It will be interesting to see how much liberal red meat -- excuse the oxymoron -- John Kerry has the guts to throw at his Michael Moore-esque base at the Democratic National Convention this week. Will he dare, or will he continue to pretend he's a moderate?
If John Kerry's a moderate, I'm a Leon Trotsky disciple. Yet it's no secret that Kerry has been avoiding the "liberal" tag like Howard Hughes avoided germs or like liberals avoid traditional values.
Kerry was obviously displeased with the reputedly nonpartisan National Journal designating him as the most liberal senator of 2003. They had some nerve telling the truth without checking with him first.
Kerry's mouthpieces have attempted to discredit the National Journal's rating system. Why, it must be unfair, since it's based on an objective standard: the senators' actual votes.
Kerry, apparently aware that the media rarely hold libs accountable for inconsistent statements they made as recently as the day before, has also begun to masquerade, at times, like a quasi-conservative.
He has started talking about "values" and has challenged President Bush's bona fides as a conservative, pointing to the federal deficit that has grown under his watch. And, despite his equivocation about Iraq, he has recently vowed to approach it more aggressively than has President Bush.
The Democratic Leadership Council's (DLC) -- the organization instrumental in dressing up Bill Clinton as a centrist -- is assisting in Kerry's charade. It issued a frantic e-mail last week saying that attempts to label Kerry a liberal are "bogus" and calling the National Journal's rating a "bad joke."
"Kerry," said the DLC, "is no Michael Dukakis, and his lifelong record of service to America in war and peace has been difficult for Republicans to fit into the old stereotype of Democrats as weak on national security and values."
Methinks they protesteth a bit too much. Given Kerry's long record of conspicuous and unwavering liberalism, the only thing the DLC's e-mail shows is that the DLC is not as centrist as it pretends to be. Rather than being a force for moderation in the far-left Democratic Party, the DLC is a thinly disguised marketing vehicle trying to package unelectable liberal Democrats as palatable moderates.