...for my money it's the last graf of the same article that best sums Kerry up:
"Between the moral clarity, black and white, good and evil of George Bush that distorts and gets reality wrong," [former Kerry aide Jonathan Winer] said, "and someone who quotes a French philosopher, André Gide, saying, 'Don't try to understand me too much,' I'd let Americans decide which in the end is closer to what they need in a president, in a complex world where if you get it really wrong there are enormous consequences."
Isn't that basically Kerry in a nutshell? He'll never be too wrong--and, oh yeah, he can quote André Gide! They should put this on a bumper sticker...
Actually, why don't we let our inner Mickey Kauses run wild and turn this into a contest? If you see a quote from Kerry or a Kerry aide/associate/acquaintance/relative that you feel nicely sums up the de facto Democratic nominee, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, ATTN: "Kerry Motto Lotto." I'll announce a winner during the Democratic convention in July.
That sets the bar pretty high, but here at JustOneMinute, we are committed to victory... or at least, a long, potentially inconclusive quagmire. So, our first entry draws on the same article:
"There's indoor John and outdoor John," said Jonathan Winer, a Washington lawyer and former State Department official who worked for Mr. Kerry from 1983 to 1994.
"Indoor John is thoughtful, works all this through, is nuanced, and so deeply into the process that you can get impatient," Mr. Winer said. "Outdoor John is a man of action. There'd be a point where, Boom! and go. Once it happened, the dialogue was over, and you wouldn't always know which way he was going to go."
OK, our idea for a bumper sticker that both co-opts the "Two Americas" theme and reassures voters that John Kerry is thoughtful and reflective:
Vote Kerry - It's time for an indoor John.