Sunday, August 08, 2004

New York Daily News : Kerry has Moore problems

by Michael Goodwin

John Kerry is sounding like a Michael Moore wanna-be. In speeches on two topics Thursday, Kerry blasted President Bush in ways that mimic the Bush-bashing themes of Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The similarities could be just a coincidence. Or it could be that someone in the Kerry camp saw the movie and came away with some hot new ideas. Or it could be that the people Kerry has called his "overzealous speechwriters" have seized control of his mouth again, just as they did by forcing him to rail against "Benedict Arnold corporations" after he wanted to stop.

Could be all or none of the above. Doesn't matter.

What does matter is that Kerry is again playing footsie with the wackadoo wing of the Democratic Party - and reinforcing the suspicion that at heart he's one of them.

And if Kerry's comfortable with Moore, Howard Dean and Whoopi Goldberg, then he's not who he claims to be, which is a centrist protector of the middle class and a commander-in-chief ready to lead the world in the fight against terror.

Kerry can't have it both ways, if only because Moore and his crowd believe that America, not terrorism, is the world's biggest problem.

The Democrat's first lapse into a Moore-ism Thursday came at a minority journalists' convention in Washington. Asked what he would have done on 9/11 had he been President, Kerry said he would not have stayed in a Florida classroom reading to children, as Bush did for seven minutes.

The scene has a starring role in "Fahrenheit 9/11," complete with Moore's sophomoric narration that puts thoughts into Bush's head.

Where did Kerry get the idea for his answer if not from the movie? He says he hasn't seen it, but only Moore has focused on the President's immediate reaction to news of the attacks.

Kerry's second Moore-ism came in St. Louis, where he touted his plan for energy independence: "I want America's security to depend on American ingenuity and creativity, not the Saudi royal family."

The Saudi crack, which Kerry first used in his Boston convention speech, also picks up one of the key themes of Moore's film, which is that Bush cares more for his family's Saudi connections than he does for American lives and interests.

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