2004/08/27

John Kerry tanks on The Daily Show.

A few excerpts from a review by Dana Stevens, a Kerry fan, of his appearance on The Daily
Show:
If He Only Had a Heart - John Kerry tanks on The Daily Show

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From the moment the senator appeared and sat down on the gray sofa where, just last week, Bill Clinton basked in the audience's applause like a cat lapping up cream, Kerry's charisma was less than zero: It was negative. He was a charm vacuum, forced to actually borrow mojo from audience members. He was a dessicated [sic] husk, a tin man who really didn't have a heart. ...

Watching Kerry strike out was especially heartbreaking given that Stewart was pitching not just softballs but marshmallows. Puffy interview marshmallows with rainbow sprinkles on them, and Kerry was letting them sail by as if he planned to get to first base on a walk. That may be how he hopes to win the presidency as well, but before he gets there, he'll have to jump through hoops a lot tougher than this exchange: ...


3 Comments:

At 9:43 AM, Blogger willowfae said...

I read that yesterday too and then went home and yelled at TIVO for not recording it for me. Bush isn't that great at impromptu humor either; that's when his tongue tends to start coming up with idiotic runons. Luckily, whoever wins will get a speech writer as part of the job. :)

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

Reading from a teleprompter is not all that easy. Reading one thing and saying another is.

I would rather have someone speaking the truth, speaking toward the issues and being a normal, functioning human being; than have an elitist plutocrat wax "common man" and try to scatter bovine excrement across the landscape.

Give me a man that can stumble in speech, pick himself up by his words and laugh at himself. George W. Bush can.

John Forbes Kerry seems to stumble on words and their meaning, need other people to pick up his text as it "lays" broken on the podium and need others to laugh at him. As a speaker; he can't.

Without surrogates, Johnny Four Months would "fall flat!"

Not so good...

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Bill Faith said...

willowfae: The problem is, even when Kerry reads from a prepared speech you still can't believe what he says. I'm not sure whether his speech writers are deliberately dishonest or just stupid; I think there has to be some of both involved. I do have to give him credit for nerve, anyway. After the cool reception he got from the VFW -- "He's not used to not getting a warm reception," says the advance staffer. "He can handle the Bush hooligans we get, but when he's told he'll be greeted well, he expects that to be the case." -- he's still planning to speak to the American Legion next week. We'll see if his speech writers have learned anything or if he tries to pull that "vote for me because I'm a Vietnam hero" crap with them too. Maybe if he wins he'll wise up and insist that before anyone hands him a speech to read they have to read the ones he's already given, but I'm not sure he's even smart enough to be embarrassed, or even realize what he's doing, when he says one thing one day and the opposite two days later because the two speeches were written by different people.

I know I'll never be able to talk you into voting for Bush, but maybe if I keep putting the facts about Kerry where they're easy to find I can make you understand what an insult it would be to guys like Sergeant America and me to vote for him. I hope you've found time to go by Sergeant Americas Johnny_Four_Months site; he posts some great stuff I miss now and then.

 

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