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.