Kool-Aide

John Kerry’s aides aren’t doing him any favors in this New York Times Magazine profile.

When I asked one Kerry adviser what it was that voters needed to know about Kerry and terrorism, he replied without hesitation. ”That he’s strong and tough,” he said. ”In the case of John Kerry, unlike Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, he’s looked people in the face and shot them dead.”

And this…

It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that Kerry hasn’t been eager to challenge Bush’s grand notion of a war on terror; such a distinction might sound weak, equivocal or, worse yet, nuanced. It’s equally unsurprising that, in the recent Times poll, 57 percent of the respondents said Kerry hadn’t made his plans for the country clear, and 63 percent believed he said what he thought people wanted to hear, rather than what he actually thought.

When I asked Kerry’s campaign advisers about these poll numbers, what I heard from some of them in response was that Kerry’s theories on global affairs were just too complex for the electorate and would have been ignored — or, worse yet, mangled — by the press.Remember there’s a Kerry plan, but you’re too stupid to embrace the nuance of the plan, which is why it’s kept hidden. That’s some serious Kerry flavored Kool-Aid…

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