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Meet The Next President: Kerry's Second Shot
Drudge Report ^ | 09/14/06 | Bill Sammon

Posted on 09/14/2006 12:35:36 PM PDT by Froufrou

Moments before Sen. John Kerry shows up to campaign for a local politician at a backyard rally here, voter Sue Borden wrinkles her nose at the mention of the man who lost to President Bush.

“You get one chance,” the Democrat tells a reporter. “If you can’t win, then it’s time to let someone else try.”

But less than an hour later, after she meets Kerry and listens to him deliver an impassioned speech from a wooden deck, Borden softens and says she would consider voting again for the Massachusetts Democrat.

“I always liked what he stood for but felt that he was very snobbish and arrogant,” she says. “He’s not that way. People told me I would change my mind once I met him. And they were right.”

It is not clear whether Kerry will have enough time to personally meet and convert every disaffected Democrat in the nation by the election of 2008. But he appears determined to at least counter the conventional wisdom that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I don’t buy it,” he said in an interview with The Examiner this week. “You know, people sit with you and talk with you here, and they’re going to make judgments about who can be president. They’re going to make judgments about who can run.

“I think I’d be a good president,” he adds, sitting on the wraparound porch of an old house in Keene. “I don’t care what the dominant, conventional wisdom is today; it will not be the dominant, conventional wisdom in a year.”

But even if Clinton were to stumble or withdraw, other Democrats are poised to step in. Some are already hinting that Kerry had his chance and blew it by losing the all-important swing state of Ohio in 2004. Similar arguments were made against former Vice President Al Gore when he lost the crucial state of Florida to Bush in 2000.

“We are making a mistake if we put up candidates that are only competitive in 16 states, and then we roll the dice and hope we win Ohio or Florida,” says former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, another Democrat eyeing the White House.

Far from being offended by this remark, Kerry says he agrees with it.

“I would say the same thing,” he says. “If I were lucky enough to do it again, I’m going to make sure we’re campaigning in way more states.”

Kerry says the only reason he didn’t compete in more states in 2004 was that he ran out of money. He says this was also the reason he did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry’s service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war.

“They had money behind the lies, and we did not have sufficient money behind the truth,” Kerry laments.

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated” all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.”

Kerry’s tough talk triggers laughter from John O’Neill, a fellow Vietnam veteran who helped found Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth and wrote a blistering 2004 book on Kerry, “Unfit for Command.”

“Well, he’s got eight times as much time to prepare for us as he spent in Vietnam,” says O’Neill, referring to Kerry’s short tour of duty.

Kerry’s blunt rhetoric on the Swift Boat Veterans is a far cry from his 2004 attempt to straddle the question of whether to fund U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” he said during the election, cementing his reputation as a flip-flopper.

The utterance was draped around Kerry’s neck and was widely viewed as a factor in his defeat. And yet now he voluntarily alludes to the gaffe while criticizing Bush’s recent reversal on the handling of enemy combatants.

“No American president should be for torture before he’s against it,” Kerry said at Boston’s Faneuil Hall last weekend, allowing himself a rueful smile as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Eager to shed his image as an overly cautious politician, Kerry now prefers to “let it rip,” according to several of his closest advisers.

“I learned a lot of lessons in the campaign,” Kerry tells The Examiner. “And one of them is to keep it simple. Direct.”

Yet Kerry’s stance has been anything but simple on the question of whether to implement a specific timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. While Kerry opposed such a timetable last year, he now supports it.

“I don’t see that as a contradiction,” he says while munching chocolate chip cookies.

He explains that the politics of Iraq have changed dramatically since he opposed a timetable.

“We didn’t have an election; we hadn’t had a constitution; there was no provisional government,” he says. “To set a timetable in that circumstance would have been wrong.

“But once you’ve had the election, once they’ve accepted democracy, once they’ve put together a government, the only thing left to do is complete the task of security transformation,” he adds. “And I think it’s reasonable, then, to have a standard by which [the Iraqis] assume a sense of urgency and responsibility.”

Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report, says it will not be easy for Kerry to convince Democrats to give him another chance after coming up short in 2004.

“Kerry came out as damaged merchandise,” Cook says. “Badly damaged merchandise.”

Kerry acknowledges there is some “legitimacy” to such analysis.

“If you have hundreds of millions of dollars spent saying something about you, some of it sinks in,” he shrugs.

And yet such damage was part of an invaluable experience — passing through the crucible of a presidential campaign.

“On the plus side, I think if I were to decide to run again, I’d bring a lot of assets, including the fact that I’m the only guy who’s fully vetted,” Kerry says. “I have the experience of three presidential debates and a convention, of having come out of the campaign being accepted by 50-whatever million Americans with being able to be president.”

That’s a resume that cannot be matched by others in the crowded presidential sweepstakes of 2008.

“If you win 10 million more votes than Bill Clinton did in 1996, a sitting president, and you come within 59,000 votes of beating a Republican president in a time of war, it seems to me you’ve done better than others who ran and didn’t win the nomination, who are thinking of running again,” he says.

