Originally Posted by Antilles
This is totally off-topic, but I thought this was both funny and insightful. Can't say Kerry doesn't have a strong sense of irony. From slate:
A few years back Kerry went on a Boston station with Eddie Andelman and said "my favorite Red Sox player of all time is The Walking Man, Eddie Yost," who never played for the Red Sox.
Yost was, however, a Red Sox coach for several years...Eddie Yost was a mediocre hitter who became an All-Star by letting the opposing pitcher screw up: he often led the league in walks, was near the top in on-base percentage. Boring, seemingly passive, reliable, effective..
Right. Maybe Kerry's being candid, not phony. What does it say that he admires a player who got on base not by hitting but by walking? Hmmm. So a) Kerry survives in Vietnam in large party by making his boat a small target. b) His standard political technique is to avoid clear, assailable stands. c) His 2004 strategy is remarkably passive, dependent almost entirely on voter satisfaction with the incumbent. Seemingly, he wants to get to the White House Yost-style, by a base on balls!
Maybe the thing about Yost was a joke - ever think of that? I have wondered why Kerry isn't coming out and taking solid stands on the issues too. Maybe, in this age of attack politics, it's better not to give Rove and Hughes a clear target to hit. I don't know. What I'm guessing is that he's holding his cards close to the vest until the election is closer - like September, and the debates. The record shows that he was a solid courtroom prosecutor. He knew how to win cases. And that's the strategy he's used in the past - stay close and finish strong.
Kerry survives in Vietnam in large party by making his boat a small target
This line of BS still cracks me up, every time I hear it from the Right. Yeah, Kerry's service on river patrol boats (by stats, the most dangerous service in Vietnam) was all just a ploy. The VC were shooting rubber bullets and nerf rockets. It was all part of Kerry's grand strategy to sneak his way to a combat record and some medals that he could later use to prop up his political career.
Of course, we should make him President immediately, if that's the case. Just think, the guy knew where every bullet was going to go in advance, and that he would have no trouble living through it. That kind of ESP would serve us well in the war on terror.