Politics & Policy

“Long View”

The summer exit interview.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appears in the May 17, 2004, issue of National Review.

From Larry King Live, July 27, 2004

LARRY KING: “Senator, do you think the whole primary process is verklempt?”

JOHN KERRY: “Beg pardon?”

LARRY KING: “Verstonken. Broken. Not working. I thought you had a Jewish grandmother?”

JOHN KERRY: “I never said that I did. Or didn’t.”

LARRY KING: “But the primary process. How quickly it was all wrapped up. Do you think that might have led to the trouble the party’s in right now?”

JOHN KERRY: “Larry, I think it’s important to understand, right from the start, that the process of choosing a nominee is not one that I, certainly, have been involved with, and so consequently it’s not one that I really . . .”

LARRY KING: “Tomorrow, the whole hour with Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston! Those two are incorrigible! I saw them last week at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills. Laughed so hard . . .”

JOHN KERRY: “I imagine it was a fun event.”

LARRY KING: “You got that right. From Cedar Rapids! You’re on with Sen. John Kerry! Hello!”

CALLER: “Am I on?”

LARRY KING: “You’re on, caller, what’s your question?”

CALLER: “Um . . . I was wondering if Senator Kerry has made up his mind about what he’s going to do next?”

LARRY KING: “Yeah. Senator, next move? Is public life out of the question for you now?”

JOHN KERRY: “Well, I don’t think . . .”

LARRY KING: “It’s gotta sting. Gotta kill you somewhere inside. Getting dumped at the convention.”

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