Man Without Qualities

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Out With The Old, In With The New

Mickey Kaus has referred to Senator Kerry's mysterious loathesomeness.

But the loathesomeness is less and less mysterious. The Senator, long believed by much of the world to be of Irish-American heritage, but who claims he never encouraged and often corrected such a view, seems to be a simple liar on the point:

''For those of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestory, we take great pride in the contributions that Irish-Americans, from the time of the Revolutionary War to the present, have made to building a strong and vibrant nation,'' Kerry told Senate colleagues in a March 18, 1986 statement.

At least the Senator should be credited with understanding that this lie might work at the Senate level, but that media scrutiny gets more intense as one moves towards the White House, so he would have to reveal his old lie and tell a new lie about never having told the old lie in the first place. Mickey's description of the possible source of the Senator's characterological flaws is again proven out: How dumb is that? It's calculation, but also incompetent calculation ...

From Al Gore to John Kerry, the Democrats seem to have learned only half of the central Clinton technique. So, boys and girls, listen up: It's not just important to lie - it's also important to tell lies that are hard to check (the best, of course, is the all-purpose "I do not recall...") and to intimidate and/or compromise the people who could do the checking.

When you spell, you begin with A, B, C.

When you count, you begin with 1, 2, 3.


Link from DRUDGE.

UPDATE: Possible explanation for Kerry: Claim the 1986 statement was conceived on Saint Patrick's Day - when everyone is Irish or thinks they are. Polish up the details.

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