Kerry Strikes Out

Dana Stevens has a wickedly biting review of John Kerry’s performance on The Daily Show. A sample:

From the moment the senator appeared and sat down on the gray sofa where, just last week, Bill Clinton basked in the audience’s applause like a cat lapping up cream, Kerry’s charisma was less than zero: It was negative. He was a charm vacuum, forced to actually borrow mojo from audience members. He was a dessicated husk, a tin man who really didn’t have a heart. His lack of vibrancy, his utter dearth of sex appeal made Al Gore look like Charo. (I’ve always found Al Gore sort of hot, actually, like a stuffy high school principal just begging to be broken down. But I have some issues with authority.)

Watching Kerry strike out was especially heartbreaking given that Stewart was pitching not just softballs but marshmallows. Puffy interview marshmallows with rainbow sprinkles on them, and Kerry was letting them sail by as if he planned to get to first base on a walk.

While I can’t vouch for Ms. Steven’s attraction to Al Gore, I can vouch for her comments on Kerry. John Stewart is a liberal partisan. He’s occasionally funny, but he had his knee pads and lip balm out for the Kerry interview. This should have been a walk.

But Kerry managed to screw it all up.

If it weren’t for the Bush-hating hysteria that infects American politics, this guy would be DOA.

7 thoughts on “Kerry Strikes Out

  1. There are two legs holding up the Kerry Kampaign: the liberal media and the 527s.

    Without them, Kerry would be nowhere. If we defeat them we defeat Kerry, because Kerry is the most pathetic candidate and person around.

  2. Wow, guys. Sounds like you’re taking this defence a bit too far. John Stewarts obvious bias may be as apparent as David Letterman’s but unlike Dave, he can at least have a polite interview with his opposing side.

    True his bias is shoved into the limelight by sampling such interviews as his John Stossel one, but remember he clearly states that his show is entertainment not news.

    I think we can all benefit from getting news from diverse sources. If you oppose their bias, treat it as a Cold War: Trust but verify.

  3. I wasn’t aware that Jon Stewart, host of an entertainment talk show, counted as the “liberal media.”

    Sure, he’s liberal, but isn’t it fairly specious to attempt to describe him as part of the “media”?

  4. My point was to add to the criticism of Kerry, and to note that what was propping up an otherwise lackluster candidate was the liberal media in general (not Jon Stewart and his comedy show)

    Oh. In a thread about Kerry’s appearance on the Daily Show, though, you could have made that a little clearer.

    Context, it’s called.

  5. Jon Stewart is occasionally funny? Perhaps.. I personally see him as the single most overrated political comedian out there. Probably why is stuck on a rubbish channel like comedy central.

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