Mario – Both barrels? I’m sorry, but I think that’s politically ill-advised, if by both barrels you mean making Kerry’s comments a central part of the national GOP effort in these remaining days. Kerry’s apology on a personal and intellectual level may be lame, but as a political matter it will look desperate now that he’s said he’s sorry and slunk away. GOP candidates in districts where bringing up Kerry’s comments will help them should by all means do so. And if the GOP can do a mailing to its base with a Kerry message that might help. But keeping it a national issue would backfire.
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"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done." -- Winston Churchill, 1946 London During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, "These Americans ... Read More