Let’s be honest for a second here. The Democratic Convention avoided any mention of John Kerry’s achievements in the Senate, principally because these have been few.
Kerry hasn’t been a legislative powerhouse like Ted Kennedy historically has been, for example. The few bills he’s introduces he’s not shown much talent shepherding through committee, coalition building, and ultimate success.
He’s also built a record over the years of being a very liberal senator. Nothing wrong with that, of course, since it’s what he is. But he’s doing his level best now to obscure that record, and run on other things like his Vietnam service.
That liberal Senate voting record, of course, hasn’t been much in evidence lately. Kerry missed 64 percent of Senate business last year, and 89 percent so far this year.
Kerry’s signature achievement in public life is being a United States Senator. Strange that he’s running away from his senate record this way. 'Course, were I in his place, I’d certainly consider doing the same.