The behavior of candidates for political office often reflects what they are seeing in their private polls. That being so, I suspect that the Kerry/Edwards private polls look pretty grim, unlike the public polls which purport to show them running neck-and-neck with the Bush/Cheney ticket.
To put it bluntly, both John Kerry and John Edwards are beginning to look more than a little loony.
Take for example Kerry’s astonishing comparison of terrorists with prostitutes and gamblers. In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Kerry said ”We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance. As a former law-enforcement person, I know we’re never going to end prostitution. We’re never going to end illegal gambling. But we’re going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn’t on the rise. It isn’t threatening people’s lives every day, and fundamentally, it’s something that you continue to fight, but it’s not threatening the fabric of your life.”
A nuisance? The killers of 3,000 innocent people in the World Trade Center can be reduced to the status of “nuisances?” The people who chop off the heads of their kidnap victims as if they were chickens can become mere “nuisances” under his guidance?
There’s something seriously out of kilter in the mind of a U.S. senator who makes such statements, and I think it’s a sign of growing panic – his fear that his campaign is going down the drain.
I can just picture a man driving to work calling his boss on his cell phone and telling him he’s going to be late because a terrorist bomb has just blown up a school bus and killed a lot of kids and it has stacked up the freeway, and that this sort of thing is getting to be a real nuisance.
And Kerry is not alone out there in Cloud Cuckoo Land. His running mate, a man who once stood in front of a jury and channeled the thoughts of a dead baby, telling jurors exactly what she was thinking from her heavenly abode, has now promised that electing John Kerry will somehow usher in a world of miraculous healing.
”If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to get up out of that wheelchair and walk again,” Edwards told listeners in Iowa.
Perhaps he’s looking beyond a possible vice presidency to the day be becomes known as St. John of Lourdes – he who makes the paralyzed walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, and juries travel into the world beyond where they can commune with dead little girls.
It reminds me of the movie “The Sixth Sense” where there is a little boy who sees dead people. St. John of Lourdes not only sees dead people, he tells us what they’re thinking.
Let’s face it, these people aren’t just far-out liberals, they’re just plain nuts.
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