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March 10, 2004

Disgusted By Kerry

i'm so disgusted by John Kerry. Four years ago i never would have believed that the Democrats could produce a candidate with less character than Al Gore. But John Kerry makes Gore Look like George Washington. i truly believe Kerry is more dishonorable than Bill or even Hillery Clinton. He's a disgrace.

Just as it happened with Al Gore, at some point the media will not be able to cover for him anymore. His deficiencies will reach a critical mass and he will self destruct. i think it's sad. Edwards would have been so much better for the Democratic Party, but they've made their bed now. They're so consumed with their irrational Bush hatred, that they had to choose a hater, rather than Edwards, who actually had a positive message.

Captain's Quarters is all over Kerry's latest gaffe:

Senator John Kerry revealed an ugly and poorly controlled side of himself when he thought he was off-mike this afternoon while speaking with AFL-CIO union workers in Chicago:
'. . . "Keep smiling," one man said to him.

Kerry responded, "Oh yeah, don't worry man. We're going to keep pounding, let me tell you -- we're just beginning to fight here. These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group of people I've ever seen."'

Simply appalling. . . . you can see a Kerry aide hurriedly trying to disconnect the microphone, to no avail, which leads me to wonder what else John Kerry says when he thinks the mikes are off.
As is Hugh Hewitt:
Kerry obviously meant the president, the vice president, Karl Rove and the president's re-election campaign. . . .

Now the media needs to call him on it. What's the evidence for 'crooked,' for 'lying?' What's he mean, and in detail. You don't get to walk away from such outrageous charges with a laugh and a wave. Kerry was a defender of Clinton, recall, a president demonstrated to be a liar and crooked. . . . But Bush-Cheney are worse than Clinton in Kerry's world. The president let slip once in 2000 what he thought of New York Times' reporter Adam Clymer, and the world collapsed on him. Kerry's charge is so much more serious that it defies comparison.

i've heard the actual tape of the slander many times today. It's obvious he was calling the President and the administration a bunch of crooks and a liars. i know he's not the only one saying that, but as a presidential candidate, it’s inexcusable to say those things in public. The big problem i have is that he said it out in the open, when he knew he could be overheard. That shows an astounding lack of judgment. But then, exhibiting a lack of judgment has never been out of character for Kerry.

When Bush made his Adam Clymer comment, at least he was saying it to an aide, not a member of the public. Kerry was walking along a receiving line, shaking hands with the public, when he slandered the president.

You've seen these events on CSPAN. A candidate spends maybe a half hour shaking hands with total strangers, trying to be friendly and trying to make everyone think that he really cares who's hand he’s shaking. It’s repetitive business, so they always have their standard canned comments, which they repeat at every receiving line.

Usually the canned comments are along the lines of "Nice to see you . . ." "How you doing . . ." or "It's great to be here . . ." When Kerry says "We're going to keep pounding . . . we're just beginning to fight here," i imagine those are phrases he's said hundreds of times at hundreds of different events.

Which leads me to question whether Kerry also repeats, soto voce, that "These guys are the most crooked . . . lying group of people I've ever seen" every time he shakes hands at an event.

What's even more disgraceful is that the guy is a coward. Since he's not fooling anybody when his lackeys at Reuters and AP try to cover for him, why not admit the truth and say: "Yes, I’m talking about this administration!" That would certainly appeal to his base, proving his right to take over Dean's spot as chief hate-monger. Instead, by backing down from the obvious intent of his remark, he makes himself look weak on the single most important issue to his base: Bush hatred.

Kerry wants it both ways. He wants to energize his live crowds by letting them know he's just as irrationally mean and hate-filled as they are. At the same time, he wants to appear civilized and centrist when he's on camera, to appeal to the swing voters who don't normally attend political rallies.

Here's more proof of Kerry's two-faced approach:

The East Bay for Kerry / MoveOn House party on December 7th combined the forces of two grass-roots organizations based in San Francisco East Bay Area. . . .

When Teresa Heinz-Kerry arrived, she handed me a pin that read in the center: 'Asses of Evil' with 'Bush', 'Cheney', 'Rumsfeld' and 'Ashcroft' surrounding it.

Those Democrats got a lot of class, don't they? That bit of info is from the Kerry for President blog, too.

The candidate's wife is perfectly comfortable calling the President of the United States "evil" and an "ass," along with the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General. Then the candidate himself expects us to ignore our own ears and believe that he wasn't calling the President of the United States "crooked" and a "liar."

(It reminds me of the Simpsons episode when Side Show Bob was up for parole and the parole board asked him why he was wearing a t-shirt that said "Die Bart Die" on it and he said, "Oh, it's not what you think, that's German for 'The Bart, the.'")

Al Gore had his problems, personality-wise, but he was never this bad. When Kerry loses in November, without a Florida or a Nader as excuses, will the Democrats be honest enought to realize that they have only themselves to blame? i doubt it.

Posted by annika, Mar. 10, 2004 |
Rubric: annikapunditry


I have to say, I find the "asses of evil" thing terribly funny. I haven't got much of an opinion on the rest of it. I certainly don't think that the "Anyone but Bush" attitude is a very intelligent one, but on the other hand I really do not want him re-elected, and the democrats made their choice. Argh. I am just not up for thinking at the moment. But really - Asses of Evil? Funny.

