September 1, 2004


Furious Kerry orders shakeup (Kenneth R. Bazinet, Daily News, 9/1/04)

Sen. John Kerry is angry at the way his campaign has botched the attacks from the Swift boat veterans and has ordered a staff shakeup that will put former Clinton aides in top positions.
"The candidate is furious," a longtime senior Kerry adviser told the Daily News. "He knows the campaign was wrong. He wanted to go after the Swift boat attacks, but his top aides said no."
Sources: Democratic leaders urge Kerry campaign changes: Campaign refutes reports of shake-up (CNN, 9/1/04)
There was talk of putting Sosnik on the road with Kerry. Several campaign officials and advisers say they recognize the need to have an "adult" traveling with the candidate -- as one put it, "someone who can tell him to shut up, or change something if and when that is necessary" and quickly deal with other strategic issues from the road.
Somehow, I suspect Kerry will lose this fight, too.

Posted by David Cohen at September 1, 2004 9:59 AM

Wasn't that the problem with Dean's campaign too? Not enough "adults" running things? Yikes, what does that say about a man's leadership qualifications if he needs "grups" to keep him in line?
Being in that campaign must be like that old Star Trek episode where Kirk goes to the planet run by kids. "No lovey-dovey! Bonk! Bonk!"

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 1, 2004 10:09 AM

All right, I'm now much more convinced of the "media will turn on Kerry" thesis.

Posted by: Guy T. at September 1, 2004 10:17 AM


You may be right. If the media see that it has become a lost cause then they may choose to pile on the candidate so that they can then say that the leftist message still resonates and that it was just Kerry's poor execution that caused it to fail.

Posted by: jeff at September 1, 2004 11:00 AM

Plus, they now can see what misery it would be to cover a Kerry administration. They may disagree with the Bush administration but it isn't boring and it isn't disorganized at least as far as the working press is concerned.

Posted by: jeff at September 1, 2004 11:03 AM

The way they've handled this SwiftVets controversy makes me doubt they'll ever turn on Kerry. They seem to live in the same golden bubble that he does. One where they're never wrong and the world would be peaceful and fabulous if everyone would just do what they say.

Posted by: NKR at September 1, 2004 11:06 AM

I don't know how good an indicator it is, but the first spazmotic signs of panic have begun appearing on the Democratic Underground forums. Isolated posts for now, and each inviting a barrage of abuse and demands for silence by it's 'liberal' peers, but they've begun to sniff the wind, and for something to get through the impenitrable barrier of willfull stupidity that the average DU fanatic opperates in, it has to be pretty pointy.

Watching the DU meltdown is the thing I'm most looking forward to after reading Mark Morford's post-election column, these first appitizers have got me salivating.

Posted by: Amos at September 1, 2004 11:12 AM

Coach Mechling.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 1, 2004 12:03 PM

>...the leftist message still resonates and that
>it was just Kerry's poor execution that caused
>it to fail.

Is that anything like "Communism failed only because the wrong people (i.e. not ME!) were in charge?"

Posted by: Ken at September 1, 2004 3:24 PM

Yep. Got to save the myth.

Posted by: Jeff at September 1, 2004 4:26 PM

Does anyone believe that Kerry's right about this: "He knows the campaign was wrong. He wanted to go after the Swift boat attacks, but his top aides said no."

He made the Swift Boat guys. No one was paying attention until he attacked them.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 4:45 PM

"I don't fall the ..."

Posted by: Uncle Bill at September 1, 2004 5:17 PM