Here is a headline sure to worry Dems:
Campaigning for another lets Kerry be Kerry
Oh, boy - the Tall, Dour One is hitting the stumps for Obama, offering wisdom gleaned from his 2004 experience:
Derided for suggesting in a 2004 debate that American policy should be measured against a "global test," Kerry today tells voters of the encouragement he received for Obama's candidacy from foreign heads of state on his recent trips through Asia and Africa.
"They're fascinated by the potential that he brings to our country to put forward a different face," Kerry said.
Say it with Abe - if the party had a different face, John, would they have nominated yours? Ah, well, I can see the photo now - "Halp Me, Jon Cary, I Am Stuck With This Glowbl Tast". Gosh, didn't we have fun with that global test? I know I did!
I may as well ask the same question now I did then:
The Reps should, in the appropriate venues, tie Kerry's comment to America's support for Israel. Clearly, the UN and the world community will never endorse a US effort to aid the Zionist imperialists. Would Kerry support Israel despite its inability to pass the global test? You bet he might! But watching him explain that will annoy Kerry's Left, which is no admirer of Israel.
Kerry also delivered some good material on news management:
Kerry was the first party elder to back Obama and has sent 25 million e-mail messages to his supporter list to raise money for Obama and to defend him against Internet rumors claiming that Obama was a Muslim.
Such attacks were "personal for me," Kerry wrote, because of his experience defending his Vietnam War record against the independent Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Kerry emerged as a self-styled expert on the nature of viral campaigns and the need for rapid response.
"The lesson of it is you have to be super-aware of exactly where they are, what they're saying, and what they're spending," said Kerry. "The Obama people have shown great dexterity in that - they did a very good job early on the Internet stuff - on the Muslim thing and the religion thing, and I think they've done a very good job on the Rev. Wright thing."
Hmm, surely Obama is helped by the fact that he is *not* a Muslim, even if his pastor was at one time? I would have thought that an important lesson from the Swift Boat experience was to get the facts right, and get the facts out. Kerry sat on his military records, sat on his personal diary, and left even his supporters wondering what other shoes might drop out of his copious closet.
WAVES OF NOSTALGIA: Following my own link, I am reminded of this puzzle held over from 2004 - it was a huge deal when the secret bombing of Cambodia was discovered in 1973. Yet Kerry testified to the Senate in 1970 and was not shy about hurling accusations against the conduct of Nixon and the army of Ghengis Khan. So why did he not mention his famous 1968 Christmas incursion into Cambodia back then? I have no idea if this question was answered, or even generated buzz.