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Kerry, the Europeans, and the (few) voters

Tony Blankley wonders who John Kerry was talking about when he said last weekend: "I’ve met foreign leaders who can’t go out and say this publicly, but boy, they look at you and say, ’You’ve got to win this, you’ve got to beat this guy, we need a new policy, things like that.’" The truth is that he hasn’t met with any, ewhich then makes the Kerry remark especially stupid. Does he really think that (aside possibly from the Florida donors he was talking to) this is to his advantage in the presidential contest? Does he really think that Americans will be more likely to vote for him because Chirac and Schroeder would prefer to have him in office rather than Bush? What his comment reveals is that he--just like Reagan’s opponents in the 80’s--is as embarrased by the Bush presidency and regrets that Americans are seen as Cowboys. This is the heart of the reason he is a Massachusetts liberal and will not be elected. I venture to suggest that a very large minority of Democrats cannot have enthusiasm for such a candidate, with such inclinations. This point is related to this report in the Boston Globe about how the Demos have exagerated the turnout for the primaries. "Democratic turnout in the party’s presidential primaries through Super Tuesday was generally low -- in the aggregate, the third-lowest on record," Lewis Gans said, Terry McAuliffe’s hype to the contrary notwithstanding. I’m beginning to think thagt this whole primary run, Dean’s lead, and Kerry’s underserved vistory, is nothing but a media creation. I’m betting they can’t keep it up, no matter how many mistakes the Bush campaign makes.

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