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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.
Monday, January 24, 2005
There is an old Irish song: "Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing...."
The song applies to Senator John Kerry (D-MA), even though he is not Irish (he claims he is, of course, for purposes of running for office in Boston).
Back in Washington, still bitter from his defeat and uncomprehending of the reasons, he is trying to assert his position as shadow president with the aim of assuring himself the Democratic nomination for the 2008 election.
So, he popped up at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the appointment of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state. And he made a fool of himself, showing again why he did not win the election last November.
He said that Dr. Rice was qualified for the position and that President was right to appoint her. But he added that he would vote against her confirmation.
So, there is the Kerry Dance: he is on both sides of the issue. The man who cannot make up his mind, who is ambivalent about everything, indecisively endorsed Dr. Rice even as he voted against her. It was all a reminder of why he lost last Novermber's election.
Could we have tolerated him the White House? Could we tolerate him running again in 2008?
Kerry will keep dancing: that is his character and nature. But he will not dance his way to the presidency.