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George Soros Now Doubts a Kerry Victory

Thursday, 28 October 2004 12:00 AM

“I embarked on the tour because I was worried that the dramatic deterioration in Iraq did not produce the decisive lead for John Kerry I had confidently expected,” Soros conceded.

Asked what he will do if George W. Bush wins another term, Soros lamented: “I shall go into some kind of monastery. If we endorse him [Bush], my next question will be ‘what’s wrong with us?’”

Competing for attention at the National Press Club was a contingent from the National Legal and Policy Center that has been shadowing Soros during his recent appearances in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

At a separate press conference, the Center announced the formation of its “Soros Truth Squad,” touting the fact that just hours before, it had filed suit with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaining of the activities of two nonprofit organizations that hosted Soros’ current round of anti-Bush speeches.

Also the subject of formal complaint by the Center: Soros himself. The Center alleges that Soros has failed to report “significant travel, public relations and other costs associated with his speaking tour.”

During the Center’s presentation, a representative who came over from the Soros luncheon contingent shouted out that the allegations against Soros were false. Peter Flaherty, the president of the Center, countered that Soros had not yet been served with the complaint, so how could the gentleman know it was falsely based?

Meanwhile at the luncheon, NewsMax was on hand to ask Soros about the just-filed complaint. With no small amount of irony, Soros replied: “It’s a shady group supported by a shady billionaire. ... I think I was well within my rights under the First Amendment.”

The Soros luncheon was crashed by a heckler who grabbed the microphone and held up a picture of his dead son – apparently the victim of a drug overdose (Soros supports the legalization of marijuana, the use of methadone and even the clinical dosing of addicts with heroin).

A couple of burly men in suits wrestled the man roughly out of the ballroom, smacking him into a door jam before resuming their stations to the left and right ends of the head table.

Soros stayed on topic. “Some people have a false understanding of where I stand [on drugs]."

Soros opined that Kerry was going to win Ohio, owing in no small measure to the 850,000 newly registered voters there. He added that he hoped the Republican “voter suppression” would not dampen the grass-roots movement against Bush he has been fostering during his round of speeches.

“I am very concerned about the election being dependent on the courts. Knowing who will be president on November 2 is rather slim,” Soros said. “It’s all very demeaning of the democratic process in this country.”

Conceding that his hope for a “Democrat landslide” has gone by the boards, his only direct remark about candidate Kerry was that he knew him personally and that he would make “a good president.”

Another tepid endorsement of Kerry came as he explained that, in his opinion, Kerry understood that “offense is not necessarily the best defense if it offends those whose allegiance we need. John Kerry is aware of this other dimension. ... He is nuanced because reality is complicated. ...

“John Kerry won all three debates but President Bush invokes his faith and that inspires his followers. ... Bush has shown that he is incapable of recognizing his mistakes. He insists on making reality conform to his beliefs even at the cost of deceiving himself and deliberately deceiving the public.”

“We have been spared a terrorist attack at home, but it is quite a stretch to attribute that to the invasion of Iraq,” Soros argued. “The insurrection in Iraq, however, is a somber reality and it doesn’t make us safer at home. Our security, far from improving as President Bush claims, is deteriorating.”

Soros concluded: “If we elect President Bush, the war on terror will never end. The terrorists are invisible, therefore they can never disappear. It is our civil liberties that may disappear instead.”

Meanwhile, back at the “Soros Truth Squad,” Flaherty noted emotionally: “God is right here at the National Press Club! ... I wonder if he has embarked on his tour because he wishes that he were the candidate, instead of Kerry?”

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