April 26, 2004

Free Advice for John Kerry

John Kerry is among the legion of politicians who still don't know the First Rule of Holes: When youíre in one, stop digging. Heís been jumping down into the same deep hole, shovel in hand, for more than three decades.

In 1971 he angrily threw someoneís war medals over the White House gate. Were they his own or someone elseís? Were all the medals from the Vietnam War? Or did he rudely toss World War II medals onto the lawn along with them?

As is typical for John Kerry, on Friday he says he tossed his own medals then denied it on Sunday. (See Kaus for the details.)

Most people donít really care if John Kerry did and said dumb things in Ď71. I certainly donít. I was only one year old at the time. I do expect him to act like an adult and be honest about it, however. He is, after all, auditioning for president of the United States.

I donít care for John Kerry, but Iíll throw him a rope all the same. Here you go, senator. Say this on the TV: ďTodayís more strident anti-war activists remind me of my own immature self back in 1971.Ē It will kill two proverbial birds with a single figurative stone. It will play well among people who matter. And youíll feel a lot better.

This is just some simple free advice for the John Kerry campaign by someone who is not, at this time, a supporter. Youíre welcome.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at April 26, 2004 4:49 PM
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