by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Apr 17, 2004 at 12:45:14 PM EDT
Over at Newsweek (4/12/04), political reporter Howard Fineman had the same advice. In a column based on what anonymous "wise guys" are saying, Fineman says Kerry needs to craft "a coherent, centrist vision." As Fineman puts it, "There's room in the middle, wise guys insist." To Fineman and his unnamed experts, "Kerry can't occupy the center if he's defined as a mere liberal. He has the most liberal voting record in the Senate. What to do?" Fineman has the cure: Kerry should "run ads in battleground states reminding voters that he was a prosecutor and that he voted for welfare reform in 1996, a brave (for Massachusetts) stand that drew picketers to his home."Which reminded me of hearing Kerry's speech a few days earlier, on the 15th, in which he'd mentioned something I'd not heard previously about himself:
...An America that's content to run almost a farm system for prisons in our country. I used to be -- I used to be a prosecutor. And I used to go spend time and talk to kids, 15, 16 and 17 years old who are in trouble...Three days, wow, Kerry's speechwriters have their ear to the ground (but I guess they wanted to try it out in Howard U., before hitting the battleground states with the message) for Fineman.
The best part of Kerry's Howard University speech speaks for itself:
Remember that song, "The Great Pretender?" I don't know how many of you have ever heard it? Nobody ever heard it. It's before your time. Somebody's going to play it again one day. Go to the "oldies- but-goodies" station and you'll hear it.