Crowley, Michael
December 2003
New Republic;12/22/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 25, p11
The article rates presidential candidate John Kerry for general likeability. Now that he's an underdog, I thought Kerry's plan was to take the gloves off. But, given a prime chance to show some likeable, damn-the-torpedoes improvisation early in this week's Democratic debate, Mr. Real Deal blew it. The moment came after ABC's Ted Koppel asked the candidates to raise their hands if they thought Howard Dean could beat George W. Bush and, comically, only Dean did. Here was a chance for Kerry to rip into Dean as an inexperienced and intemperate sacrificial lamb marching straight toward Karl Rove's meat hook. In all-too-classic form, Kerry turned a lighthearted moment into a sanctimonious one.


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