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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Kerry Versus Kerry

Both the Lieberman and Lamont campaigns wheeled out their support from Senators whose last name is pronounced Kerry. Lamont had DYKWIA by his side, while Lieberman relied on Bob Kerrey, a former senator from Nebraska (and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient).

Like Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Kerrey supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein early on and said that the region was safer without him in power. But he added: “Do I think invading Iraq helped the war on terror? No, I do not. I think it reduced the threat in the region, which was serious.”

Certainly arguable, but get this from the Boston Fog Machine:

“I don’t think a lot of the countries around there get serious about what you have to do to really quell the violence and resolve the issues until you’ve made it clear you’re not going to be there forever,” Mr. Kerry said. “There is nothing compelling them to say: ‘Wow, this is our mess now. We’ve got a stake in it.’ It’s just logic, it’s common sense.”

Of course, Kerry's plan has been voted on several times and failed each.

David Broder reports on the debate Monday between the Senate hopefuls:

When a raucous bunch of zealots in the theater audience interrupted Lieberman's closing statement, and the feeble shushing of the senator and moderator George Stephanopoulos failed to silence them, it was Schlesinger who stepped to the edge of the stage and, with his size and commanding voice, ordered them to pipe down -- receiving thanks from Lieberman for his intervention.

I seem to recall reading a few days ago that the zealots in question were not Jane Hamsher and company, but a bunch of LaRouche nutbars.

Broder notes as well that the only person who seemed relaxed was Republican Schlesinger. Of course, he's got nothing to lose. But Broder does get in one good crack about Neddy:

Lamont himself is not a strong figure or a compelling politician; he looks like a juvenile in a drawing room comedy, and he is competitive mainly because he has sunk much of his fortune into this race.
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