Kerry as Clinton

by James S. Robbins

Seems like old times: Watching John Kerry’s Q&A with the press today the impact of the new Clintonista staff was evident. One of Clinton’s favorite tricks was to take things he was accused of and accuse his opponents of them. This is exactly what Kerry was doing. He is not the flipper, Bush is. Kerry only has one Iraq policy, and always has. He has never wavered, but Bush has wavered frequently. Kerry also — as predicted! — is trying to take credit for having suggested the positive things going on in Iraq, even though it took him this long to settle on the one position he claims to have had all along. Look for more of this technique. It can be very effective if left unanswered. Remember when Clinton began talking about “values” and conservatives just rolled their eyes? Don’t underestimate this technique, even Kerry might be able to pull it off.