Sen. Kerry on Meet the Press
- Even as a Dean supporter, I appreciated Sen. Kerry's appearance on Meet
the Press. I've seen him better, but I've also seen him worse. For
example, his recent speech to the VFW - a group eager to applaud him
based on his standing as a decorated Vietnam Vet - was uninspired at
best. I wrote a long article about that, but I want to avoid negative
comments about potential Democratic nominees.
To keep things positive, I can't stress enough how much better Kerry
jousting against Russert was compared to his speech "addressing the
troops." I expect to see Kerry to kick it up, as he did for the best
parts of his MTP interview which seemed like a Howard Dean
impersonation. The louder tones and the actual text were welcome changes
for Kerry whose performance had been too gentle and too respectful of
Bush, in my opinion.
Kerry did a good job making points I see Howard Dean make better, and he
shrunk from going after Bush, but his overall performance was far
superior to his VFW speech. I hope Kerry will step up and confront Bush
directly. That would help him - or whoever else the Democrats nominate
next year - beat Bush when it counts. Of course I think that nominee
will be Dean, but I hope for the best for all the Democratic contenders.
The more dynamic, thinking and powerful critics we have exposing
Bush/Cheney crimes and abuses the better.
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