After maintaining that he had met with several foreign leaders who told him that they want him elected, John Kerry’s campaign suddenly has shifted positions on overseas endoresements:
An adviser to US presidential challenger John Kerryhas criticised Australian Prime Minister John Howard over “inappropriate” public comments wishing for President George W. Bush to be reelected.
Australians had complained when Bush and his aides publicly commented on Australian politics and had told Bush to steer clear of US politics, adviser Kurt Campbell told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I would remind Australians that the same applies at home. Such comments about our politics are a little inappropriate,” he said, reacting to Howard’s comment last month about Bush, saying: “I hope he wins.”
It’s a far cry from Kerry’s strategy in March, when he told everyone that foreign leaders had told him how important it was for him to win the election. He had no problem with heads of state weighing in on our election, as long as they endorsed … John Kerry. Let’s not forget that Kerry’s sister Diana made quite a splash in the run-up to the Australian elections, ostensibly to campaign among American ex-patriates but also criticizing Howard’s policy of alliance with George Bush.
Besides, Kerry can hardly complain about John Howard publicly indicating a preference for George Bush when the other choice publicly called him “bribed” and “coerced”. This is the result of John Kerry’s vaunted diplomacy; first the Polish president scolds Kerry for slandering his country’s alliance with the US, and now the Australian PM gets his own payback, post-election. Instead of broadening our alliances, John Kerry has only demonstrated a talent for pissing off our friends.