Sen. Kerry has been trying to make himself a part of the news other than as a failed presidential candidate ever since he became a failed presidential candidate. He has been sending group e-mails almost daily since his defeat, on every imaginable political subject. Hey, if I'm on the distribution list, can you imagine who all gets these gems?
They cry out, "Look at me. I'm still here. I have craved this position since before I made the most profound statement ever uttered by a precocious politician-in-waiting: 'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?' Oh, those were the glory days -- before the Swiftees started stalking me. Oh, and by the way, I'm running again in 2008."
Kerry has stepped up his profile even more in the last few days. Thirty-five years ago from the day he sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee and slandered his fellow Vietnam soldiers with false allegations that they committed atrocities, he gave a speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston. This time the subject was the War in Iraq and patriotic dissent. Kerry just couldn't wait to tell the fawning antiwar, antiBush audience how proud he was to have been a loud, dissenting voice on returning from Vietnam, and he was proud to be one again over Iraq. He also reiterated his patently bogus charge that the Bush administration, by defending itself against the onslaught of lies against it, is trying to stifle dissent.
Kerry also appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," where he made some remarkable statements on the alleged leak of classified information concerning the existence of secret prisons in Europe by CIA official Mary McCarthy. Stephanopoulos asked Kerry his opinion on the CIA's firing of McCarthy for leaking.
The gist of Kerry's response was, "Here's my fundamental view of this, that you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no one fired from the White House for revealing a CIA agent in order to support a lie." Under further questioning Kerry acknowledged, probably grudgingly, that a CIA agent has an "obligation to uphold the law," but reiterated that "if you're leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate … "