Senator Kerry: "It depends on what the definition of the word 'medal' is."

Back in 1999 the New York Times reported that Al Gore actually paid a woman over $100,000 to help teach him how to be an Alpha Male.

Vice-President Al Gore has been paying Naomi Wolf, the feminist author, thousands of dollars a month to help him figure out how to become the top dog. Ms. Wolf has been telling Mr. Gore that he is a beta male, a subordinate figure, and must learn to become an alpha male, or leader of the pack, before the public can accept him as President…
The New York Times, Nov. 1, 1999

I remember hearing this quote four years ago. My exact thoughts were, "Any man who needs to hire a woman to teach him how to be an Alpha Male, 'aint one'".

But what about Senator Kerry? How comfortable is Senator Kerry with who he is? We are all pretty well aware of the National Journal naming Kerry as the most liberal member of the Senate, and his response to a journalist asking him if he is liberal.

Walter Cronkite sums it up well when he says:

When the National Journal said your Senate record makes you one of the most liberal members of the Senate, you called that "a laughable characterization" and "the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in my life." Wow! Liberals, who make up a substantial portion of the Democratic Party and a significant portion of the independent vote, are entitled to ask, "What gives?"

So then this article shows up in the Washington Post that basically says Kerry is going to try to crossdress as a centralist. So we have the most liberal man in the Senate "coming out" of the closet as a centrist.

As he prepares for the most ambitious and defining phase of his presidential candidacy, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) is relying on image-makers schooled in traditional Kennedy liberalism to sell himself anew to voters as a 21st-century centrist Democrat, a muscular hawk on national defense and deficits

Last week we have Kerry not sure if he owns an SUV. (It takes doing a calculus equation to answer that one), "no I don't, but my wife does!!" (I like a strong leader in a time of war).

Now we have a young John Kerry on tape saying he threw his medals away, and we have him recently saying he did not.

What Al Gore and John Kerry seem to have in common is having to reinvent themselves in order to try to get elected. It is the belief that if the voters know who they really are, it would hurt their chances in the fall. This political "crossdressing" is really hurting the Democratic party, and helping the Republicans.

I agree with John Broder of the Washington Post. (nice to know he has joined the Republican attack machine),

As Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish, Brian Mooney and Nina Easton write in their newly published biography of the senator, despite instances where Kerry showed himself "a lawmaker willing to stand up to prevailing political winds . . . he is trailed by a reputation for political opportunism. . . . Unlike many who are driven to succeed in public life by a core belief system, the arc of Kerry's political career is defined by a restless search for the issues, individuals and causes to fulfill a nearly lifelong ambition" for the White House. The election is still six months away. But Kerry's reputation has been built over 40 years. And the voters seem to be sniffing it out.
Posted by Craig Holmes at April 26, 2004 12:22 AM