"enabled the GOP to portray him as weak and inconsistent."
ENABLED? Nice try. Back to spinning class. The words they avoided to honestly complete this sentence include "allowed" or "demanded" or "accurately"...
The entire piece is one big excuse for Kerry.
Everyone was bad to him.
It's a long piece with passages like this:
***John Kerry is not a man who indulges in emotional highs and lows. When he is angry, he is a master of the cold eyes, the stony mien, the slow burn, which are often delivered as he places his hands on your shoulder or moves his face up close to yours and expresses some measure of disapproval. Aides went to great lengths to avoid those moments.***