"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
What happens if Kerry's arms get stuck? He's making that raised V gesture so often he seems to be auditioning for a job as a set of goal posts for Adam Vinatieri, hero of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots. The senator's chiropractor must worry--what if the muscles freeze up in that gesture and President Kerry has to spend an entire term with his arms in the air? Riding Marine One with his arms in the air, strolling through the Rose Garden with his arms in the air, giving fireside chats in times of national emergency seated in the high-backed chair with his arms in the air…Gregg Easterbrook
I wonder if there's any Boston political journalist who isn't a hopeless Democratic hack who has a kind word for Kerry? All the ones I come across don't just dislike Kerry. They loathe him.Andrew Sullivan
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Some supporters of the Massachusetts Democrat have taken to wearing Kerry Gaelic football shirts.
Attention, Deaniacs: America evidently doesn't want to be taken back.
Thus Catholics for Dean, who as far as we know consist of the webmaster and Martin Sheen, are about to see their champion stamp back into maple-flavored obscurity.
Here's Catholic for Dean blogger Tim, in a flame war with Kathy Shaidle, indulging in Western guilt for the sins of the world:
Other countries are poor because Europeans colonized and exploited them, destroying local economies to make them consumers of European goods. In our own neck of the woods, we are the colonists and the victims are the Native Americans, who have suffered the fate of near-extinction.
To Old Vermonters Dean is a "Flatlander," which means he comes from outside the state. Specifically Dean hails from Park Avenue and East Hampton. But you could also say he comes from the 1960s. A classic liberal baby boomer and Yale graduate, Dean typifies what many call "the Flatlander invasion" -- the massive influx of urban professional liberals who've taken advantage of Vermont's famous tolerance and don't-tread-on-me individualism and turned it into a whatever-floats- your-boat Epcot Center exhibit of Green Socialism.
"The Flatlander invasion represents perhaps the most complete case of internal American colonialism since the destruction of the Indian," says Hal Goldman, a historian and lawyer who's studied and worked in Vermont. "Hundreds of thousands of highly educated, well-off people invaded a state with a unique culture and history. They seized control of its resources and institutions, demeaned and destroyed the indigenous values of its people, altered the landscape, and drove many of the natives from their homes as a result of their activities. If this happened in Africa, the same people would call it colonialism. In Vermont it's called liberal chic. The colonists are arrogant, disrespectful, and hypocritical. And Howard Dean is their king."