When beauticians are making fun of you, you know you’re presidential bid is in trouble. So when the New York Sun started asking about John Kerry’s sudden sun tan, they got this:
“John Kerry’s tan is temporary – just like people say his opinions are,” said Cynthia House, CEO of Enhance Me, a brand of spray-on tanning products. “I don’t know what they tanned him with, but it’s an artificial tan. They went a little overboard.”
This is John Kerry’s problem in a nutshell: He IS the guy who flip-flops. In the ongoing American political theater, that is his character, it’s who he is. So when he shows up with a faintly orange tint, the immediate, non-partisan, pre-spin reaction from normal people is “John Kerry—even his tan is fake!”
Kerry doesn’t just need to win Thursday’s debate, he needs to re-cast himself. I don’t see how he does that.