliver. A disaster can upend the best-laid plans. All citizens can do is mix guesswork and hope, examining what the candidates have done in the past, their apparent priorities and their general character. It’s on those three grounds that we enthusiastically endorse John Kerry for president.

Das Wählerverhalten lässt sich sicherlich zu grossen Teilen an diesen drei Themen festmachen. Und dort liegt Kerry meilenweit vor Bush.