Profiles in Courage…

A great question posed by author Martin Lewis…

Profiles In Courage: Endorsements When They REALLY Mattered…

Posted February 3, 2008 | 10:06 PM (EST)


1980
Choice: Reagan or Carter
Endorsement: NONE

1984
Choice: Reagan or Mondale
Endorsement: NONE

1988
Choice: Bush or Dukakis
Endorsement: NONE

1992
Choice: Bush or Clinton
Endorsement: NONE

1996
Choice: Dole or Clinton
Endorsement: NONE

2000
Choice: Bush or Gore
Endorsement: NONE

2004
Choice: Bush or Kerry
Endorsement: NONE

If a high-profile Democrat who has the platform of an immensely powerful family name that might affect how many people vote IF he/she made an endorsement – and yet FAILED to endorse the Democratic candidate in ANY of the last seven Presidential elections – finally decided to endorse a candidate now in the Democratic primaries…

How much respect should we give that endorsement?

Someone who had the opportunity and responsibility to speak out against the Republican presidential candidate at SEVEN elections that really mattered – yet declined to publicly oppose:

• Ronald Reagan
• George H.W. Bush
• Bob Dole
• George W. Bush

Someone who had the opportunity and responsibility to speak up for the Democratic presidential candidate at SEVEN elections that really mattered – yet declined to publicly support:

• Jimmy Carter
• Walter Mondale
• Michael Dukakis
• Bill Clinton
• Al Gore
• John Kerry

Exactly.

Meet Caroline Kennedy.

Now Caroline Kennedy has done wonderful charity work over the years. She is to be commended for that work. And her grace and nobility throughout her life are exemplary. She has carried herself with dignity despite repeated family tragedies.

However – WITHOUT IN ANY WAY DEMEANING ANY OF THAT – before we pay heed to her views of presidential candidates in 2008 – is it not pertinent to politely and respectfully enquire where her endorsements were in the preceding seven presidential elections?

Elections that resulted in us having a cumulative TWENTY YEARS OF Ronald Reagan and two George Bushes.

Just asking…

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