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January 30, 2005
John Kerry's Tone Deafness Continues

It's beginning to be apparent that John Kerry plans to follow the bitter-loser strategy that unhinged Al Gore after the 2000 election. In his appearance on Meet the Press this morning, Kerry did everything but actually pour ice water on the set to douse the enthusiasm for the tremendous success of the Iraqi election:

SEN. KERRY: ... it is significant that there is a vote in Iraq. But no one in the United States or in the world-- and I'm confident of what the world response will be. No one in the United States should try to overhype this election. This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation, and it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in. Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq.

MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe this election will be seen by the world community as legitimate?

SEN. KERRY: A kind of legitimacy--I mean, it's hard to say that something is legitimate when a whole portion of the country can't vote and doesn't vote.

Well, Senator, seventy-two percent did vote. Questioning the legitimacy of an election in which three-quarters of the eligible voters participated just sounds like sour grapes, a refusal to acknowledge that Bush may have been right all along, while Kerry's murky suggestions of the presidential campaign to slow down would have been disastrous. Typical.

Here's another example:

MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that Iraq is less a terrorist threat to the United States now than it was two years ago?

SEN. KERRY: No, it's more. And, in fact, I believe the world is less safe today than it was two and a half years ago.

Kerry doesn't think that deposing Saddam and transforming Gaddafi made the world any safer? Now we have a new democracy of 26 million people who just resoundinly rejected terrorism in the heart of Arabian Islam, and Kerry thinks that makes the world more dangerous? It's statements like this that makes everyone understand what an inept politician Kerry truly is, and why he lost the election. Even Kerry couldn't maintain that facade in the face of Russert's' pointed question:

MR. RUSSERT: Is the United States safer with the newly elected Iraqi government than we would have been with Saddam Hussein?

SEN. KERRY: Sure. And I'm glad Saddam Hussein is gone, and I've said that a hundred times. But we've missed opportunity after opportunity along the way, Tim, to really make America safe and to bring the world to the cause.

I turned it off shortly after that. If he gives up his Senate seat -- officially, that is -- perhaps he has a career waiting for him in comedy.

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