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Is There Some Kind of Pathology in Kerry's Campaign?

Monday, 20 September 2004 12:00 AM

Has he forgotten the presidencies of Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, Reagan, and Clinton, none of whom ever served in combat? Will he be logically consistent and say that neither John Edwards nor Hillary Clinton is fit for the White House?

Why does Kerry insult every veteran who was ever killed or seriously wounded in action - past and present - by trumpeting the three Purple Hearts he received for his own trivial and self-inflicted injuries?

Why does Kerry dismiss all of the 40 or so countries - America's coalition partners - that are contributing to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by claiming that they are mere "window dressing"? Does he think that people will believe his claims that we "must reach out to our friends and allies" when in the next breath he trivializes our real, and many, friends and allies? What kind of diplomacy is this?

Why does Kerry give aid and comfort to our enemies with his new mantra that our heroic efforts to free Iraq and ultimately the world from terrorism represent "the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time"?

Why does Kerry continue to base his campaign on denigrating President Bush's honorably discharged service in the Air National Guard, criticizing every jot and tittle of the president's service record, while refusing to disclose most of his own service record? What is he hiding? What's in that file that he doesn't want us to see?

Why does Kerry insist that he is perfectly qualified to be president but consistently fail to point to any concrete accomplishment of his past 20 years in the Senate to support that claim, or to articulate his own military, intelligence, defense, or economic policies beyond vague and ambiguous generalities about "doing it better and smarter"?

Why does Kerry seem to believe that he can take both sides of every issue and never have to answer for his contradictory positions? That he can be all things to all people but never stake out a clear and unequivocal position on anything for more than a few days at a time?

Is there some kind of pathology here? Delusional thinking? A deep inner conflict between wanting to succeed and wanting to fail? A lurking fear that "success" may uncover the "real" John Kerry and prove his undoing?

I'm looking at the picture of Senator John Kerry on the cover of his 1997 book "The New War." He was comfortably established as the junior senator from Massachusetts at the time, with the support of its senior senator, Ted Kennedy, and pretty good job security. He was not a national figure then, not under scrutiny for any controversial policy initiatives or scandals and keeping a pretty low profile as senators go when he decided to write the book about the greatest threat that he thought America faced: organized crime. (This, after America had already been attacked several times by al Qaeda, both at home and abroad).

But instead of confidence, I see a deer-in-the-headlights look. Kerry's lips are thin and tight, his eyes slightly unfocused, his shirt rumpled, his tie appears to be a design of cartoon characters. He occupies only about 20 percent of the cover, he is dwarfed by the old roll-top desk behind him and the large picture above it. He looks small and passive. He's not smiling. He looks worried, not confidant. He seems to be withdrawing from the photographer. Why?

I'll leave it to psychoanalysts to guess why. Does he feel like a cartoon? Does he feel weak, Ted Kennedy's perpetual acolyte? Does he feel passive and hollow after contemplating his "missing record" of non-existent legislation, of doing nothing of substance he can point to about the problems of our economy, education, health care, defense, social security, etc.? Or, for that matter, of snagging not one but two immensely wealthy women, a feat that reminds him, daily perhaps, of what he, himself, has failed to earn?

Why does John Kerry, the presidential candidate, think that Americans will or should believe that, if elected, he will suddenly awake from his Rip Van Winkle-ish coma of senatorial passivity and suddenly find some here-to-fore top secret reservoir of knowledge, experience, and wisdom with which to fix everything?

John Kerry's frequently conflicting and sometimes incoherent positions, and his secretiveness about the rest of his military record, may or may not suggest any real psychopathology. I don't know.

But I would like to know, why is John Kerry on the campaign trail his own worst enemy?


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