The Corner

Is It Me?

Or were Kerry’s answers remarkably lame in his Katie Couric interview this morning?

An example:

Couric: The Bush campaign is planning to spend the final days of this election saying, “you are weak on terrorism.” Dick Cheney has talked about the fact that you voted against the first Gulf War [and] Saddam Hussein would still be in power, he Soviet Union would still exist if it (laughter) were up to you. You voted against intelligence funding after the first world trade center attack in ‘93. You don’t have the record to be a Commander-in-Chief and this weakness invites more terrorism.

Sen. Kerry: Now let me just look you and America in the eye and tell you this. Unlike Dick Cheney and George Bush, I put my life on my line for my country when it counted. I fought for this nation and I defended it as a young man and I will defend America as President of the United States. I have supported the biggest military budgets in American history. I’ve supported the biggest intelligence budgets in American history. I’m not going to take a second seat to anybody about the passion that I bring to defending America.

I know politicians often don’t answer questions, but Kerry should have some practice at this by now. He should be able to defend his record (well, of course, he can’t…) and not resort to this schoolyard nonsense: “Unlike Dick Cheney and George Bush, I put my life on my line for my country when it counted.”