On the death penalty, Bush is for and Kerry straddles. On
abortion, Bush is against and Kerry straddles. On same-sex
marriage, Bush is demonstrably against, while Kerry is
rhetorically against but cleverly finds a policy resting
place that allows him to straddle.
It happens that I agree with Bush on the death penalty,
prefer the Supreme Court compromises on abortion and
disagree with him on a same-sex amendment. But in all
cases, this president takes a stand and makes clear what it
is. Bush is not trying to be, in the biblical phrase, all
things to all men.
Contrariwise, these Kerry straddles are troubling in one
who aspires to trustworthy leadership.