March 03, 2004


The Wall Street Journal cites every possible negative in its description of Democrat candidate John Kerry:

His first cousin is a French mayor. His father was a diplomat. He spent school years in Switzerland, among other countries, and now and then vacationed in Brittany ... He thinks the death-penalty is bad and thinks the Kyoto Protocol, intended to protect the global climate, is good.

Oops! My mistake. That’s actually from Germany’s Financial Times, where these Kerry traits are considered positives. And they didn't even get around to mentioning Kerry’s main campaign platform.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 3, 2004 11:24 PM

Churchill wasn't very popular in Europe either, and he still saved them from themselves.

Posted by: Frank Castle at March 3, 2004 at 11:42 PM

Everytime I see the rich-beyond-my-wildest-dreams, plutocratic Ent rail on about rich plutocrats, I see in my mind's eye that little Monopoly dude with the 1930's silk suit, the top hat and the cane.

And the monocle. Ahhh, the monocle. This penultimate symbol of plutocraticness has completely vanished from American culture, last being worn in public by a German Luftwaffe colonel in a popular 1960's TV show. The silk suit may be out of style, the top hat just too much for such a tall man and the cane unnecessary for our robust war hero, but a monocle might just round out our favorite special interest fighter's haughty, French-looking image in time for a November drubbing from the home-schooling, Darwin-bashing, Jesus-loving hicks out where I live.

Put. It. On.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at March 4, 2004 at 12:28 AM

The US Senate voted down the Kyoto Protocol 95-0. Did Kerry abstain or is this yet another flip-flop?

Posted by: Andy Freeman at March 4, 2004 at 02:04 AM

Glad you asked about Kerry and Kyoto. I looked this up the other day. On roll call vote #205 in the first session of the 97th Congress he voted yes. That is, he voted in favor of a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the US should not agree to the Kyoto treaty. Translation: he voted against Kyoto. Yup, another flip flop.

Posted by: Rob in Massachusetts at March 4, 2004 at 02:39 AM

Yup, still the straight shooter he was in 'Nam.......

Posted by: Crusader at March 4, 2004 at 03:41 AM

It wouldn't matter if Dennis Kucinich was elected president, the Senate is never going to ratify Kyoto. None of the senators would want to face their constituents after Kyoto starts putting a huge damper on growth while redistributing billions of dollars to foreign countries. Most Americans aren't interested in returning to an agrarian based economy and politicians know that those pitchforks can be used for more than just working the land.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at March 4, 2004 at 04:37 AM

What - Kerry flipped again? I am soooo surprised. Now that it appears he is the nominee, all the parsed language he used as a Senator is going to come back and bite him in the ***. This could be worse than Dukakis.

Posted by: JEM at March 4, 2004 at 05:55 AM

Isn't that supposed to be spelled Britney?

Posted by: triticale at March 4, 2004 at 05:57 AM

Interesting how leftists determine the merits of a policy position on 'intentions'. The Kyoto rort is 'intended' to reduce global warming, ergo: it is good. Sod the true consequences.

So no matter how things turn out they can stew in their moral superiority and say "Hey, we meant well."
Yeah, like Marx, asshat.

Posted by: fidens at March 4, 2004 at 07:41 AM

Kerry did NOT flip-flop on Kyoto. You must understand the nuances in his policies and votes.

It just happens to be a coincidence that these nuances always come out to his (perceived) political benefit at that time.


Posted by: SteveMG at March 4, 2004 at 10:58 AM

His first cousin is a French mayor. His father was a diplomat. His mother smells of elderberries.

Posted by: Fred Boness at March 4, 2004 at 01:14 PM

Tongue Boy, give him a top hat, cane and monocle, he's the Planter's Peanut!

In you, sir, lurks unrequited greatness!

Posted by: Timothy Lang at March 4, 2004 at 04:40 PM

Just a minor correction to the article: "He thinks the death-penalty is bad and thinks the Kyoto Protocol, intended to protect socialist economies from American competition, is good."

Posted by: Clem Snide at March 4, 2004 at 09:18 PM

Has anyone else seen this quote, found via Drudge, in the Independent (UK)?

"If the human race as a whole, rather than 50 states plus the District of Colombia, could cast a ballot this coming November, John Kerry would surely win the presidency by a landslide.

Unfortunately for President Bush-haters around the world, only the 200 million United States citizens of voting age will have that right - and the outcome is anything but sure."

This just makes me want to puke. What's being passed off a a legitimate story on our election year is really just a whiny British reporter pissing and moaning about the fact that the American presidential election is going to be left up to - the AMERICANS!

Apparently their slogan is "US out of everywhere, but everyone else should control the US." Gah. I wish Drudge wouldn't post this stuff so early EST; it just ruined my breakfast.

Posted by: kimberly at March 4, 2004 at 11:24 PM

US poll today - Kerry, Bush tied. It's over. And Nadar is just an insurance policy.

Posted by: JEM at March 6, 2004 at 12:57 AM