. . . Monday March 15, 2004

Not Naming Names

On Sunday, Colin Powell got after John Kerry about his claim that several foreign leaders we’re hoping he’d unseat Bush in November: “I don’t know what foreign leaders Senator Kerry is talking about. It’s an easy charge, an easy assertion to make. But if he feels it is that important an assertion to make, he ought to list some names.”

Kerry has answered related questions by saying such things as: “I’m not going to betray a private conversation with anybody. I have heard from people, foreign leaders elsewhere in the world who don’t appreciate the Bush administration and would love to see a change in the leadership of the United States … I’m talking about people who were our friends nine months ago. I’m talking about people who ought to be on our side in Iraq and aren’t because this administration has pushed them away.”

Is it time for John Kerry to push away from this line of debate? Certainly it’s fair – and important – to allude to the fact that we may need to repair relationships with certain countries. But making these comments about foreign leaders is bad form (and terrible politics anyway). Let’s stick to people who have the legal right to vote in this country.

Concentration is important!