February 12, 2004


Reader Ric Manhard, of Ashburn, VA, writes:

John Kerry makes a big point of his personal experiences as part of his qualification to run our nation. I think, based on the same qualification, that he has a real plan to improve the U.S. economy.

But I'm not sure anyone has informed him that there are no ultra-rich, female nations for America to marry.

Ric also writes: I think I need to start blogging. Yes, he does! In other candidate news, Howard Dean delivers a searing insight:

The remaining field now looks to Wisconsin next Tuesday. Dr Dean suggested it could be decisive for his campaign, a point he has wavered on in recent days.

"If I don't win, then maybe I won't be president. We'll find out," he said on Tuesday.

UPDATE. Matt Welch writes:

This Kerry avalanche strikes me as pretty bad news for the Democrats. Competition creates interest; interested attention on Democrats creates pressure on Bush, and Kerry is about as inspiring as a bag of kelp. Out of the top five candidates, I would have chosen him maybe fourth, and the potential for us to get real sick of him between now and November seems way too high. So I'll pull the lever for either Dean or Edwards on March 2, if either are still around, and I might just vote for one of 'em if they stand aside. Too bad that this exciting political season lasted about three weeks.

Furious comments follow from Ken Layne. Both these men are communists, you know. Welch voted for Nader in the last election, and Layne -- Ive been to his Reno compound, and he just leaves these incriminating documents lying around, underneath two or three telephone directories, locked inside a safe, encrypted in some Stasi code, and buried fourteen feet deep in his yard -- voted for something called "The Child Porn Coalition for the Death of Jesus Party".

As far as I can tell, this group is mainly a Reno thing.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 12, 2004 01:19 AM

It's time for all men to stand up and be heard, yell out "John Kerry cannot touch my penis".

Posted by: john kerry can't touch my penis at February 12, 2004 at 01:34 AM

Dean's commentary is legit. He could easily run as an independent. William Safire proposed this a few weeks ago.

Posted by: ivan at February 12, 2004 at 01:39 AM

france is a nation of girly-men; is that who he's thinking of?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at February 12, 2004 at 01:41 AM

Dean's strategy is to lose every primary, but make it up in volume.

Posted by: Rand Simberg at February 12, 2004 at 01:50 AM

Glenn Reynolds and Mickey Kaus have been slagging Kerry on every other post it seems, yet Kerry continues to wipe the floor with all of his opponents. Geez, Kerry even won Tennessee, handily at that. Looks like the inverse Gore factor at work here.

Posted by: Tennessee Tuxedo at February 12, 2004 at 02:10 AM

While Kerry desperately searches for that rich, girly nation (I hear ya', Mr. Bingley) maybe he can also slap together a compelling essay about how being a middle-manager in a division of a Fortune 500 company 30+ years ago provides the experience necessary to be CEO of the whole company.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at February 12, 2004 at 02:40 AM

I haven't seen the Democrats go this stupid since they nominated the hapless Dukakis, who, we should all remember, lead Bush the Elder by a whopping 14% margin after the Democratic Convention in 1988.

Same thing will happen here.

Then, the RNC will run three weeks of nothing but Kerry: against the death penalty, claiming US soldiers rape, murder and mutilate as a matter of official policy, hanging out with Fonda, throwing away medals that were not his in protest, etc.

After that, it's all over.

Posted by: KevinV at February 12, 2004 at 02:45 AM

Kerry's Plan?

Simple -- Have the United States marry a really wealthy country.

Posted by: The Comedian at February 12, 2004 at 03:06 AM

Tongue Boy,

What a brilliant analogy! I'm going to steal it.

Posted by: Shannon Love at February 12, 2004 at 03:33 AM

Sadly, The Child Porn Coalition for the Death of Jesus Party has yet to really expand from its suburban Melbourne roots. But I'll keep cashing the checks to the Reno Regional Headquarters as long as Tim keeps sending 'em!

Posted by: Ken Layne at February 12, 2004 at 06:06 AM

if you cant find any utlra rich women to marry he may turn to buggery,

Posted by: Giles at February 12, 2004 at 06:20 AM

Hmmm...what about a sexy Commie bride like China? or maybe a hot Euro like Switzerland? Kerry better start scoutin' to see whos available.

Posted by: Quentin George at February 12, 2004 at 06:35 AM

So what was the Bush II plan?

Have America born into an ultra-influential country?

Posted by: LD at February 12, 2004 at 08:04 AM

I have informed Mr. Welch that I did not appreciate his libelous comment and he will be hearing from my lawyer.

Posted by: bag of kelp at February 12, 2004 at 08:07 AM

You know, I wouldn't mind losing W Bush and his luck of birth too much if it meant never having any Kennedy anywhere near government again.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at February 12, 2004 at 08:44 AM

Getting a Kerry would be like getting a warped Kennedy !!

Posted by: MommaBear at February 12, 2004 at 10:08 AM

So what was the Bush II plan?

Have America born into an ultra-influential country?

No, that's EVERY politicans' plan.

Posted by: Quentin George at February 12, 2004 at 04:27 PM

Actually, given that Woody Allen still makes films that are popular, and given that "metrosexuality" is this new big thing, and given that no one has yet kicked Michael Moore in the balls, it looks as though the UNITED STATES is the "big, rich, girly-country".

Posted by: Kim du Toit at February 13, 2004 at 02:57 AM