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[Hugh Hewitt] 3/10/04
On Monday, John
Kerry shocked the reporters in attendance at a Florida fund-raiser
when he declared to the audience that "I've
met foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly, but
boy they look at you and say, 'You've got to win, you've got
to beat this guy, we need a new policy,' things like that."
CNN did a search of
the available records of Kerry meetings over the course of
his candidacy and could not find any meeting
with any foreign leader. The generous want to credit possible
phone calls, but look at Kerry's phrasing – he says he
met with foreign leaders, and the leaders "look at you and
say" stuff like what a godsend you are, John Kerry.
It seems clear to
me that John Kerry made this up – is
lying, in short. An Al Gore-like move eight months out. Why would
he do such a stupid thing? After all, it is easily checked, and
reporters were in the room.
My guess is this:
John Kerry knows two things: The election will turn on the
war, and on the war, John Kerry is incredibly
weak, having flip-flopped and back-flopped and never stopped
talking about it from every direction. He is to defense and national
security what heterosexuals are to gender – blurring the
lines and all things to all people.
And that's not going to fly in the election. Any more than his
opposition to the first Gulf War, to the B-1 and B-2, the Aegis
cruiser, the M1-Abrahms tank, the Patriot missile or all land-based
missile-defense systems. John Kerry would be a disaster for the
defense of the United States, and his record of weakness on these
issues is long and detailed. Just Monday, in fact, President
Bush highlighted Kerry's strange legislative proposition of 1995
calling for a $1.5 billion dollar cut in the funding of the intelligence
agencies --a bill that failed to attract the support of even
one other senator. Not even Boxer would sign on to that crazy
So Kerry knows his
own record and knows his vulnerability. His response is to
create out of whole cloth mythical "foreign
leaders" who support his election. Like Harvey the Rabbit,
John Kerry has Harvey the "foreign leader" whispering
encouragement to him.
That's troubling. Very troubling, and the press doesn't quite
know what to do with this odd duck from Massachusetts, but are
reluctant to see him implode the week after locking up the nomination.
So they aren't pressing very hard.
Here's a suggestion:
Just track the "foreign leaders" story
with half the energy you tracked the "yellowcake" story.
Scary John Kerry. Next thing you know he'll be making up defective
voting processes in Florida and hiring lawyers to stake out the
Sunshine State. CRO
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