John Kerry

Essay by Mely17University, Master'sA+, June 2004

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People always like to frame an election as a competition between two candidates. I know, as well as you do, that the very thought is ridiculous. Candidates in this country are not elected based on the content of their character, but by the political marketing that drives their campaigns. That is the reason for me writing this letter. You see, if I have to suffer Bush & Cheney's band of marketers for another four years, I may lose what little faith I have left in America due to the political and social ruin it's flung itself into. I am sure winning this election is very important to John Kerry. It's even more important for the American Dream.

John Kerry absolutely has to win this election. And judging by the way this campaign has been run so far, if you'll pardon my criticism, that's not going to happen. Kerry's campaign is being completely and utterly batched.

In a normal election year, it might not matter as much. But there's going to be nothing normal about this election. It's going to be the dirtiest campaign in American history, and your team is up against quite possibly one of the most cynical bastards to ever work in politics. I wish I was talking about one of our appointed leaders, but that's not the case. Bush's bid for re-election is being run by a group of mad scientists, with Karl Rove firmly in control. And based on how the Kerry campaign has already handled several key issues, it is clear you have no one who can take charge against him in the public relations department.

For some reason, although I have no political experience, I, a 22-year-old student, am going to tell you what you should be doing. This is generally the part of...