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James Taranto's Best of the Web Today: Kerry's Identity Crisis
WSJ/Opinion Journal ^ | Wednesday, August 18, 2004 | James Taranto

Posted on 08/18/2004 4:00:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Kerry's Identity Crisis
Remember when John Kerry went to the prom and got doused with pig's blood? Oh wait, sorry, that wasn't Kerry; it was Carrie, Sissy Spacek's character in the eponymous 1976 film. We regret the error.

The Kerry campaign seems to have made a similar mistake. Bloggers Eugene Volokh and Robert Tagorda note that campaign press releases from Jan. 29 and March 24 describe Kerry as a former vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But although Kerry was a member of the committee until 2000, Volokh and Tagorda show that he almost certainly never served as vice chairman.

A fellow senator with a similar name did, however. The biography of Bob Kerrey, now president of New York's New School University, says that he was the commmittee's vice chairman between 1995 and 1999. Kerrey also, by the way, served in Vietnam.

The Dangers of Normalcy
Time magazine reports on a March 2004 "gathering of terrorism's elite" in the Pakistani province of Waziristan:

Although some summit participants have been arrested, others are still at large and are considered very dangerous. At least two are believed to have done some of the surveillance of targets in New York City and elsewhere that authorities found out about last month. Some U.S. officials fear that the meeting may have been a pivotal planning session, much the way a 2000 meeting in Kuala Lumpur was for the 9/11 attacks. "This was a meeting of a bunch of cold-blooded killers who are very skilled at what they do and have an intense desire to inflict an awful lot of pain and suffering on America," says an official familiar with the summit.


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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jamestaranto; kerry

1 posted on 08/18/2004 4:00:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Remember when John Kerry went to the prom and got doused with pig's blood? Oh wait, sorry, that wasn't Kerry; it was Carrie, Sissy Spacek's character in the eponymous 1976 film. We regret the error.

LOL. Kerry's campaign is imploding.

2 posted on 08/18/2004 4:40:05 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
'morning Peach. Yes, Mr. Taranto owes me a new "coffee spill-proof" keyboard and flat panel monitor :)

What a great bit!!

3 posted on 08/18/2004 4:50:14 AM PDT by upchuck (Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?)
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To: upchuck

What a beautiful morning we are having today.

I'm still laughing over that opening paragraph. Great way to start the morning.


4 posted on 08/18/2004 4:54:16 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
My favorite part:

Meanwhile Richard Leiby, who replaced Grove at the Washington Post, says that in a forthcoming interview in GQ, Kerry offers some "advice on what to seek in a woman":

"Look for what gets your heart. Someone who excites you, turns you on. . . . It's a woman who loves being a woman. Who wears her womanhood. Who knows how to flirt and have fun. Smart. Confident. . . . And obviously sexy and saucy and challenging."

It's sad to think that some people just marry for money.

Taranto just kills me. I'm glad he's back.

5 posted on 08/18/2004 5:17:00 AM PDT by LibertarianInExile (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: LibertarianInExile

He cracks me up too; one of the best around.


6 posted on 08/18/2004 5:21:31 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
ahhh. the miseries of being unacknowledged......
my post yesterday on FR. Maybe they do read this stuff after all.....

"Kerry apologizes to Sissy Spacek

John Kerry today apologized to Ms Spacek for the recent mixup.as his campaign team mistakenly claimed that the Senator had starred in the Stephen King thriller "CARRIE."

"It is that damn name thing again" said an unnamed staffer. We WANT to get the facts straight, but this gets all so confusing sometimes. ......
In further developments, the estate of Cary Grant has filed suit against against the Kerry campaign for falsely stating that the Senator had starred in such movies as "I Was a War Male Bride" (where the campaign insisted that the hero had won three purple hearts!), "My Favorite Wife" (NO cameo appearances by Teresa Heinz-Kerry), and "Merrily We Go to Hell" which some campaign staffer mistakenly thought was a documentary on the twenty years voting records Sen. Kerry.

When questioned about the accuracy of his campaign statements, Kerry is reported to have said "talk to that damn real estate guy in Houston about it. he is funding this whole smear campaign."
7 posted on 08/18/2004 5:24:31 AM PDT by chronic_loser (Yeah? so what do I know?)
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To: chronic_loser

You should have copyrighted that!


8 posted on 08/18/2004 5:31:45 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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