John Kerry: consistent inconsistence
John Kerry, that most consistently inconsistent of politicians, is reinventing himself, according to a Boston Globe article entitled, "Kerry adopting the rhetoric of a DC outsider." Now, even the Globe sees Kerry as a poseur; "adopting the rhetoric," rather than having a conviction.
Kerry has always specialized in being the oxymoronic candidate: antiwar war hero, patrician/proletarian ("can I get me a hunting license here?"), teflon maker and breaker of promises and pledges. So, he must be thinking, why not Washington insider-outsider?
It's a sign of something when even that liberal rag the Boston Globe seems to be getting fed up with Kerry. As the article says: It may seem odd for a man who has been in the Senate for more than two decades -- and who has never been known for his common touch -- to rail against aloof politicians. Well, there's no "may" and "seem" about it; it is odd. Very odd. But, as has become increasingly clear, so is Kerry.
Donna Brazile, author of so many Al Gore transformations in 2000, says this of Kerry the common man: 'As John Kerry continues to reflect on 2004 -- and explore options for 2008 -- it's important that he understands that people didn't really know John Kerry in the last campaign.
First of all, the idea of Kerry running in 2008 sends a chill down my spine; but the idea that we don't know Kerry at this point is, quite simply, laughable. We know him only too well. Even the locals can see through this particularly embarrassing attempt to repackage old, old goods. Tufts political science professor Jerry Berry is remarkably blunt on this score: 'He's the last politician that people are going to buy as an outsider. That dog won't hunt. John Kerry ran for president, and he has a long record in politics. He just doesn't come across as an outsider.
You tell him, Jerry, you tell him. But will John listen? I fear the answer is "no." As a narcissist, it seems Kerry has become addicted to the thrill of the spotlight and the glory of public speaking, and he just can't stop.
I keep resolving to get off his case, and then he starts up again. So, for the sake of all of us (not the least, me)--please, John, cease and desist!
I bet the Democratic Party wishes he'd keep quiet, too. He can't be doing them a whole lot of good.