Kerry craaaaaves approval, but ONLY from those he considers important. We need only look at his plan for the response to slaughtered citizens by the greatest power on earth- truly a 911 plan-
"I'll get help!"
Or discussed more elegantly-
"And although we cannot run an experiment to look into the alternate futures to glean the best result, to determine the relative benefits of being nice or being mean – for those, ultimately, are the choices, believe it or not – we can at least look back to see which seems to have produced the best results in the laboratory of history.
It all comes down to carrots (liberals) or sticks (conservatives)...
You can offer a carrot. Not everybody likes carrots. Some people may hate your carrot. Your carrot may offend people who worship the rutabaga.
But no one likes being poked in the eye with a stick. "
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