Tag Archives: John Kerry


August 26th, 2009 by Matthew Slutsky

It has taken all day for me to even begin to process the loss of Senator Ted Kennedy. I was lucky to be able to see “the Lion” in-person on a number of occasions and those memories and images have been buzzing through my mind all day.

I have a vivid memory of watching Teddy during the 2002 “Fighting for Families” bus tour in support of gubernatorial candidate Shannon O’Brien and Sen. John Kerry as he gave an impromptu and rousing speech to striking labor workers somewhere in western Massachusetts. I recall that his speech began in a low whisper and the crowd quieted to hear his words. As he continued to talk about the plight of the union members and the need for fair working conditions, it was if someone suddenly hit a switch and his voice became loud, animated and it rang throughout the crowd. On that occasion and a number of future encounters, I remember closing my eyes while Teddy spoke so I could just listen to his voice and that all-too-familiar Kennedy accent. The voice alone carried with it such a rich and important piece of the American experience.

Sadly, Teddy was forced to give many eulogies throughout his life and some remain among his most famous speeches. I have spent time today searching through them and I thought there would be no better way to eulogize him then to simply let the words that he offered when people needed to be comforted and given strength speak for themselves.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Rose Kennedy (Ted’s mother)

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Robert F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, Jr.

“We dared to think, in that other Irish phrase, that this John Kennedy would live to comb gray hair, with his beloved Carolyn by his side. But like his father, he had every gift but length of years. We who have loved him from the day he was born, and watched the remarkable man he became, now bid him farewell.”

The Latest WSJ Poll

June 12th, 2008 by Joshua Skaroff

shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain nationally by six points, 47 to 41 percent. As Chuck Todd points out, Pres. Bush never lead Sen. John Kerry by more than four points in the WSJ poll in 2004.


April 16th, 2008 by Peter Slutsky

This morning, Bruce Springsteen endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States. Here is the letter that he posted on his website.

Dear Friends and Fans:

LIke most of you, I’ve been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.

He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where “…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”

At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man’s life and vision, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams of My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.

After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.

Over here on E Street, we’re proud to support Obama for President.

In 2004, Bruce passionately endorsed John Kerry and played some great shows for him in the final days of the fall campaign. Alas, there is no President Kerry, but given the fact that Obama has had some trouble “connecting” with working class voters (I don’t believe this, but it’s out there in the media narrative), this endorsement from the Boss should help solidify some of that blue-collar support.

Here’s video from that 2004 event in Madison, Wisconsin.

Quote of The Day

December 28th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

“I’d rather explain a change of position any day than look a parent in the eye and tell them that their son or daughter had to die so that a broken policy could live.”

-Sen. John Kerry, Washington Post December 24, 2006

Hoagies And Hope!

November 2nd, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

We are working hard to get some press about our trip across America. If you know any reporters who you think would be interested in covering our story – a story of triumphant in the face of adversity, shoot us an email. In the meantime, check out this morning’s hit in the New York Jewish Week.

Political Podcasting, On The Road
Twins take up their parents’ minivan and the progressive cause in run-up to midterm elections.
Liel Leibovitz

The road trip is an old American tradition. The political road trip, for aspiring new media journalists, however, may be something new: It may have started four months ago, when Peter and Matthew Slutsky, 25, two Philadelphia-born twins, said goodbye to friends, family and employers and got in a minivan headed for the great open.

It was, in part, an odyssey born of frustration. After working on Democratic campaigns — most recently John Kerry’s — the Slutskys decided to switch sides.

“We decided we were more interested in taking the media angle,” said Peter Slutsky. “And so, we developed a podcast,” a self-produced radio show of sorts available for download over the Internet (www.doublespeakshow.com). It gets a few thousand hits a day, which is considered a respectable number.

The podcast’s first interviewees were politicians in the Washington, D.C. area, where the two were living. But a few months into serving as the hosts of their own program, they realized the only way to get to the truly interesting candidates in the districts that really mattered was to literally take their show on the road.

“So we took a leave of absence from our jobs,” said Peter, “and we bought a minivan from our parents.” (The twins are brothers of Jewish Week staff writer Carolyn Slutsky.)

Together with their childhood friend, Josh Skaroff, they’ve covered more than 20 states in the last several months, interviewing nearly every major candidate on the ballot in next week’s midterm elections. “We had incredible access,” said Peter, “and it shows that campaigns are looking at people like us, because we’re a new way to get the message out. It’s very successful.”

Read the rest here…

My favorite line:

The trip, of course, wasn’t all politics. There were hoagies and muffins and all other manner of fast food inevitable when on the road. There was breathtaking scenery, distracting even the very purpose-driven team. And there was also a buffalo that almost ended up as road kill. But overall, Peter said, there was a sense of hope.

It’s all about hoagies and hope!

Sen. Kerry, The Sequel

October 9th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

And they’re off…

The 2008 political season is already underway and it appears that Senator John Kerry is eyeing another run for the Presidency. The Boston Globe’s Brian Mooney has written a substantial article outlining Kerry’s current activities in addition to some of the obstacles that he’s up against should he jump in the race.

