March 19, 2004


A former foreign leader lends his support to the Kerry campaign:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad endorsed Democratic contender John Kerry in the U.S. presidential race Thursday, saying he would keep the world safer than President Bush.

"I think Kerry would be much more willing to listen to the voices of people and of the rest of the world," Mahathir, who retired in October after 22 years in power, told The Associated Press in an interview.

"But in the U.S., the Jewish lobby is very strong, and any American who wants to become president cannot change the policy toward Palestine radically," he said.

There he goes again about those devious Jews. Kerry has told Mahathir to go to hell.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 19, 2004 05:34 PM

It's amazing how Mahathir Mohamad manages to accurately predict the Jewish lobby's massively pro-Bush vote in November.

Posted by: Shelby at March 19, 2004 at 05:57 PM

Wow! Kerry said something that made sense. Or his foreign policy advisor did. Or made a statement that made sense. Or something.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 19, 2004 at 06:04 PM

I'm impressed by the Kerry campaign's response, but I (being a RWDB) must hear it from Old Po-Face himself before I believe it. (Before I rejected the endorsement, I accepted it. What? It's none of your business! Do you know who I am? Swiftboat! Swiftboat!)

Posted by: Teenage Diplomat at March 19, 2004 at 06:12 PM

Good for Kerry. But check out what his foreign policy adviser, Rand Beers, said in a statement (from Tim's go to hell link above):

“This election will be decided by the American people, and the American people alone. It is simply not appropriate for any foreign leader to endorse a candidate in America’s presidential election. John Kerry does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements.”

Wha?? But- but...

Posted by: Brian O'Connell at March 19, 2004 at 06:25 PM

Kerry has more flip-flops than a girl scout beach party.

Posted by: Gideon at March 19, 2004 at 06:25 PM

Uh oh, Brian. If this guy realizes that Kerry+Foreign Leaders=Problem, how long is it before Kerry's campaign staff tells him to shut up about Vietnam and deprive us of so much comedic material?

Posted by: Sortelli at March 19, 2004 at 07:25 PM

I wait with baited breath for the "Dear Leader" himself, old safari suit boy to come out with his endorsement of Kerry. Oh please oh please.

Posted by: Rob at March 19, 2004 at 08:57 PM

Well, Kerry said he had foreign backing - just wait to Kim Jong Il comes out with his official support. Kerry won't ditch the Vietnam posture, hell, if Bush gets piled on for using images for an ad from a day when 3000 people died, how does Kerry look riding on the back of a war where +58,000 servicemen and countless civilians died?

Posted by: JR at March 19, 2004 at 09:00 PM

Mr Poofy Hair followed up by the Bearded Ghost (our mate Osama) and Kerry has the trifecta.

Posted by: Jake D at March 19, 2004 at 09:22 PM

he still has aristide's support

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at March 19, 2004 at 10:04 PM

I wonder if Mohamad knows that Kerry is actually 1/4 Jewish and would be the first US president w/ significant Jewish heritage.

Posted by: peter at March 20, 2004 at 12:01 AM

Brian & Sortelli:

Dead on!

Damn that merciless logic! You can't coalition with foreign interests that are opposed to your own. It leads inexoraby to endorsements such as this. Who'll be next, Chirac, Schroeder, Putin? He's already got that Socialist twit, Zap to go with Mahathir. Who will be next to join this august group?

Perhaps there should be a contest on Kerry's next foreign leader endorsement. What odds will you give me on Arafat?

Posted by: Hudson at March 20, 2004 at 12:12 AM

Oops almost forgot Kim Jong II. With backing like this how can Kerry fail!

Posted by: Hudson at March 20, 2004 at 12:19 AM

I can't decide whether to use my Beavis or Butthead snigger.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at March 20, 2004 at 01:57 AM

Tongue Boy, let it be Beavis. Dumbass! By the way, has Al Qaeda endorsed anyone yet?

Posted by: S.A. Smith at March 20, 2004 at 03:30 AM