Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog


I know where you are coming from, Kerry has neither the charisma of Clinton, nor the facile certitude of his opponent. But in some ways I've come to feel much better about voting for him than I thought I would this spring. He strikes me as someone who takes a measured, grownup attitude towards his decisionmaking and more and more I think we do need a grownup to step in and clean up the mess we've managed to make of this country.

That said a president has both more and less power than the popular imagination attributes to him. The symbolic power wielded by the president does not exist in a vacuum and the world sometimes amplifies his smallest gesture, but as often mutes his greatest efforts. And the real temporal power of the office is hemmed in with restrictions practical, moral and legal that can be overcome but cannot be ignored; as the present holder of the office is beginning to learn.

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