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Newsweek Declares John Kerry Unfit For Command
newsbusters.org ^ | 10/4/2006 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 11/05/2006 4:35:39 AM PST by Dark Skies

Newsweek published an article at its website Saturday about last week’s John Kerry foot-in-mouth debacle. One couldn’t immediately tell the motives behind the piece from the title: “Botched; Assessing the damage done to Democrats—and his own chances in ’08—by John Kerry’s epically flubbed joke.” Nor could one glean the significance of the authors involved: Susannah Meadows with Howard Fineman and Eleanor Clift. However, in the end, when taken in its entirety, it appears fairly obvious that this was the beginning of the assassination, and John Kerry’s chances of making a second run for president have been officially kyboshed.

The hit job started innocently: “Chuck Schumer got right to the point. On Thursday afternoon, the New York Senator, who’s leading the Democrats’ efforts to win back the Senate, called John Kerry and let him have it.”

Clift et al gathered steam:

Three Democratic candidates, including Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, cancelled appearances with the senator. Rep. Harold Ford, locked in a key senate race in Tennessee, called on Kerry to apologize. Hillary Clinton chimed in, calling the former Democratic nominee’s comments “inappropriate.”

The wind was at their backs: “Clearly, this was not how Kerry envisioned his comeback. Banished to the political wilderness after losing to Bush, Kerry has been plotting his second run at the White House. Though always well behind Hillary Clinton in national polls, he was at least in the running on paper, consistently neck-and-neck with Al Gore and John Edwards.”

And, they moved in for the kill: “Now, he faces even longer odds. For the moment, at least, Kerry is simply radioactive among Democrats.”

They then bludgeoned the motionless body to make sure it didn’t get back up:

On the ground in New Hampshire, some activists who’d been open to him pre-blunder, were now shutting their doors and turning out the lights. “It’s not that this gaffe was so bad,” says Ann McLane Kuster, a prominent New Hampshire activist, “But it plays into all the traits he has that are out of touch, like using intelligence as a way to distinguish himself rather than compassion. The underlying joke wasn’t funny.”

And, burned the body in effigy:

Not surprisingly, the judgments were a little less diplomatic inside the Beltway. “There is not a Democrat in Washington who thinks John Kerry is a viable presidential candidate after last week,” says a longtime Democratic strategist (who isn’t working for one of Kerry’s potential rivals). The strategist, who spoke freely and at length about Kerry on the condition of anonymity, says the gaffe reminds Democrats that he is politically inept. “This is not something that will linger in pool halls and bars and normal places in America,” he says, “but among the donors and activists who like to win, this memory will last a long time. Remember, his entire candidacy is based on electability. And when that’s the basis of your candidacy, and you’ve already lost once, amateur hour doesn’t begin to describe John Kerry. And that’s without even getting into the personal animus towards the guy.”

Now, for those that are questioning the assessment of this piece, I might agree if Clift and Fineman weren’t involved. However, when a magazine like Newsweek publishes such a scathing article about such a high-ranking Democrat, and advertises that its two top political writers contributed, one should take it seriously.

In the end, the Democrats have never been kind to failed presidential candidates. Al Gore until his recent global warming makeover was practically persona non grata after his loss to George W. Bush in 2000. Most Democrats probably don’t even know who Michael Dukakis is. And, it took Walter Mondale almost two decades to rub off the stench from his atrocious 1984 presidential run.

As such, the Democrat big-wigs must be loving the gift that Kerry gave them this week. Obviously, the timing was lousy coming just eight days before a critical midterm election. As a result, the real execution can’t officially happen until after November 7. However, with Clift and Fineman’s handwriting on this wall, it seems quite clear that win or lose next Tuesday, the Democrats will have no tolerance for a Kerry presidential run in two years. If Time magazine follows this up with a similarly negative piece, you can stick a fork in this man.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: buhbyekerry; fakepurplehearts; heinz; kerry; newsweek; unfittocommand
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1 posted on 11/05/2006 4:35:40 AM PST by Dark Skies
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To: Dark Skies

The Clinton support team in action.

Kerry being pushed aside for "Queen Hillary", the American Evita.


2 posted on 11/05/2006 4:38:34 AM PST by Nextrush (Communism died in the Soviet Union, but Diversity lives on everywhere)
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To: Dark Skies
"I'm a COMBAT VETERAN"


3 posted on 11/05/2006 4:38:52 AM PST by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: Dark Skies

Newsweek Declares John Kerry Unfit For Command

Duh...


4 posted on 11/05/2006 4:39:31 AM PST by albie
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To: Dark Skies

5 posted on 11/05/2006 4:41:36 AM PST by libs_kma (Monica blew while Al-Queda grew.....Oh well, Clinton happens!)
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To: Dark Skies
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
6 posted on 11/05/2006 4:48:43 AM PST by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: Dark Skies

“This is not something that will linger in pool halls and bars and normal places in America,”
_______________________________________________________-

Since it has been decades since I have patronized either, I guess I'm just not "normal" to the Democratic Part.
The condescension of the elite knows no bounds.


