I have to take issue with Roger Simon on this one:
Ultimately, I don’t care what a man did thirtysome years ago. I have to allow him to grow and change, if I am to allow that for myself. I care about where the man is today… and this man seems nowhere.
That seems fair on the surface, but his analysis has no bearing on Kerry’s viability as a candidate. In fact, the essence of the Kerry campaign is that he is the same man he was 30 years ago, otherwise voters would know more about the man other than he has a second rich wife and served in Vietnam.
Not to mention, as Jay Caruso and Jay Reding, Kerry isn’t helping us know who he is or what he intends to do, because he refuses to divulge his intentions or plans for Iraq or for the economy.
In short, John Kerry’s platform to date reminds me of the old joke:
Q: “How do you say ‘F— You’ in Los Angeles?”
A: “Trust Me.”
It’s true you know. You can’t run your whole campaign based on Vietnam, your acceptance speech speaking endlessly of Vietnam, and then not expect Vietnam to be looked at as important
Did you see the Swift Boat Vets ad? Devastating. Teeth shattering. And he asked for it. He painted a big target on his ass and said, “Please kick me as hard as possible right here.”
There’s that, and there’s the fact that there is no position he can take that his critics can’t look at and say is inconsistent with his past.
He’s in trouble. Big time.
Consider the following from SoxBlog:
THE KERRY BRAIN
If you would, please remind me what President Bush’s plans for Iraq and the economy are?
David R. Block
When all else fails, try to change the subject.
I thought the subject was this: the refusal to divulge intentions or plans for Iraq or for the economy.