March 29, 2004

International Allure Part II

Back in February, I posted about a group called "Democrats Abroad" and their upcoming meeting in Scotland. Today, I found an article on the ongoing meeting. Kerry's sister was a speaker, and she's toeing the party line quite nicely:

.... And speaking on BBC Radio Scotland later, the former teacher warned of a "personalised attack" on her brother in the forthcoming fight for the White House.

She said: "We know it is going to be a very tough campaign, we expect that there will be an attempt on the part of the attack machine to smear my brother’s name and his record.

Because her brother's campaign is so warm & fuzzy, you know.

[....]

Ms Kerry has spoken strongly and emotionally over the past few days, saying that her brother would "work to heal the anti-US feeling that is rampant across the world since the Bush administration came to office".

She added: "The reason we are out with Democrats Abroad is that there are many Americans who consider themselves not necessarily Democrats, but who understand the world’s problems are going to make them Americans Overseas for Kerry supporters and we want to harness that group as well.

Because, of course, the Europeans are never at fault and us silly Americans living at home don't know any better. "French looking" indeed.

[....]

A spokeswoman for Democrats Abroad pointed out the importance of the vote outside the US.

She said: "Democrats Abroad contributes a lot. Congressional races have been won on an absentee ballot. We are registering vast numbers of people who have never voted before.

"There is a fire and passion about this year’s election because of the 2000 election, Iraq and environmental issues.

You're not the only ones with fire and passion. Here's hoping come November our fire consumes yours.

According to the article 5 million Americans live abroad. I wonder if the Republican party has a similar outreach to get voters registered?

Posted by Ithildin at March 29, 2004 5:54 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

I know Republicans Abroad has been stepping up that kind of outreach, but I still don't think it's quite on the same scale. Things may well have changed dramatically since then, but certainly when I was in the UK in 1996 (working for the Tories, then still hanging on for dear life), the Dems certainly seemed much more active than the GOP.

Posted by: Dave J at March 29, 2004 7:27 PM