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RINGLEADER
09-13-2004, 08:13 PM
WITH MORALE AT WHAT some Kerry campaign insiders consider an all-time low, Sen. John Kerry, who unlike Tom Harkin did serve in Vietnam, did what any true leader does. He sets up a conference call. During the Labor Day weekend, during meetings with senior staff, campaign director Mary Beth Cahill suggested to the candidate that he try to buck up the troops, since the media onslaught against him, as well as the dipping poll numbers, were affecting staff in Washington and in satellite offices around the country. Kerry acknowledged their concerns by gathering the Washington staff into the central office space in their McPherson Square suites and speaking to them via speaker phone. Kerry told them that things were going well on the road. The crowds were enthusiastic, and he could feel the campaign was moving in the right direction with the new senior staff additions.

"He actually said that he felt the campaign had turned the corner," says a Washington-based staffer. "Some of us couldn't help but laugh given that he's made fun of Bush for saying the same thing. You hear stuff like that and you just feel sick. You look over at people like [Joe] Lockhart and Cahill and they seem to understand it too."

Kerry further undercut his own efforts, when he hung up his side of the call before any questions could be asked by staff members.

"[Kerry] doesn't seem to want to acknowledge that he has problems," says the staffer. "I'm low level, but there are a few people here who have stopped coming in to work or to volunteer. We've got some issues, and the guy who should be trying to help fix it doesn't seem to care."

Cahill seems to understand this. On Thursday, since the candidate wouldn't face his own staff, Cahill pulled out the big guns. She invited her old boss, Sen. Ted Kennedy down to the Washington offices to further raise the morale of Kerry's staff.

Kennedy actually said little about Kerry, beyond the fact that he was a fighter who would continue fighting. After mentioning Kerry, Kennedy then went on a 10-minute diatribe about President Bush. "His face was turning red, he was really getting into it," says the Kerry staffer. "Then the next day we saw him make the same speech on the floor of the Senate. Guess we were the dress rehearsal."


THERE ARE OTHER PROBLEMS with the Kerry campaign. According to several Kerry and DNC sources, Kerry advisers have been furiously holding focus group meetings in an attempt to find some issue of national concern that might cut their way in the coming weeks. But nothing they've looked at seems to be working. Of course, even if they were to find something there is no guarantee their man would run with it.

For example, some media types thought having his old pal John Sasso along on the road would help focus Kerry a bit more on his stump speeches. Judging by Kerry's performance last Thursday in North Carolina, they're not sure anymore. While talking about the economy, health-care policy, Kerry went off speech and began stumbling immediately. Kerry said that he would always tell the public the truth, and if the audience didn't believe him, they could "[g]o to a web site. It can be johnkerry.com or go some other place. Go to truth.com, if there is one, and find out what's really happening," Kerry said.

Truth.com won't set you free, but at least you'll be able to see a bit more clearly. Truth.com is operated by Truth Hardware, makers of a complete line of locks, window hinges and remote-controlled power window systems.

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=7099

Cochise
09-13-2004, 08:27 PM
ROFL

Why won't the guy listen to anyone? He comes off as the biggest egomaniac in human history.

Donger
09-13-2004, 10:06 PM
"Don't you know who I am??"

The DNC screwed themselves when they nominated him. He is unelectable on the national stage.

Hel'n
09-14-2004, 12:44 AM
Unfortunately, it's Kerry's lack of decisiveness that is hurting him more than anything else... and the only way he can turn that around is to be decisive during the debates... otherwise, he's toast...

Lots of folks don't like W, but their concern is that Kerry will not be decisive on national security issues...

I just wish he would make a stand... win, lose or draw...

2bikemike
09-14-2004, 01:38 AM
Unfortunately, it's Kerry's lack of decisiveness that is hurting him more than anything else... and the only way he can turn that around is to be decisive during the debates... otherwise, he's toast...

Lots of folks don't like W, but their concern is that Kerry will not be decisive on national security issues...

I just wish he would make a stand... win, lose or draw...

You mean kind of like W?

Braincase
09-14-2004, 05:38 AM
I rich Ivy Leaguer in denial about his popularity? Say it ain't so!

Baby Lee
09-14-2004, 06:04 AM
Lots of folks don't like W, but their concern is that Kerry will not be decisive on national security issues...
Just think Hel'n, if you'd come to this realization back in the spring, you could've been a 'blind wingtard' or 'ignorant sheep' too.