Safire must be joking, right?
In his commentary on why Bush won the second debate, he offers the following evidence.
When Kerry complained again of “going it alone,” Bush was ready with a powerful counterpunch: “Tell Tony Blair we’re going alone. Tell Silvio Berlusconi we’re going alone. Tell Aleksander Kwasniewski we’re going alone.”
This not only showed that Bush knew these allies personally, but could also pronounce Kwasniewski’s name, which reminded Polish-Americans that Poland’s president had responded angrily to Kerry’s brushoff of his country’s sacrifices in the first debate.
Safire is giving W credit for knowing allies personally and being able to pronounce a name?
It is one of those old truisms. Those who think they’re the smartest always grade the easiest.