Saturday, September 20, 2003

Kerry trying to play Bartlett?

Kerry’s at it again — a second “mistake” on a mic after an interview concluded? This isn’t a great tactic, Senator Kerry. If you’ve got something on your mind, come out and say it.

It made good TV on The West Wing a few years back: remember when President Bartlett claimed he wasn’t aware that the on camera interview he did was “still recording”? It came across well — gave him deniability, could claim it was an off-hand remark (“Governor Ritchie is a .22 caliber mind in a .357 world”) not intended for broader distribution. And still he got the benefit of the airtime broadcasting the remark.

But twice in a week? If Kerry pulls a Naked Gun moment and shows up in a bathroom while still mic’d, I’ll believe it. Otherwise, I’ll remain certain that this is poorly disguised strategy of slamming Dean while not slamming him.

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