As for those who believe politicians get only one chance for the top job, Kerry rattles off a list of Republicans who lost elections, only to rise again.

“I mean, John McCain got just beat up in South Carolina, and he’s fighting,” he says of a possible 2008 foe. “Ronald Reagan ran three times. Richard Nixon ran after a miserable loss in California.

“So the question is, what do you offer? What do you bring to the table?” he adds. “I think the agenda I laid out is viable, is as urgent today, and that’s why I think about this.”

He points out that while his 2004 candidacy failed, many of his foreign and domestic policies remain popular among Democrats. In fact, his anti-war stance may resonate more in 2008 than in 2004 because more Americans are tiring of the bloodshed.

“If my ideas had been rejected overwhelmingly, if I was wrong, then maybe I should just go put my head down and go somewhere and work in the garden,” he says. “But I don’t think I was. And a lot of people, as I go around the country, reaffirm that with me.”

People, indeed, like Sue Borden.


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1 posted on 09/14/2006 12:35:37 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Tough on American veterans!

Soft on Terrorists!

That's our John Kerrry, all right.


2 posted on 09/14/2006 12:37:12 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Froufrou
“I always liked what he stood for but felt that he was very snobbish and arrogant,” she says.

**************

It's usually best to go with one's first impression, Sue dear.

3 posted on 09/14/2006 12:37:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Froufrou

4 posted on 09/14/2006 12:37:25 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: Froufrou

John Kerry is a bad senator. Even good senators don't make good presidents.


5 posted on 09/14/2006 12:37:35 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: Froufrou
Bill Sammon wrote a book about President Bush titled, "Misunderestimated."

He should help Kerry write his autobiography titled, "Overestimated."
6 posted on 09/14/2006 12:37:54 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: Froufrou

7 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Froufrou

Kerry is running again?
















...I may vomit


8 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:06 PM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: trisham; MeanWestTexan

Yep. First impressions are much more reliable than Kerry's plan.


9 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:13 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

If Kerry,Gore and The Former Twelfth Lady all go for the brass ring the bloodshed will be breathtaking.A badly wounded and poorly funded nominee would emerge from such a battle.


10 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:13 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Froufrou

As she fawned all over John (IWIVN) Kerry, she broke out in a noticable sweat. Her pulse raced. She stared at his 13 purple crosses and two congressional medals of honor. What a hero she thought to herself. He is too good to be true.

AND HE IS.....

Tuning up the engines aren't we Swifties? Get the a-wipe again.


11 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:29 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: trisham

she could of said I was voting fo anybody but Bush and still dont know what stands kerry for


12 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:41 PM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: Froufrou
It is not clear whether Kerry will have enough time to personally meet and convert every disaffected Democrat in the nation by the election of 2008

WTF? How many millions is that? I detect a small amount of bias in this article...
13 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:43 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Froufrou

"'Well, he’s got eight times as much time to prepare for us as he spent in Vietnam,' says O’Neill, referring to Kerry’s short tour of duty."

Hah.


14 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Froufrou
"Kerry now prefers to “let it rip"..."

I KNEW I smelled something up here in Massachusetts every time Kerry appeared somewhere...

There will be snow cones in Hell before he becomes CIC.

15 posted on 09/14/2006 12:40:54 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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To: ASA Vet

Thank you for da widdle bunny wabbit! And thank you for your service!


16 posted on 09/14/2006 12:41:19 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
"Borden softens and says she would consider voting again for the Massachusetts Democrat. “I always liked what he stood for"

Yeah, I always liked what he stood for too.


17 posted on 09/14/2006 12:41:30 PM PDT by TheCrusader
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To: Froufrou

Not only is he a stupid arrogant pompous ass, he's delusional too!


18 posted on 09/14/2006 12:41:31 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: msnimje

Overesteemed...


19 posted on 09/14/2006 12:42:11 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Froufrou

Run, Lurch, run! This will be good.


20 posted on 09/14/2006 12:42:16 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Froufrou
How can treason get worse than Bill Clintons treason?..
Next step worse is John Kerry..
After that the Hildebeast...
21 posted on 09/14/2006 12:42:38 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole.)
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To: Froufrou

Oh I can't wait for the debates between him and Hillary. Now if only Gore would run.


22 posted on 09/14/2006 12:42:52 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: BenLurkin

Caption: "Is the mic on?"


23 posted on 09/14/2006 12:43:07 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou


It is sad but true, some women are strongly attracted to a demon driven man. It is called co-dependency.


24 posted on 09/14/2006 12:43:15 PM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: Froufrou

"Is this where I can get me a huntin' license?"


25 posted on 09/14/2006 12:43:34 PM PDT by anton
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To: Froufrou

Hillary is warming up the Swift Boat Vets.

New York Times article headline, 2008, during the primaries:

"Reconsidering the Swift Boat Vets"


26 posted on 09/14/2006 12:43:41 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

No doubt. Kerry will wonder where all his friends in the media went.


