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Monday, June 21, 2004
You Know Your Nominee is in Trouble When…

By Steven Taylor @ 7:48 pm

More fun from the Sunday shows, in this case, Fox News Sunday and a round-table discussion of Kerry’s VeepQuest:

WILLIAMS: You know, I’m just looking for some excitement. And all you guys are looking for steady, and there’s this belief that somehow Kerry has now mastered the idea that Democrats can protect the homeland, conduct the war on terror.

But I think, you know, it’s like Madonna changes her name to Esther. I think we need somebody who comes out of the dark and reinvents this whole Democratic ticket and gives it some energy and gives it a message, so the Democrats who want to vote for Kerry, not just because dislike Bush but because they want Kerry, have a reason.

WALLACE: Juan, do you really think a vice presidential candidate that can do that?

KRISTOL: Kerry should change his name to Esther.

WILLIAMS: To Esther? You like that?

KRISTOL: I think that’s the way to go, yes.

WILLIAMS: No, I think the vice presidential candidate can’t do everything. I’m not suggesting that. But they can bring some energy to this ticket, which is why John Edwards has reemerged.

For the longest time, people were talking about Wesley Clark. Now there’s this dark-horse effort about Joe Biden. But I think whoever it is has got to bring energy to the ticket. That’s what’s lacking.

This struck me as a remarkable commentary on Kerry’s candidacy. When one thinks that a ticket needs “reinventing"-and the convention hasn’t even taken place yet-that is hardly a stirring endorsement of one’s party’s nominee.

Indeed, the last time I recall partisans citing a need for energy and excitement like this was when Bob Dole was looking for a running mate.

I hate to tell Juan Williams, but it won’t matter who Kerry picks as his running mate-there isn’t going to be more than a brief charge of excitement, and then the voters will return their focus to the non-energetic, boring head of the ticket. That’s the way it works.

(and ya gotta luv the Madonna/Esther ref from Kristol).

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