Saturday, December 06, 2003

Exit strategy 

John Kerry is losing it:

Struggling 2004 Democratic wannabe John Kerry fires an X-rated attack at President Bush over Iraq and uses the f-word - highly unusual language for a presidential contender - in a stunning new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Sen. Kerry (Mass.) used the undeleted expletive to express his frustration and anger over how the Iraq issue has hurt him because he voted for the war resolution while Democratic front-runner Howard Dean has soared by opposing it.

"I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, 'I'm against everything'? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f - - - it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did," Kerry told the youth-oriented magazine.
Did he meant to use the f-word, or did he just say it in a moment of rage? Neither option is flattering to Kerry, though. If it were the former, it'd mean he's reduced to using swear words to pander to young people, most of whom don't even vote. If it were the latter, it'd mean he can't control his emotions. Even though he used to f-word when referring to Bush, it seems to me that he is actually angry at Dean, or the voters who are supporting Dean. Kerry's quotes reeks of the attitude of "why can't voters be smart enough to see that I'm better than all the other candidates?"

And he still doesn't get it on why his vote on Iraq last year is hurting him. From a meeting with Eric Alterman and other liberal journalists:

He said he felt betrayed by George Bush, whom he had believed, had not yet made up his mind to go to war when the vote was taken. He never expected a unilateral war given the way Powell, Scowcroft, Eagleberger and others were speaking at the time. He defends his willingness to trust the president of the United States, but now realizes that this was a big mistake. At one point, after answering somebody else’s question, he turned back to me and pointedly—one might even say “passionately”—insisted, “And Eric, if you truly believe that if I had been president, we would be at war in Iraq right now, then you shouldn’t vote for me.
Once again, Kerry misses the point. Democrats aren't turned off by Kerry because they think he would take the country to war; they're turned off because he voted with the president even though he didn't want to go to war, because at the time it was the political expedient thing to do. All the post facto excuse-making is just making his image seem worse to voters who think he'll bend any way the wind blows.

Now maybe he can use this blowup as an excuse to quit and save us all the trouble of trying to come up with excuses for him.

(Links via Polipundit and The Corner)
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