Now, here’s the story. Dan Balz and Howard Kurtz: “Senator John Kerry was the big story in Portland on Monday. His dinnertime rally down the with former Vermont governor Howard Dean drew thousands of supporters and dominated a local TV news that night. ‘Portland crowd rallies around Kerry’ said a front page headline on Tuesday’s Portland Oregonian, but the presumptive Democratic nominee barely caused a blip on the national news media radar even though he was paired against President Bush in ceremonies in Topeka, Kansas commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs.
“Earlier this year, Kerry had little trouble attracting national attention as he racked up a series of primary election victories. Since then he’s been far less visible, struggling almost daily to compete for attention with the news out of Iraq and the bully pulpit of the White House. All this has left Kerry with a smaller megaphone at a time when challengers often struggle to be heard.” Oh give me a break. Challengers don’t “struggle to be heard.” Anybody ever heard of Ross Perot or Bill Clinton? What is this?
“Other Democrats worry that Kerry has been slow to develop a compelling message for his candidacy, rendering him unable to take full advantage of the president’s weakened position. From April 1st through last week, the three network newscasts did not run a single report on Kerry’s proposals on jobs, education, health care, the environment or other issues that he’s been hitting on the stump,” and there’s a good reason for it: they’re trying to help him. These are idiotic ideas. If these ideas get out, this guy is
“However, the media did carry reports that tended to portray Kerry to the defensive. The controversy over his throwing away his Vietnam medals [or ribbons], an attempt by some Catholic leaders to deny him…” There’s a great parody piece, by the way, I got sent last night by somebody who fell for it. Yeah, people send me news all the time like I can’t find it myself, and I got this story, and the headline: “Kerry to Announce Wednesday Creation of New Pro-Choice Catholic Church,” and the person sending it to me bought it, said, “Rush, you won’t believe this.” The problem is it proved something: good humor, good comedy, good humor must have an element of truth or believability in it to be funny and of course there are people who believe he would do this, start their own pro-choice Catholic church. (Laughing.) I looked at it; I just prayed that it was real but I read and I read, and I discovered it was a parody — and then I was mad that I didn’t think of it myself. You always get upset when somebody out-creates you. You always do, or I do, and that’s just too rich: John Kerry to announce creation of pro-choice Catholic church. (Laughing.)
The thing is now that it’s out there it will give somebody the idea and they’ll do it like Arianna Huffington or somebody, come along and think it’s a great idea. So, anyway, all this news here, Kerry can’t get noticed in the media. He can’t break through — and the right spin on it is they’re helping him out by making sure nobody hears his idiotic ideas. Now, from the American Spectator. We’re going to go back to this conflict that Kurtz and Balz referred to here, Kerry and Bush on the ground in Topeka. Well, not “on the ground.” That’s the point. They’re in Topeka on the same day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
No, because it was stupid. It was dumb; it was lifeless, and that’s why you didn’t hear it, because if you did, he’d be in worse trouble than he’s in. So Kerry is sitting there on his plane after he’s made this memorable speech. His entourage were boarding their charter due to fly west out to Oregon. “An advanced staffer for Kerry informed him that they had they had to hurry and take off so that the airspace around the Topeka airport could be could be secured for President Bush’s arrival. Kerry, upon hearing that, refused to move quickly. Instead, he loitered and refused to take his seat on the airplane. At one point, Kerry asked reporters, ‘You mean you’re not staying for What’s His Name?’ referring to Bush.” Have you heard this? He said to reporters. Have you heard this anywhere? He said this
Has anybody told
“Kerry had told the civil rights audience, [Kerry sing-song voice:] ‘Todaaaay, more than ever, we neeeeed to renew our commitmeeeent to one America.’ Kerry blamed his speechwriters for the oversight,”
“Kerry blamed his speechwriters for the oversight and according to a Kerry staffer in Washington, asked that the line no longer be used in his speeches. He’s the guy that gives the speeches. He’s asking them, “Make suuuure that I don’t say that again in my speeches.” This is why they don’t tell you what’s going on with this buffoon! It’s just, he’s also — we got an audience. He’s stealing a Howard Dean line. Remember, Howard Dean always closed out his speeches, [Screaming Dean impression] “The flag of the United States of America doesn’t belong to Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell…” Kerry is starting to use it but not with my name. We have the audio. Oh, folks, sit tight here. We may be in the third hour but we’ve only scratched the surface. [program observer interruption] Kerry? Petty? Of course! He’s arrogant. He’s condescending. He’s not capable of making a mistake. He’s not capable. It’s a speechwriter’s fault; it’s his stupid wife’s fault for buying the SUVs; it’s somebody else’s fault for making him ride in one.
It’s not petty. It’s patrician elitism, Mr. Snerdley. Oh, that’s arrogance. That’s not petty, trying to hold up the president’s plane. That’s not petty. It’s childish, if that’s what you mean, but it’s sheer arrogance — and for the staffer in the press, “Ooh, isn’t he funny!” (mock laughing.) We’re all laughing of course — and they all told us about it, they thought it was so funny, didn’t they?
I’m going to go ahead and mention this because this is good, too. “Tom Daschle was said by senior leadership staffers in the Senate to be furious with his colleague, the assumed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee [that can’t get noticed], John Kerry, because he missed that vote last week that would have extended unemployment benefits here in our roaring, recovering economy. Leadership staffer said, ‘We just got outflanked by the Republicans. Kerry knew about that vote. Daschle asked him to be there. We asked Kennedy to make clear to him how important we thought the vote was, but Kerry ignored him. He’s basically no longer a U.S. senator. He’s a full-time candidate.'”
I’m telling you, this is arrogant condescension. His excuse is saying [Kerry sing-song voice], “Weeeell, it wasn’t going to pass the House anyway. I didn’t neeeeed to be there.” What about getting
But, no! Pass up a brilliant political opportunity and tee off your Senate colleagues at the same time. [program observer interruption] Ummm, what was that? Well, yes, I do understand the nuances of the campaign trail. I understand the nuances of the campaign trail better than Kerry does. If it would have been me and I’m trying to get the votes of these kooks on the left who want to get paid for not working, I’d have made sure I was there and voted,
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