Friday, March 18, 2005
And so it begins . . .
the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, that is.
It started when Clinton aide Ann Lewis was quoted as saying Kerry ran an inconsistent campaign whose message changed every two or three weeks. In other words, Ann had the temerity to speak the truth.
Kerry supporters didn't like that -- but their reaction shows that he has already lost this battle some 48 months before the actual primary election.
"It doesn't sound like the Ann Lewis I worked with at the Kerry campaign in 2004,'' said Jenny Backus, a Kerry political aide, after reading the Forward story.
"Kerry and Clinton are very close,'' Backus added. "They're working together on lots of good bills. He's doing a big fund-raiser for her (Senate campaign) in Boston. He headlined a big fund-raiser for her in (Washington) D.C.''
Uh-huh. Kerry's tactic should have been to backslap Hillary, perhaps to criticize her recent trend towards being a political moderate and pointing out that she has distanced herself from the activist base.
Instead, he is trying to show how close the two of them are. That's a sure-fire way to lose.
Voters won't cast a ballot for you because you are good friends or because you worked with a rival. They vote for leaders -- and Kerry just abdicated being a leader in favor of being a sycophant.