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March 6, 2004
Kerry Goes Cajun

From the LA Times, an amusing portrait of the presumptive Democratic nominee trying desperately to make inroads in the South:

Friday, Kerry accused the president of ducking his record, saying Bush's new television commercials featuring images of the destroyed World Trade Center were an attempt to avoid domestic issues.

"As you know, George Bush wants this whole deal just to be about war," Kerry said. "His first advertisements have pictures of ground zero." The crowd booed.

Yes, and since Kerry has been all over the map on the war on terror, it's the last issue the Democrats want to debate. Lieberman was consistent, and Dean was at least consistent throughout the primaries. But Kerry has tried to have his cake and eat it too all along, trying to explain how a vote authorizing military action actually demonstrated his opposition to it and a vote denying funding for the deployed troops demonstrated his support for them, which leads to this hilarious assertion:

Aides said the presumptive Democratic nominee will give a national radio address today, in which he will rebuke the administration for the lack of readiness of soldiers in Iraq.

And holding up the funding would have increased their readiness? Somehow, I doubt that the families of the troops will buy into this notion. Next, we have a record-setting flip-flop:

Even as he called for an inclusive campaign that would appeal to Republicans as well as Democrats, Kerry stoked the partisan fervor, laughing as the audience booed a mention of Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Just promise me you'll keep that primal instinct alive all the way through November," he said.

Okay ... he'll be inclusive as all get-out except for those evil Republicans. It'll be fun! It'll be wonderful! Why, it'll be just like a [Democratic] party!

Finally, a portrait of Kerry as a man of the people to combat the haughty, imperious perception of him in the mainstream:

Friday, he did his best to fit in with the local culture. "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" he declared at the rally, throwing out the popular Cajun phrase, "Let the good times roll!"

Earlier, he and Landrieu sat down at a seafood diner to enjoy a large plate of steaming red crawfish and a bowl of seafood gumbo, a meal Kerry declared "his favorite." Cameras snapped away as Kerry peeled one of the crustaceans and popped it in his mouth. "There's nothing worse than a public person putting food in their mouth and you guys photographing it," he said mildly, looking over at a bank of reporters.

With that, his staff quickly ushered the photographers and cameramen out of the room.

Ah, yes, one mustn't disturb the emperor at repast while making nice with the commoners, after all. What did you photographers think that was -- a campaign event??

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 6, 2004 8:13 AM

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