An oddly passive John Kerry, showing how he might take charge of a problem:
In response to a question, Mr. Kerry said he has given no thought to the possibility of a terrorist attack taking place in the midst of the presidential campaign. "I don't think about it; I can't control it," he said.
Hello? We are not asking him to go to Logan and hand-check every passenger's luggage; we are wondering whether he is inclined to suggest something like a contingency plan. A terrorist attack on election day could re-create the confusion of Florida 2000 and undermine the legitimacy of the next President - he hasn't thought about it? He hasn't thought about it because he can't control it?
Lots of things will happen that a president can't control. What the President can try to control is the pre-planning, and the coordination of an appropriate response. Enough with the New Age self-help, John - Read the job description.
Now, the reporter pressed him - whether he wanted to throw Tall John a lifeline is your guess (and we've seen this before with these two):
He at first declined to say whether he thought the nation should be prepared to postpone the election if there is an attack, which is what took place with the New York City mayoral primary that was scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001, saying it was hypothetical question. But reminded that such a proposal was being discussed in Washington last week, he said he would strongly oppose any such move.
"I cannot imagine a worse signal to the world than to suggest that this, the greatest democracy in the world, could possibly be interrupted by an act of terror," Mr. Kerry said.
A hypothetical question? "How should we prepare for and respond to a possible Al Qaeda attack?"; "I can't respond to that, it's a hypothetical question". Gee, I feel safer already.
Maybe Adam Nagourney should have just read this Times editorial to him and asked for his comments.