This is an email I received from John Kerry shortly after the 2004 election. I’m sure it’s a form letter sent to anyone who sent him an email or was on his email list. If I find the message I sent to him that elicited this response I’ll add it to this post.
I was a Howard Dean supporter in 2004 and became angry at how the Democratic establishment “swift-boated (months before Kerry himself was swift-boated by Bush)” Dean after he got excited and screamed at a speech.
Kerry was the eventual Dem nominee and lost to a very unpopular Bush. He was, like Hillary was in 2016, the ONLY Democrat who would have lost to Bush. Here is a campaign ad that includes pictures of Kerry who went wind surfing during the election.
Dems seem to love losing elections. The only time they win is after a Republican president tanks the economy (1992, 2008, 2020).
Earlier today I spoke to President Bush, and offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation, and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need, the desperate need, for unity for finding the common ground, coming together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing.
In America, it is vital that every vote counts, and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail. But it is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won’t be enough outstanding votes for our campaign to be able to win Ohio. And therefore, we cannot win this election.
It was a privilege and a gift to spend two years traveling this country, coming to know so many of you. I wish I could just wrap you in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
To all of you, my volunteers and online supporters, all across this country who gave so much of themselves, thank you. Thanks to William Field, a six-year-old who collected $680, a quarter and a dollar at a time selling bracelets during the summer to help change America. Thanks to Michael Benson from Florida who I spied in a rope line holding a container of money. It turned out he raided his piggy bank and wanted to contribute. And thanks to Alana Wexler, who at 11 years old and started Kids for Kerry.
I thank all of you, who took time to travel, time off from work, and their own vacation time to work in states far and wide. You braved the hot days of summer and the cold days of the fall and the winter to knock on doors because you were determined to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans. You worked your hearts out, and I say, don’t lose faith. What you did made a difference, and building on itself, we will go on to make a difference another day. I promise you, that time will come — the election will come when your work and your ballots will change the world, and it’s worth fighting for.
I’m proud of what we stood for in this campaign, and of what we accomplished. When we began, no one thought it was possible to even make this a close race, but we stood for real change, change that would make a real difference in the life of our nation, the lives of our families, and we defined that choice to America. I’ll never forget the wonderful people who came to our rallies, who stood in our rope lines, who put their hopes in our hands, who invested in each and every one of us. I saw in them the truth that America is not only great, but it is good.
So here — with a grateful heart, I leave this campaign with a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I’ve come to know our vast country so much better and that prayer is very simple: God bless America.
Thursday, November 4, 2004, 12:14 PM
I have one question for you? Why would you bless a country that just reelected a man who has done nothing but lie to the American people, belittle the soldiers doing his dirty work based on lies by making jokes at fundraisers and do everything in his power to go against the will of the American people on issues such as jobs, the economy and the environment? The man has not done a single thing to benefit the ninety-five percent of us that do not make up the wealthiest five percent, which are his friends, yet fifty one percent of them voted for him out of either stupidity or fear.
I voted for you Tuesday but I think it is sad that the Democratic Party could not come up with a candidate that could beat a president who was in a position to lose. Which he was based on the closeness of the races in Florida, Ohio, Nevada and New Mexico.
Good luck and please get plenty of rest this holiday season. You will need all the strength you have to spend four years filibustering.