The Echo Chamber
Thursday, March 11, 2004
  9:38 AM

[Stephen Gordon]

After a speech yesterday, John Kerry turned to the union representatives who were standing behind him and said,

"These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group of people I've ever seen."
Kerry's spokesman has said that the comment was about the GOP attack machine, not the President. I'm not buying it. The last portion of Kerry's speech that day was an attack on the President and administration policies. From the speech:

…this is the most important race of our generation.

This is the most significant moment of crony government and crony capitalism that I've seen in my political life. And we've learned the truth of what George Bush thinks -- exporting our jobs is good economic policy. I believe that creating jobs here in America, keeping good jobs here and exporting goods, is good for our economy.

That was the end of the speech. Kerry then turned and talked with the union reps thinking that he was off-mic. If he was talking about the GOP "attack machine" there would have been no way for the union reps to know. He had just been talking about the President.

One Fox News commentator argued that we now know that this is what Kerry really believes. I disagree. Just because he thought he was having an off-the-record exchange with union representatives doesn't mean he said what he really believes. Rather, I see this as an insight into Kerry's character.

Character is doing the right thing at times when you think that you'd never be caught for doing the wrong thing. Kerry was throwing "red meat" to a few members of his base; making them feel like confidants for a moment. All he had to do was stab his opponent in the back to do it. This he was happy to do.

Clinton was a master at the winking confidence game. The difference was that he had charisma, a personal warmth that made even his opponents want to like him. Kerry has none of that charm.

Kerry has the Democratic partisans, but that's not enough to get elected. He needs swing voters, but they don't like him. When you can't inspire people to vote for you, you must make them vote against the other guy. Kerry has nowhere to go but negative. And it's a long time until November. Middle America is going to get sick of John Kerry.
 


Wednesday, March 10, 2004
  12:47 PM

Quote of the day:

The senator [John Kerry] is a mass of contradictions: He voted to support the war but against funding the troops. Which he says means he was against the war but does support the troops.

-Mark Stein



 


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