From the Globe:

With a frenetic pace of barnstorming and fund-raising on behalf of Democratic candidates, Kerry’s moves over the last several months have convinced his inner circle that he intends to launch another run for president.

Kerry himself insisted he has not decided whether to run. But more than a dozen longtime loyalists interviewed for this story said they had no doubt that Kerry would attempt what a host of Washington doubters think unimaginable: become the first Democrat in half a century to lose a general election and be renominated four years later.

“My impression is there’s no way he’s not going to run,” said a confidant who speaks with Kerry regularly and asked not to be identified.

Kerry, who will spend at least 18 of the next 29 days campaigning for Democratic candidates, said in an interview Friday that he is concentrating his energies on the 2006 elections, in which the Democrats are increasingly optimistic that they have a chance at winning a majority in the House and possibly the Senate.

There has also been recent press on Kerry’s tough-talk regarding the Swift Boat crowd and his desire to fight them harder should there be another try at the Presidency.

From the AP:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., lashed out Sunday against a group that campaigned against him during his last run at the White House.

Kerry said he is concerned that Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is again resorting to “the politics of fear and smear.”

The group, financed by Texas conservatives, ran commercials questioning his Vietnam record _ the centerpiece of his presidential campaign in 2004. Those same conservatives have formed another group this year _ Economic Freedom Fund _ to campaign against Democrats across the country.

“We’re not going to give them an ounce of daylight,” said Kerry, who is considering another run at the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

The senator said his response to the commercials in 2004 was not strong enough.

“We thought the fact that the truth was out there was enough,” he said. “Clearly it wasn’t.”

Thank You, Mr. Kerry

September 11th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky


“It is immoral for old men to send young Americans to fight and die in a conflict without a strategy that can work – on a mission that has not weakened terrorism but worsened it.”

-John Forbes Kerry, September 9, 2006 in a speech delivered at Boston’s Faneuil Hall on keeping America safe

Tomorrow Is The Day

August 7th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

Joe Lieberman
Tomorrow is the day. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) will face the voters of Connecticut for what COULD be the final time.

Win or lose, Lieberman and others must realize that Iraq is a bloody mess. We all know someone who is over there fighting under the stars and stripes and we want them home now!

Whatever justification Joe Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel or John McCain had when they cast their vote in 2002, the situation has changed and all logic tells us that we have made a mistake in invading Iraq and now our brave men and women in uniform are dying in a un-winnable war.

There is a civil war breaking out and it’s time to get our troops home. The Iraqi people want us out, it’s time to get our troops home and above all, there is no end game. We’re in overtime, the game is over. We toppled a regime, stood by as Iraq formed a government and now we’re serving as babysitters to that government and we’re the ones with huge targets on our backs.

I hope Joe Lieberman goes down swinging tomorrow. Why? Not because I hate Joe Lieberman or because I am some radical anti-war liberal (as the GOP would tag me), but because I want leaders who lead with their eyes open and I want America to return to the great world leader that it has been and will someday be again. Joe, if you can’t see the mistakes you have made and if you can’t step up and be the leader than you say you are, even in the face of admitting that you made a mistake, then, I’m sorry; you deserve to fall on your sword.

Mark Warner

July 12th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

has hired former Kerry campaign manager Jim Jordan to work for his Forward Together PAC. For all of us playing insiders baseball, this is a big news story and we’ll see how this changes Warner’s tactics in the coming months.

Swift Boat Politics in New Jersey

June 30th, 2006 by Matthew Slutsky

There they go again. The Republicans running Thomas Kean’s campaign for U.S. Senate in New Jersey are now outwardly saying that they’re producing a swift-boat like film trashing Democrat Senator Bob Menendez. This is disgusting and truly astonishing that they’re so willing to admit to this brand of trash politics.

From the NYTimes:

Mr. Kean’s chief campaign consultant, Matt Leonardo, a strategist for Republican candidates, disclosed the plans in an interview and said the film would be “very similar” in purpose to the commercials used to attack the military record of John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race.

Nevertheless, the Kean campaign will challenge that biography in “a long-form film,” Mr. Leonardo said, just as commercials broadcast in 2004 attacked Mr. Kerry’s military record. Those commercials, relying on claims by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, purported to expose Mr. Kerry’s military decorations as exaggerated or fraudulent. Although the premise and many elements of the Swift boat advertisements were strongly disputed, as a whole they were seen as successful in hobbling the Kerry campaign.

The media, obviously more aware of this type of slash and burn politics, is already fact checking these accusations- something that took much longer for them to do during the ‘04 cycle.

Mr. Kean’s charges are not, however, supported by the public record and were repudiated by independent authorities including the four assistant United States attorneys who prosecuted Union City officials of that era for racketeering and corruption. There is no truth, those former officials say, to the Kean campaign’s charge that Mr. Menendez made a deal to keep himself out of prison.

This is disgusting and I hope the Menendez campaign is ready to fire back.