The Nation on 'The New Kerry'
Ari Berman has written an excellent piece for The Nation called 'The New Kerry,' in which he explores changes that have taken place in the Massachusetts Senator since the 2004 presidential campaign. It's a great read focusing on a crisper, more-forceful Kerry, who appears to be through giving the Bush administration a free pass on anything.
"Pollster Frank Luntz recently showed a focus group of Democratic primary voters in Iowa and New Hampshire footage of Kerry over the past few months. 'Where the hell was this John Kerry?' Luntz says the voters asked him. 'Why didn't he have this passion, this specificity, when we needed him to?' If Kerry had run in 2004 using his 2006 language, Luntz argues, he might be President now.
"Kerry has internalized much of this criticism. 'You get kicked on your ass, you get knocked flat, you dust yourself off and say, OK, What did I learn from that?' Kerry tells me. 'I think I learned a lot.' His endless modifiers have been replaced by short, punchy phrases: 'Tell the truth, fire the incompetents, get out of Iraq, have healthcare for all Americans.' He shocked Chris Matthews in a recent interview by answering some questions with just a yes or a no. His new mantra, says Kerry, is 'clarity and brevity.'"Please go read the rest of Berman's article at The Nation.
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