27 posted on 09/14/2006 12:44:29 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Rummyfan

But did you know that he served in Vietnam???


28 posted on 09/14/2006 12:44:47 PM PDT by kcrackel
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To: weegee
Indeed.
29 posted on 09/14/2006 12:44:48 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: Gay State Conservative; shankbear; IrishMike

I may just have to pay more attention to them...what a brawl this could be!


30 posted on 09/14/2006 12:45:17 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: anton

"Is this where I can get me a huntin' license?"

Oooh, he drops his g's ... yep, Kerry's one of us. /sarc


31 posted on 09/14/2006 12:45:26 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: TheCrusader

I was against supporting him right before I supported him.....sound familiar?


32 posted on 09/14/2006 12:46:08 PM PDT by stm (Katherine Harris for US Senate!)
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To: Froufrou

Time for Teresa to change her name back to "Kerry" again.


33 posted on 09/14/2006 12:46:46 PM PDT by LetsRok
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To: RegulatorCountry

Actually I think the quote was: "Can I get me a huntin' license here?". His advisors told him bad grammar would play to red state voters.


34 posted on 09/14/2006 12:47:17 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan; Paperdoll

He will take Maine, I would think, more easily than Hildabeast could. Unfortunately, there are lots of co-dependent women. And I recently read [here] that 'Southern women' are not so fond of W anymore, which is horse hockey!


35 posted on 09/14/2006 12:47:19 PM PDT by Froufrou
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36 posted on 09/14/2006 12:47:31 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (May Satan grip the souls of those with American blood on their hands)
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To: LetsRok

I'd love to see her tell Hillary to shove it.


37 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:15 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: BenLurkin

38 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: hosepipe

Then Fonda...


39 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:20 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

LOL. Kerry fan was for him, then against him, then for him again.


40 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:23 PM PDT by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: Froufrou; CharlesWayneCT

To: Americanexpat
I never read that book. I read the biography "Tour of Duty" by Brinkley -- and that was a devastating account of Kerry's war record, even though Brinkley did his best to put a best light on it.

In that book, Kerry is quoted as saying he only want to Vietnam because he wanted to get revenge on the vietnamese for the death of a friend. He was looking to kill people, and he admitted it in his own biography. It wasn't some noble gesture.

The book also detailed how when he first got there, he wanted to go on a swift boat right away, but when a month passed and he had seen exactly what was happening, he wanted to quit. He was volunteered for a command, and tried to back out of it. That's in his own biography.

There were other very damning things in the biography, including stuff that corraborated the Swift Boat Veterans claims, and conflicted with Kerry's rebuttals.

The book was based on Kerry's own writings, which still have not been released to the public. Kerry said he had promised Brinkley exclusive use of them and therefore couldn't release them, but Brinkley said he was done with them and Kerry wouldn't let HIM release them.

If we had ever gotten to see Kerry's OWN NOTES on the subject, it would have been more devastating than the "Unfit for Command" book.




39 posted on 09/14/2006 10:13:28 AM EDT by CharlesWayneCT
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41 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:48 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Froufrou

". . . at a backyard rally here . . . ."

If this in in relation to the picture I saw a while ago, there were about 20 people there, tops.


42 posted on 09/14/2006 12:48:52 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: DejaJude

Oh, too funny, I didn't even catch that! You're right, it is poetic justice that a flip-flopper would go for a flip-flopper...


43 posted on 09/14/2006 12:49:16 PM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

Kerry's been newly botoxed. Again. And it looks as if he's had a forehead lift and a facial peel. He's running, alright.


44 posted on 09/14/2006 12:49:54 PM PDT by hershey
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To: Gay State Conservative
Indeed.

They all have ego to spare and not one of them will back down easily.

It will get ugly.

The best part is that candidates with potentially broader appeal like Bayh will be left by the wayside.

45 posted on 09/14/2006 12:50:40 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: MeanWestTexan

""Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated” all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.”""

LOL. Mr. Tough.


46 posted on 09/14/2006 12:51:08 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Fighting Irish

I love the idea!

The swift boats, "reporting for duty", the bunny suit, the botox, the Breck girl and the Ketchup Princess.

It would be a riot! But Gore, Hilary and Dean and the rest of the gang will never let it happen.

;0)


47 posted on 09/14/2006 12:51:20 PM PDT by incredulous joe ("Somewhere in Massachusetts, a village is missing BOTH its idiots.")
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To: mainepatsfan

"His advisors told him bad grammar would play to red state voters."

His advisors, being phoneys themselves, wouldn't understand that red state voters can spot a phoney from a mile away. I do still get a malicious grin out of imagining Kerry crawling along on his belly, huntin' deer, though.


48 posted on 09/14/2006 12:51:21 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: trisham
Good pic. He looks like a little kid crapping his drawers.


49 posted on 09/14/2006 12:52:21 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck
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To: Froufrou
let it rip

Flautlence on the old campaign trail. Must be those Philly Cheese Steaks he ate.

50 posted on 09/14/2006 12:52:42 PM PDT by DeFault User
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