"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
As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, I'm cynical regarding John Kerry, having, I think, a pretty good notion of what he's about. But I don't loathe him, don't think the nation will go utterly to hell in a handbasket if he's elected, and certainly don't regard him with the seething contempt the anti-Bushies direct toward W.
A Frontline special aired the other night on how Bush's faith has affected his presidency. Fair and balanced in the public-television way, it was the sort of thing you could tell would drive viewers in Cambridge and Brookline right up a pole. The impression was given that Bush actually took his faith seriously.
That is not, in my view, a bad thing. And W does come across as a likeable guy. I have trouble understanding the sneering hatred of him.