7 posted on 11/05/2006 4:48:46 AM PST by Roccus (Dealing with Democrats IS the War on Terror. [Stolen from FReeper Stallone])
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To: Nextrush

I think of her more as a female Stalin.


8 posted on 11/05/2006 4:53:13 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: Roccus
The condescension of the elite knows no bounds.

You're not kiddin' - it's like a second serving of the same dish. Everyone in America, apparently, is fat, dumb and drunk to them. Funny thing, though, that describes their grand old man Kennedy perfectly.
9 posted on 11/05/2006 5:06:32 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Ever learning . . .)
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To: Dark Skies
consistently neck-and-neck with Al Gore and John Edwards.”

These three dream to defeat Hillary?

10 posted on 11/05/2006 5:17:00 AM PST by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: Dark Skies

Unfit to breath the same air or enjoy the freedoms our troops fight for .


11 posted on 11/05/2006 5:17:08 AM PST by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. stands for -------- Islams Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: Dark Skies
"“This is not something that will linger in pool halls and bars and normal places in America,” he says, “but among the donors and activists who like to win, this memory will last a long time."

- It's simply amazing that this criticism from a Democratic insider of Kerry's arrogance and condescending attitude should itself display the very condescension that it decries.
Apparently, Dem insiders have superior qualities, including better memories, than those boringly "normal" bar flys and pool hall boobs.
12 posted on 11/05/2006 5:17:14 AM PST by finnigan2
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To: Dark Skies
Next week's Newsweak?


13 posted on 11/05/2006 5:19:34 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Dark Skies

all being coerced by the piaps election committee!

j f'n is so stupid...they did not have to pull what they usually save for republicans....smear/malign/attack....and if all else fails...arkincide their opponents....

with a dope like j f'n...they sent him a fruit basket!!!


14 posted on 11/05/2006 5:20:46 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: Dark Skies

Too bad the people of Massachusetts dont get the message and vote this dork out of office.


15 posted on 11/05/2006 5:21:56 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Dark Skies

Yes, the Dem party actually owes Kerry a "thank you" for shooting himself in the foot. He's one less issue the Democrat convention will have to deal with. Personally, I just want to thank him for making such a hilarious public a$$ of himself.


16 posted on 11/05/2006 5:25:47 AM PST by Clara Lou (.)
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To: Dark Skies

Kerry the tarbaby. Don't let stupid get stuck on you, dems.


17 posted on 11/05/2006 5:26:11 AM PST by TADSLOS (Mohammed was the L. Ron Hubbard of his time.)
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To: Dark Skies

Combat veteran Jon Carry forgot the first law of combat: don't draw fire, it annoys the people around you.


18 posted on 11/05/2006 5:28:29 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The hallmark of a crackpot conspiracy theory is that it expands to include countervailing evidence.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Who is that guy on the right?


19 posted on 11/05/2006 5:32:23 AM PST by Tees Mom
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To: Dark Skies

You can see where this is going. The East coast liberal media establishment is getting in line to kiss obama's A$$; Kerry's a goner, that leaves Hillary (most liberals in recent polls think she can't win a national election), Albore, and John (breckboy) Edwards.

The VP slot for '08 is already filled (Obama) question is, who do they put at the top?

The way the Dem pimp media is lining up for "Global Warming" my guess is, Albore.


20 posted on 11/05/2006 5:34:50 AM PST by kjo
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To: sgtbono2002

There is the "favorite son" thing. A local politician who achieves national prominence has an edge over challengers.

I always thought Kerry was an empty suit, mouthing liberal pieties to promote his personal obsession with power and attention. (Not an uncommon trait in politicians of any stripe.)

Even local Democratic pols know that J-F-K stands for "just for Kerry."



21 posted on 11/05/2006 5:35:12 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The hallmark of a crackpot conspiracy theory is that it expands to include countervailing evidence.)
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To: Tees Mom
That is the one and only Mr. Jim Robinson. The creator of FreeRepublic.
22 posted on 11/05/2006 5:36:22 AM PST by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations... pornography,homosexuality,abortion)
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To: Tees Mom

Jim Robinson, Free Republic's founder.


23 posted on 11/05/2006 5:36:42 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Dark Skies

I beg to differ on whether Newsweek is influential. It's an unreadable standing joke.


24 posted on 11/05/2006 5:37:06 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Hills competition is biting the dust.

John Edwards is next,,he best watch his back but that should be no problem given he has a mirror all the time whilst doing his pompadour.


25 posted on 11/05/2006 5:39:52 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: cajungirl

His pompous, what?


26 posted on 11/05/2006 5:43:05 AM PST by Socratic ( "Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied" - J.S. Mill)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
Most Magnificent graphic, I'd say.
27 posted on 11/05/2006 5:44:14 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: popdonnelly

Influential with the left only.


28 posted on 11/05/2006 5:44:20 AM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: TruthFactor; Tees Mom
That is the one and only Mr. Jim Robinson. The creator of FreeRepublic.

Yeah! Who do you think has been advising Karl Rove all these years?!?!

