February 26, 2004


John Kerry is a one-man physics lesson. For every one of his actions, he provides an equal and opposite reaction. The Jerusalem Post reports Kerry’s latest reversal:

US Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's construction of a security barrier as a "legitimate act of self defense" after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience, "We don't need another barrier to peace."

Here are the full quotes, as provided by the J-Post. This is from a Kerry speech to an October conference held by the Arab American Institute in Michigan:

I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to build the barrier off of the Green Line – cutting deep into Palestinian areas. We don't need another barrier to peace. Provocative and counterproductive measures only harm Israelis' security over the long term, increase the hardships to the Palestinian people, and make the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder.

And here is Kerry’s new opinion, generously characterised by the J-Post as a “clarification”:

Israel's security fence is a legitimate act of self defense. No nation can stand by while its children are blown up at pizza parlors and on buses. While President [George W.] Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians, Israel has a right and a duty to defend its citizens. The fence only exists in response to the wave of terror attacks against Israel.

As reader DanG says:

I think I finally understand why Kerry underwent the botox treatments. It's so he could say all the things he does with a straight face.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 26, 2004 12:24 AM

Senator John Kerry carries on the Clinton/Gore tradition of being deeply committed to whomever he talked with last.

Posted by: thomas at February 26, 2004 at 01:00 AM

Has anyone considered the possibility that John Kerry might simply be HRC wearing a mask and walking on stilts?

Posted by: Mike Jericho at February 26, 2004 at 02:46 AM

Which is why, once the primary season is over and Bush gets to go after Kerry one on one - Kerry will not do much better than Dukakis (sp?) in 88.

Posted by: JEM at February 26, 2004 at 02:52 AM

Would a reputable psychiatrist be able to tell us if Kerry is a sociopath or psychopath (or whatever the new popular word is)?

Posted by: aaron at February 26, 2004 at 04:03 AM

May I suggest referring to him as Janus F. Kerry (or Janus F'ing Kerry, if you like).

Posted by: Ken Summers at February 26, 2004 at 04:49 AM

Oooohhhh! I love the Janus image! I'm gonna have to try that.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at February 26, 2004 at 05:16 AM

John Kerry has a long history of talking out of both sides of the mouths on each face.

It'll be interesting to see if he can still do it after the botox, though.

Posted by: Dave Cryder at February 26, 2004 at 05:37 AM

I'm no hand with Photoshop, but couldn't someone who is make us a Janus Kerry and have Tim Post it? That could be valuable.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at February 26, 2004 at 05:49 AM

To be fair, maybe Kerry didn't know in October that children were being blown up in pizza parlors and on buses....

Posted by: Sebastian Holsclaw at February 26, 2004 at 06:56 AM

Re: the Janus comment.

US President Abraham Lincoln, a man not noted for his good looks, said that his critics accused him of being two faced, to which he replied, "If I had two faces, do you think I would wear this one?"

(for the record, I think Lincoln looked fine and was funny, too.)

Posted by: JDB at February 26, 2004 at 08:15 AM

Reads as if Kerry attended the Sir Humphrey Applebyschool of Politics and Govt - for those not Oxbridge material. P.&G. I : How to Wear Two Hats : this first year course is requisite foundation course for latter years.Students will learn the concept of wearing two hats,with much of the course devoted to the history of wearing two hats . Biography papers will be required, for in the lives of the great 2-hat wearers is illumination of 2-hat wearing. Scholars will note, though I I mention it in all due modesty, The biography of I Sir Humphrey Appleby is a set text.....

Posted by: d at February 26, 2004 at 08:33 AM

Dream on boys. Come November all the talk will be about "the Kerry Republicans" that delivered the White House and Congress back to the Dems. Already several GOP congressmen are moving to distance themselves from the George the Younger in the campaign. Your buzz boy is on the nose.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at February 26, 2004 at 12:04 PM

Someone let 'Randy out of the cupboard again. Say, 'Rand -- what's "your buzz boy is on the nose" supposed to mean? Could you translate that from Moronese for us English speakers?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at February 26, 2004 at 01:43 PM

At least Noam Chomsky is more consistent then John Kerry!

Posted by: ivan at February 26, 2004 at 11:10 PM

Bush seems to be on the right track. Evidence: Miranda's catcalls are getting more obscure and incomprehensible. What she apparently does not realize is that increased psychotropic drug intake will not decrease Bush's re-election chances.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at February 26, 2004 at 11:54 PM

Kerry has no prayer unless Bush completely fumbles - which in politics can always happen. The representatives distancing themselves from Bush do so on two topics - the immigration policy he has backed, which is wildly unpopular the closer your state is to Mexico. The other is spending discipline. Both positions are deemed too liberal by his supporters but Kerry is not in a position to be able to attack him on either. All Republicans know that Kerry would spend more and raise taxes, and the democrats are trying to pander to the hispanic lobby even more strongly than Bush. Unemployment is leveling off and job growth is beginning to turn up - finally. About election time the economy will be noticably better to the voter who votes his pocket book - which is most of them - and Kerry will be left without an issue to push. Bush's base loves the war on terror, and they are pleased he came out strong on gay marriage. Kerry who is unwilling to commit to a strong position on either - he has waffled - will be force to take one. The gay marriage activites have actually ended up costing gay right's advocates in polling data so Kerry will be blocked there. All he will be able to do is be silent or mimic some lighter version of Bush's current position. That doesn't help him. Plus now Nadar will pick off voters who end up feeling Kerry isn't liberal enough - which is a hard concept to believe given Kerry's voting record. His is not a strong position to be in Miranda!

Posted by: JEM at February 27, 2004 at 12:38 AM

I think that we're all off point here. Our goal should be finding an issue that John F'ing Kerry can three sides of the issue.

Posted by: Mr. Madison at February 27, 2004 at 11:29 AM

A "buzz boy" is actually an American term for a fighter pilot, I got it from Daffy Duck. Someone is "on the nose" when their rotting flesh is starting to stink to high heaven.

Thus: "Your buzz boy is on the nose."

Posted by: Miranda Divide at February 29, 2004 at 02:58 AM

I liked the Janus idea so much I did the graphic as a campaign button.

Posted by: Lynxx Pherrett at March 9, 2004 at 12:25 PM