September 26, 2004


Kerry as the Boss: Always More Questions (ADAM NAGOURNEY and JODI WILGOREN, 9/26/04, NY Times)

For 15 minutes in Milwaukee the other day, Senator John Kerry pummeled his staff with questions about an attack on President Bush, planned for later that morning, that accused the White House of hiding a huge Medicare premium increase.

Talking into a speakerphone in his hotel suite, sitting at a table scattered with the morning newspapers, Mr. Kerry instructed aides in Washington to track down the information he said he needed before he could appear on camera. What could have slowed down the premium increase? How much of it was caused by the addition of a prescription drug benefit? What would the increase cost the average Medicare recipient?

Mr. Kerry got the answers after aides said they spent the morning on the telephone and the Internet, but few of those facts found their way into his blistering attack.

The morning Medicare call was typical of the way Mr. Kerry, a four-term senator with comparatively little management experience, has run his campaign. And, his associates say, it offered a glimpse of an executive style he would almost surely bring to the White House.

Mr. Kerry is a meticulous, deliberative decision maker, always demanding more information, calling around for advice, reading another document - acting, in short, as if he were still the Massachusetts prosecutor boning up for a case.

How can a guy who's not competent to run an even mildly effective campaign hope to convince people he's competent to run their country? Who would let the guy run anything? Has anyone ever?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2004 12:00 AM

What kind of meticulous deliberation went into the decision to call Allawi a liar and puppet?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 26, 2004 1:30 AM

Even Jimmy Carter ran a state and a peanut farm, and look how badly his term turned out. At this point, Kerry has virtually every Democrat with national campaign experience working for him, not to mention hundreds of economists, lawyers, academics and most of the media. All that talent at his beck and call, and the guy can't emit a single coherent campaign message that doesn't change from week to week.

Posted by: Dave Sheridan at September 26, 2004 3:28 AM

Doesn't Theresa let him schedule the pool cleaning?

Posted by: jsmith at September 26, 2004 9:46 AM

The incident recounted reminds me of a college student cramming for an exam, and then blowing the test.

Posted by: jd watson at September 26, 2004 12:33 PM

People keep moving Kerry's damn cheese, and he's not able to cope with that.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at September 26, 2004 6:02 PM

Kerry never had to campaign for the Senate in
Mass. Nobody even knew what he looked like. They
just saw the lawn signs every 2 years and the
pseudo-Irish name and you know the rest.

Posted by: J.H. at September 27, 2004 9:52 AM