Doesn't mean Karl has always listened, but hey - you can't say that good advice hasn't been offered!
29 posted on 11/05/2006 5:46:08 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Dark Skies
It's going to be heart-breaking to watch a grown man cry.

Yo, Jon! Cry me a river.

30 posted on 11/05/2006 5:48:59 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: Socratic

pompodour or is it pompodore?

His big mass of hair,,Kerry's was better. YOu know hair on men that blossoms up from the head, gleaming, not one out of place. It requires lots of "product" and hairspray.


31 posted on 11/05/2006 5:50:30 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: Dark Skies

Swiftboated by his own party.


32 posted on 11/05/2006 5:53:31 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget)
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To: Dark Skies
"you can stick a fork in this man."

I wish someone would damn good and well stick a fork in him; and old Billy Blyth IV too!

33 posted on 11/05/2006 5:56:14 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Tees Mom; TruthFactor; MaryFromMichigan; Jim Robinson

ping


34 posted on 11/05/2006 5:58:17 AM PST by vigilante2 (Thank You Veterans)
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To: Dark Skies
Kerry is unfit to command and it took Newsweek how many years to figure this out? His little joke episode was nothing different than what he has said many tmes before including in his famous Gengis Khan speech before Congress more than three decades ago.

What's different about this episode is that with the new media his remarks could not be spun or covered up.

35 posted on 11/05/2006 6:00:58 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: BunnySlippers

"Swiftboated by his own party".......

and mostly by himself, in my estimation.

Kerry is a very conflicted man. I truly believe that, deep-down, he knows he's led the life of a phoney and a fraud. I also think the part that haunts him most is that he knows he was really a coward in VN and punked out. This causes him to try to act as Mr. Macho and also condescend others.
He really belongs in therapy, not the US Senate.


36 posted on 11/05/2006 6:03:26 AM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: sgtbono2002
Too bad the people of Massachusetts dont get the message and vote this dork out of office.

I don't get it. Boston and its surrounds are the See of the high priests of self-annoited intellectual superiority, and they have this guy going around showing that the whole construct is a poor effort to ceate a Potemkin village without even enough intellect to support the gaudy and fraudulent facade that they try to hold up to the world.

37 posted on 11/05/2006 6:04:25 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Socratic
His pompous, what? ..

it's a door that leads to a room where pompo's are kept

Doogle

38 posted on 11/05/2006 6:08:14 AM PST by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: BunnySlippers

If you're going to shoot yourself in the foot, make sure it isn't in your mouth.


39 posted on 11/05/2006 6:08:15 AM PST by EricT. (The Democrats have decided it will either be a Democrat led America, or no America at all.)
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To: albie

Newsweek and the media in general are losing customers. They are trying to persuade sane people to buy their rags.
Last time I saw Newsweek it was on the floor behind the commode in the locker room, torn into wipe-sized sections.


40 posted on 11/05/2006 6:13:48 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: mkjessup

Mr. Robinson, my sincere apologies, I am rather new to posting and had never seen a photograph before. Thanks for the great site, the first one I run to every am, right after Drudge headlines!


41 posted on 11/05/2006 6:15:07 AM PST by Tees Mom
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To: MaryFromMichigan

LOL..that is good to see Jim Robinson again.


42 posted on 11/05/2006 6:18:13 AM PST by GulfWar1Vet (At last...Justice is served to Saddam Hussein. RIP to those who died in Desert Storm.)
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To: Dark Skies

What's the big deal? Anyone with half a brain had John F'n pegged during '04.


43 posted on 11/05/2006 6:18:39 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: vigilante2
Jim has seen it already.
I sent him the picture before I posted it, and also this earlier version.
He lol at them!

Love your freeper page!
44 posted on 11/05/2006 6:18:59 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Dark Skies
Howard Dean will always be remembered for his yeeeeaaaahhhh !!!
Kerry will be known for his botched Bush joke ... actually a Freudian slip. What a legacy ... tapes of these debacles will be used for years in political training seminars on what not to do, ever.
45 posted on 11/05/2006 6:19:27 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Loyal Buckeye

Not the democrats. This recent event with Kerry might have opened some previous closed eyes.


46 posted on 11/05/2006 6:33:15 AM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: Tees Mom

Oh no need to apologize, I'm sure Jim understands that many posters know him only by name and not necessarily by face.

Like you, this is where I get my news day to day, hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute.

Enjoy your weekend Mom! :)


47 posted on 11/05/2006 6:35:16 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Dark Skies

He meant what he said and said what he meant.


48 posted on 11/05/2006 7:01:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Dark Skies

the Democrats will have no tolerance for a Kerry presidential run in two years.




I certainly hope this is the case. I can't think of a bigger jerk than John Kerry. He shouldn't be even near the office of Commander in Chief. The very fact that he isn't in Leavenworth is disturbing.


49 posted on 11/05/2006 7:12:17 AM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: Dark Skies

"This is not something that will linger in pool halls and bars and normal places in America,”


BALONEY! Those are the people who he was targeting with his joke.


50 posted on 11/05/2006 7:15:32 AM PST by kalee
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