He is an opportunist. Even thgouh I now like Bush, a significant number of liberals feel threatened and hate him. John Kerry has nothing to compete against a candidate that has a majority of support. He has "wanted to be president his whole life". Why hasn't he run before? Because he has nothing to offer. If he'd tried to run before, he'd fall flat on his face against previous candidates that had a more impressive records and stronger support. He's running against George W. Bush (not Bush Jr.) because enough people hate George Bush that they'll vote to simply get him out of office. John Kerry needs that out-vote. It's his strongest ticket IN. Otherwise, put John Kerry up against Bill Clinton and he wouldn't get nominated. If he did somehow, George H.W. Bush would have the stronger platform of history. Put him up against George W. Bush in 2000, and he *may* have had a chance based on the Hate-Bush vote again. Anyway, just observances I've made. I've come to like Bush in the past 2 years. Under the Bush administration, I've become a homeowner, gotten a great job, and am raising two kids. I don't actually think that has much to do with Bush, but it did happen under his term. Kerry's campaign has failed to prove to me that Kerry has done anything in his life that would improve the lifestyles of americans. They haven't even tried, I guess because he has nothing (although I'm glad I'm hearing less about his VietNam service lately), and even has a poor voting and attendence record in the senate. I've heard from my own loose research that he's done great things for vets, while still never sponsoring a bill. So anyway, I'm voting Bush because I know what I have.