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Monday, March 15, 2004

 

"Foreign leaders elsewhere in the world"
I really don't understand Kerry's recent statements defending his claim that he has the secret endorsement of various foreign leaders. To begin with, it's a stupid claim. What are we supposed to say? "Oh, well, if France wants us to elect John Kerry, then by all means, lets!" I think it shows a profound lack of understanding about America, and I really doubt it's going to help him.

Add to that the fact that calling him on it is a win-win for the Bush administration. Colin Powell and Scott McClellan can easily call for him to divulge who he's talking about, and legitimately suggest that he's making things up if he doesn't. He can't say who it is, obviously, because if it's someone important (doubtful), then that hurts their relations with both Bush and Kerry, and if it's someone unimportant (almost assuredly), then Kerry looks like an idiot for calling the French ambassador to Canada a "foreign leader."

But while the situation in general is absurd, Kerry's most recent comments have been even wierder. If Bush had ever used the ridiculously redundant term "foreign leaders elsewhere in the world," it would have been a Slate 'Bushism' faster than you could say "misunderestimate." But I have a feeling Kerry will get a pass on it.

Add to that the claim that he is "talking about people who were our friends nine months ago," and I just don't know what to think. Nine months? What have we done since last June to tick people off? I mean, twelve months ago I could understand (though, as I recall, we've been referring to France and Germany as the "Axis of Weasel" longer than that), but nine months? I can only figure he's talking about Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Charles Taylor, because I don't know who else we've ticked off in the last nine months.

If this is the sort of game Kerry is bringing to the court, he's going to have a long, long eight months.

A final thought: perhaps Kerry called them "foreign leaders elsewhere in the world" to differentiate them from the homegrown variety of foreign leader that states like Massachusetts tend to produce. Just a thought.
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