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Will Dems dump Kerry?…
[Hugh Hewitt] 4/28/04
palpable fear among Democrats as they contemplate their presumptive
nominee, John Kerry, the candidate who couldn't
keep his lies straight.
Kerry followed a week made disastrous by his military records
fiasco with a Monday morning performance with Charlie Gibson
of ABC's Good Morning America that will live in TV history alongside
the 1980 Roger Mudd-Teddy Kennedy exchange through which it dawned
on America that a senator in search of a verb wasn't really equipped
to be a president.
Gibson's refusal to be deflected by Kerry's rambling incoherence
led to a post-interview denunciation of ABC by Kerry. "They
are doing the work of the Republican National Committee," Kerry
muttered. Yeah, that's the ticket. Jennings et al., are working
for the GOP which is working for Fox News' Roger Ailes who is,
of course, working for Halliburton. Hillary's vast, right-wing
conspiracy just got vaster. Like the Borg, the VRWC has absorbed
Disney-owned ABC. Who knew?
There are powers in the Democratic Party, and they cannot be
pleased. Tom Daschle, for one, has got to be thinking through
the impact of a presidential contest that is over once the polls
close at 6 in the East. That sort of wave in 1980 took out George
McGovern and a lot of famous liberals just like Daschle.
got to be worried as well. She knows what happens when the
movie tanks in the first 10 minutes. People return her
phone calls, even though she doesn't make any sense at all. Rob
Reiner knows a thing or two about stiffs as well. Remember 1994's
Neither does anyone else. Reiner knows that hopes and dreams
do not a success make.
And the Clintons-in-Exile, they must hear the music. Forget
their ethics and policies, they have a well-deserved reputation
for perfect pitch when it comes to politics. Imagine Bill and
Hill watching Kerry strangle himself. How they must laugh ...
then cry. Hillary gets the nod in 2008, but what will be left
after the wipeout?
analogy: Jim Carrey in the bathroom scene from Liar, Liar when
he tries to injure himself. That's John Kerry over the past
six weeks, throwing himself against walls in front
of the national TV audience with the effect of inflicting maximum
damage on himself.
It has worked.
Too well, I am afraid. Dems know he's a loser. But can anything
Who knows? Don't bother looking up the rules governing nominations.
There were rules in Florida, and the Florida Supreme Court tore
those up when Gore needed help. There were rules in New Jersey,
but when Torricelli flamed, the New Jersey Supreme Court tossed
those aside. There were rules in California, and three judges
ordered a halt to the recall that only went forward because the
luck of an en banc draw brought sanity to the review panel.
No, the rules won't stop Kerry's recall. Only Teddy can, and
the weight of the senior senator from Massachusetts shouldn't
be underestimated. The Kerry campaign is his last hurrah, and
the convention's in Boston, for goodness sake. What kind of a
reception would follow a party that tossed Kerry onto the tracks?
Does Daschle care? Does Patty Murray? Barbara Boxer? Any of
a half-dozen endangered Dem incumbents in the Senate and a score
in the House? So the receiving committee is a littlie frosty
and Teddy dumps them from the Christmas card list – they'll
still have jobs.
And Dean – what's he thinking when he can get the voices
to quiet down? He was robbed, you know ... by the same people
now conspiring against Kerry. Dean doesn't forget, and there's
not enough Ambien in America to get him a night's sleep. What
if, with another yell, he decides to demand an open convention. "Let
the delegates vote!" isn't a bad slogan. Bring back all
the orange hats and the blog and all that. Quite a party could
be had by all.
Bill Clinton just announced the publication date of his new
memoir: Late June. How unfortunate for Kerry – Bill has
to do a book tour for the month running up to the convention,
sucking the air right out of an already spent balloon. Sorry,
couldn't be avoided. Publisher deadlines and all.
So as Kerry melts away, there – on every television screen
in the land – will be Saturday Night Bill, playing his
sax, blowing his own horn, saying stuff. All sorts of stuff.
Looking incredibly large, opposite the incredibly small Kerry.
Tick, tick, tick. The
Torricelli Option. Coming to theaters
near you this summer. CRO
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Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
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