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Kerry and McCain

Interesting theory, Rich. I don’t quite understand what McCain’s comments meant. He said that Kerry was not weak on defense, but that of course he would have to defend his record in the campaign. Now that could mean at least two things: 1) Kerry’s got a voting record, although but I predict he will have to deal with more political attacks because that’s the way campaigns are. Or 2) Kerry’s a very tough guy, very pro-defense in some sense, but I’m not trying to defend his actual voting record. If it’s the latter, which is what seems the most natural interpretation, it doesn’t really mean much, does it? That’s of course how the Bush campaign has chosen to interpret it. Oh I should also remember another alternative: 3) I’d like to screw around with the Bush campaign without really compromising my own hawkish foreign-policy views.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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