Thursday, February 12, 2004
Looks like John Forbes Kerry may have a skeleton or two in his closet to go with his medals.
Matt Drudge picked up a leaked email and published the results on his webpage. Apparently, Wesley Clark leaked some of this to some press people. Where Wes got it from is beyond me. We'll have to see if anything comes of this over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
Andrew Sullivan is having a freaking meltdown. I, for one, am offended at Andrew's eagerness to blame the Bush shop for this story. Earth to Andrew: this is not Karl Rove's style. He fully intends to run the President on the issues. The President has made up his seven point deficit in Gallup in less than a week, and that was after the "disastrous" interview with Russert. So far, I think Bush is doing a lot better than the chattering classes in D.C. suppose. All the AWOL scandal did was piss off the Republican base and show that the combination of an oily Terry McAuliffe and a disingenuous John Kerry is a symphony of political stupidity, while each man alone is a mere recital of confusing noise by a beginning key banger on the political piano of life.
Bush and Rove watched the Republican Party have a huge Viking Funeral in 1998 over the Lewinsky Scandal. They are not stupid people.
A couple of things. This story may, repeat, may have its origins in a blonde woman who sought out job assistance from Kerry in 1998. That is all we really know about this. There was something on Limbaugh today about letters Kerry may have sent this woman, but I'm not sure how important even that is. The woman herself is said to be a reporter for the Associated Press.
Bush has probably already sent down firm instructions to all White House personnel not to comment on this story. I strongly suspect he has got on the horn with Republicans on the Hill and told them to stay on the Reservation, as well. He wants nothing to do with this garbage. This is an internal Democratic Party food fight. 'Tis best to leave it that way.
Personally, I don't think that there's much to this, unless John Kerry decided to have the blonde play "ride the pony". Even then, the bar is set real low in the Democratic Party these days. The only way a Democrat can lose during a scandal is if he violates the Cardinal Rule of Southern Politics:
Don't get caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.
It's different for our guys. If Bush played "hide the salami" with an intern, he'd be ridden out of town on a rail. Republicans would not wait until the press came after him. We'd throw Bush over the side so fast it would make your head spin. When you get to a certain level in politics in our party (the Senate, the Cabinet, or one of the two Constitutional Offices), you're expected to keep your Johnson either in your wife or in your pants. Democrats are allowed to violate these rules because, well, because they are Democrats and they do stupid things from time to time. Clinton was a political genius. That didn't keep him from being self-indulgently stupid.
In the long run, it's the issues of war and economy (no Andrew, not Gay Marriage) that will decide this election. In each case, I expect Bush to be in fine shape come November.
And come December, I expect John Kerry to be back in the Senate where he can do no harm.