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Saturday, September 20, 2003


he's not a doctor, but he plays one on tv

posted by Trammell at Saturday, September 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
And the mic stays on, and on, and on...
Kerry Says Dean Is 'Imploding'


WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts today sharply criticized one of the other leading Democrats running for president, Howard Dean, asserting that some of his recent pronouncements show that his "bubble's bursting a bit."

Referring to statements by Dr. Dean, the former governor of Vermont, on the Middle East, the Hamas guerrillas and other issues, Mr. Kerry said, "You can't make 15 gaffes a week and be president."

Mr. Kerry's remarks came near the end of an interview on WCBS-TV in New York when the camera had turned away from Mr. Kerry, who was still wearing a microphone.

Mr. Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, seemed mildly amused by the interview. "I guess we're just on his mind a lot," Mr. Trippi said, pointing to another episode, the recent debate in Baltimore, when a microphone picked up Mr. Kerry muttering, "Dean. Dean. Dean. Dean. Dean."
Kerry, heal thyself! Hmm, can you forget that your mic is on twice in a week and still be President? Heck, even Bush learned that lesson the first time -- sheesh. As Jumbo put it on the ZonkBoard: "I think there's a psychological term for Mr. Kerry's affliction--I think it's called 'projection' ..." (Thanks to Joe M for the link!)


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