Your ideology is blinding you Gonk. Take the gay marriage issue for example. Kerry is trying to navigate the issue instead of taking a solid position. He opposes gay 'marriage' and votes against the DOMA (which essentially said that no State has to recognize gay 'marriage' if another State passes it). This brings up the 'full faith and credit' clause which the people in San Fran are using based upon the Massachussetts court decision. Now, Kerry can't simply say he's against gay 'marriage' and be for federalism on the issue, because Federalism will be trumped by the Full Faith and Credit Clause. Hence, he's wiffle-waffling. As he is with NAFTA (for it, then against it) As he did with Iraq (against it in '91, for it in '03, against it in '04). As he did with 'no child left behind' (for it, then against it). For the Patriot Act, then against it. Against the DOMA, yet says he's against gay 'marriages'. It will be all too easy for the GOP to show that he's a wiffle-waffler, and his voting record is extremely weak on national defense while in the US Senate. Ever wonder why no one has been elected to the White House from the US Senate in modern history? The Dems would have been much more wise to pick Edwards instead of Kerry, but they've gone too far to the left and are far too blindingly angry to see straight.