DENVER — The last time we heard from John Kerry, it was because he made a botched joke. Last night, he delivered a botched speech.
Kerry had his work cut out for him by speaking after Bill Clinton brought the house down at the Pepsi Center with the first speech of the Democratic National Convention that offered anything close to a coherent case for Barack Obama.
But after Clinton left the stage to a rousing standing ovation, Kerry made an appearance so he could to air his dirty laundry from his defeat in the 2004 election, starting off by reminding delegates that “we came so close to victory.”
The speech was littered with catch phrases from the last presidential election: “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time”; “mission accomplished” and “being for it before you’re against it.”
But mostly, it was a myopic, narcissistic, and belated attempt by Kerry to fight back against what he perceived to be unfair attacks that sank his presidential hopes.
Early in the speech, Kerry, who couldn’t hold a consistent position on Iraq during the last election, attacked McCain as a flip-flopper.
“To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician, I say, let’s compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain,” he said, adding that, “before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself.”p>Then Kerry launched a completely inside-baseball assault on McCain’s campaign style: br> /p> blockquote> br> Senator McCain, who once railed against the smears of Karl Rove when he was the target, has morphed into candidate McCain who is using the same “Rove” tactics and the same “Rove” staff to repeat the same old politics of fear and smear. Well, not this year, not this time. The Rove-McCain tactics are old and outworn, and America will reject them in 2008. br> /blockquote> br> Later, Kerry said Obama “will be a president who seeks not to perfect the lies of Swift boating, but to end them once and for all.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?