Posted by: other Annika on Mar. 10, 2004

Hey, I'm an older guy who thinks these thoughts, Annika. When you articulate them, it does my heart good.

"If you are are twenty and not a liberal, you have no heart; if you are thirty and not a conservative, you have no brain"

von Bismarck

Annika, whatever age, you are right on on this one.

By the way, eight months out, polls mean little; the incumbancy and the funds to send the message are daunting to Kerry, and he is now facing the doldrums (look it up guys).

Watch the polls change in the next few months.

Kerry is a dead man walking. I don't care if he gets Hillary, Billary or Dock to be his running mate.

Posted by: Shelly S. on Mar. 10, 2004

Annika, he gets to me too. I said the other day that my hatred for Kerry is reaching bushian proportions lately, and I mean it more and more every day. He keeps doing these things that make me absolutely loathe him.

Posted by: Sarah on Mar. 11, 2004

Do you know where I could hear a clip of Kerry saying this? I can't find one anywhere, and living overseas, we don't get to hear that kind of stuff. (It was a week before I heard Dean's scream.)

Posted by: Sarah on Mar. 11, 2004

Yes, Kerry is looking more and more like a nastier and more odious Gore each day. Inconsistent, contrived and totally transparent.

He's also following Dean's path perfectly. Nothing but nasty, no-class venom. He'll have a short lived boost from the moonbats but soon mostly everyone will tire of his shtick and send him to a dismal defeat.

A few years from now he'll be an obscure Trivial Pursuit question (next to Paree' Hilton).

Posted by: Radical Redneck on Mar. 11, 2004

As a 36 year-old whose liberalism should have passed its expiration date half a decade ago, let me jump in with both feet.

Annika, leaving aside Kerry's merits (don't blame me, you know full well I voted for and sent money to Dennis Kucinich), it's not as if this kind of invective is new in American politics. By 19th century standards (with the famous low point of the 1884 election between Cleveland, and I think, James G. Blaine), "crooked liars" is tame stuff indeed.

Nixon's Watergate tapes revealed a stunningly foul mouth.

And I don't think angry words are hate-mongering. Why, some of my best friends are Republicans. I regularly call them "heartless capitalist bastards"; they regularly call me an "effete limousine liberal out of touch with the regular world". Then we all have a good laugh and go grab a latte.

Chill, folks.

By the way, Kerry loses Florida but takes Ohio and West Virginia. All other states stay the same as in 2000; Dems take the White House. Hugo's personal prediction.

Posted by: Hugo on Mar. 11, 2004


To paraphrase another Nixon moment, I wear a proper Republican cloth coat and drink proper Republican black coffee....If your GOP friends drink lattes, they should be admonished. At a bar near the MA state house, I notice that Democrats also tend to order single malt scotch with ice...which is like pouring CA Chardonnay into a Bordeaux Cabernet...i.e., insanity.

Annika, I share your disdain for Kerry, I live in Boston and know people who have been on the Cape/Islands witnessing Kerry pull his famous, petulant DYKWIA moments, these give deep insight into the man's character. The problem is if you thought the infamous 2000 James Byrd NAACP ad was the worst it could possibly get from the Dems, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. By Memorial day this campaign will be vicious beyond any precedent...and still with 60 days before the convention!!!

Posted by: Jason O. on Mar. 11, 2004

"you know full well I voted for and sent money to Dennis Kucinich...Then we all have a good laugh and go grab a latte..."

Who is this eunuch?

Posted by: Radical Redneck on Mar. 11, 2004

"Ma, ma, where's my pa?
Gone to the White House ha, ha, ha!"

No, Hugo, i know "crooked liar" is sorta tame by James Callender standards, but it's the sort of thing that should be spoken by surrogates, not the major candidate himself.

Posted by: annika! on Mar. 11, 2004

Just to refresh your memories on Republican vulgarity:

"We kicked a little ass last night"

George H.W. Bush after debating Geraldine Ferraro, 1984...

And my dear Mr. Redneck, you are invited out with me and my pals any time for lattes and stimulating, good natured political dialogue.

Go Bears.

Posted by: Hugo on Mar. 11, 2004

I know Kerry must be loathsome because Annika doesn't even bother to misspell his name.

John Kerry's our man!
flips-flops in the wind just like
Bill Clinton's scrotum


Posted by: Kevin Kim on Mar. 11, 2004

Hey Kevin, what's your character for John Kerry look like? i think you should transmogriphy the Howard Dean cock into a Kerry lookalike?

Posted by: annie on Mar. 11, 2004

Ooops, i just checked Kevin's site. Keep the sheep-fucker motif, it works!

Posted by: annie again on Mar. 11, 2004

Who's Carey? He sounds French.

Posted by: d-rod on Mar. 11, 2004

Qui c'est, ce "Carey"?

une carie = a (dental) cavity


Posted by: Kevin Kim on Mar. 11, 2004

"Four years ago i never would have believed that the Democrats could produce a candidate with less character than Al Gore. But John Kerry makes Gore Look like George Washington."

Classic! :)

Posted by: Mark on Mar. 11, 2004

"Go Bears"

No. Raidahs!

Posted by: Radical Redneck on Mar. 12, 2004

DVD to Pocket PC

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