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Kerry likened to 'Lurch' by ex-N.Y. Times editor
Worldnetdaily ^ | June 2, 2004

Posted on 06/30/2004 1:31:02 PM PDT by Dave Burns

ELECTION 2004 Kerry likened to 'Lurch' by ex-N.Y. Times editor Howell Raines says 'pompous' John has 'Addams Family' face, no clear message

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 2, 2004 2:55 p.m. Eastern

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

John Kerry, left, likened to TV's Lurch

While talk-show hosts across America have for some time likened presidential candidate John Kerry to television's comedic monsters Herman Munster of "The Munsters" and Lurch from the "Addams Family," the comparison is now being drawn by Howell Raines, the former editor of the New York Times.

In a commentary published in today's Guardian newspaper in Britain, Raines writes:

"The TV camera is an X-ray for picking up attitudinal truths, and Kerry's lantern jaw and 'Addams Family' face somehow reinforce the message that this guy has passed from ponderous to pompous and is so accustomed to privilege that he doesn't have to worry about looking goofy. It's as if Lurch had gone to Choate."

While Raines says he believes Kerry can win the presidency in November, he feels less sure of that now than he did in the primaries, with new doubts creeping in about the Democrat's ability to connect with voters.

"I personally find him easier to talk to than Al Gore," writes Raines, "but there's no denying that he's ponderous. And he's pompous in a way that Gore is not. With Gore, you feel that if he could choose, he would have been born poor and cool. Kerry radiates the feeling that he is entitled to his sense of entitlement. Probably that comes from spending too much time with Teddy Kennedy, but it's a problem."

Raines concludes by comparing President Bush to a well-known Disney character as he strategizes the need for Kerry to proffer a clear message voters can understand.

"Surely someone in Kerry's campaign can figure out a way for him to say, 'Here's my plan for getting us out of Iraq and defeating terrorism,' and 'Here's my plan for making sure you're not sick and poor in your old age.' And then make him say it over and over again, no matter what question is asked of him. Kerry has to face the fact that even though the incumbent looks like Goofy when he smirks, he's going to win unless Kerry comes up with something to say. To stay 'on message,' you have to have one."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: howellraines; kerry; lurch; nyt
Take a look at the original document and look at his picture next to Lurch. His nickname should be: Mr Doom and Gloom Graveyard John Kerry.
1 posted on 06/30/2004 1:31:03 PM PDT by Dave Burns
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To: Dave Burns

I still liken him to the tall man in the phantasm flicks.


2 posted on 06/30/2004 1:32:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: Dave Burns

I doubt Raines is a lurker here on FR...he's been "Lurch" here for a long long time.


3 posted on 06/30/2004 1:33:07 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Dave Burns

"You rang?"


4 posted on 06/30/2004 1:34:23 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well.....there you go again.")
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To: Dave Burns
Kerry radiates the feeling that he is entitled to his sense of entitlement.

LOL!

5 posted on 06/30/2004 1:34:48 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Dave Burns

I don't see it. /sarcasm

6 posted on 06/30/2004 1:35:09 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: South40
Well, there goes another monitor.

When you do that, please be sure to identify which one is Kerry. Is he the scary-looking one, or the one in the bow tie?

7 posted on 06/30/2004 1:39:11 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
When you do that, please be sure to identify which one is Kerry.

Sorry, but it is obvious. Kerry's the one without the charm.

8 posted on 06/30/2004 1:40:36 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: South40

Oh man, thanks for the belly laugh - I needed it today!


9 posted on 06/30/2004 1:41:46 PM PDT by rocky88 ("It's goin to be the summer of George! (W. Bush, that is!)")
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To: Dave Burns

10 posted on 06/30/2004 1:42:43 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Dave Burns

During a campaign tour of the Apache Nation Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said he had a plan to increase every Native American's income by $40,000 a year. Senator Kerry refused repeated requests for details of his plan, however. he also told the Apaches that during his Senate career, he has voted "YES" 9,637 times for every Indian issue ever introduced.

Before his departure, the Apache Tribe presented the Presidential candidate a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name, Running Eagle.

After Kerry left, tribal officials explained that Running Eagle is a bird so full of shi- it can't fly.


11 posted on 06/30/2004 1:43:19 PM PDT by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: My2Cents

Yup. And his hands look like Thing. Although Thing had a lot more personality.


12 posted on 06/30/2004 1:43:59 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: South40

did you know if you type "long face" into google that a Kerry article is the second thing to come up! I love it!


13 posted on 06/30/2004 1:44:35 PM PDT by rocky88 ("It's goin to be the summer of George! (W. Bush, that is!)")
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To: Dave Burns

This is an insult to Lurch. Lurch is better looking than John Kerry.


14 posted on 06/30/2004 1:46:22 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: rocky88

15 posted on 06/30/2004 1:48:07 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Dave Burns

1. Lurch actually worked for a living
2. Lurch didnt marry Mortisha after Gomez expired


16 posted on 06/30/2004 1:50:10 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: cripplecreek

17 posted on 06/30/2004 1:51:49 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Virtue is learned at a mother's knee...and vices at other joints.)
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To: Billthedrill

LMAO!


18 posted on 06/30/2004 1:56:31 PM PDT by marblehead17
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


19 posted on 06/30/2004 1:57:06 PM PDT by marblehead17
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To: Dave Burns
"Surely someone in Kerry's campaign can figure out a way for him to say, 'Here's my plan..."

Forgive my naivete, but why would anyone vote for a candidate who must be told what to say?

20 posted on 06/30/2004 2:06:25 PM PDT by DJ Frisat
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To: South40

Why the long face?


Why the Long Face?


Why the long GREEN face?

21 posted on 06/30/2004 2:16:34 PM PDT by rocky88 ("It's goin to be the summer of George! (W. Bush, that is!)")
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To: Dave Burns

This guy Raines is a real bitch, eh?


22 posted on 06/30/2004 2:44:21 PM PDT by telebob
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To: Dave Burns

23 posted on 06/30/2004 2:49:33 PM PDT by expat_panama
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To: Dave Burns
"I personally find him easier to talk to than Al Gore," writes Raines, "but there's no denying that he's ponderous. And he's pompous in a way that Gore is not. With Gore, you feel that if he could choose, he would have been born poor and cool. Kerry radiates the feeling that he is entitled to his sense of entitlement. Probably that comes from spending too much time with Teddy Kennedy, but it's a problem."

The Gore thing reminds me of a piece in MAD Magazine about 1970, called "The Lighter Side of Growing Up." Adult asks Jimmy what he wants to be when he grows up. Jimmy's answer - "A Soda Jerk and a Negro!"

24 posted on 06/30/2004 8:36:09 PM PDT by DmBarch
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