So the liberal argues that “Kerry’s rise combined a certain gutsiness with a knack for publicity.” But how gutsy do you have to be and how much do you have to have a “knack” for publicity when liberal reporters are carrying your coat?
Kerry wasn’t honored for “gutsiness” on contra issues. Time reported last week that he was left off the joint Iran-Contra committee because he was too “radioactive.” Time labored to make sure that doesn’t sound bad (even slavishly suggesting that later he was one of the first sleuths sniffing out terror networks), but it fits the notion that Kerry was too harshly anti-Reagan and anti-contra to be taken seriously. Kerry was fanatically against the democrats who emerged in Nicaragua and El Salvador. He was a classic Chris Dodd-style New England leftist in the 1980s. And he was wrong.