Emmett Tyrrell

 Aloft in his egotistic fantasy, Kerry did not believe in anything real, not the war in Iraq or even the contrariness and corruption of the United Nation. This explains why Kerry made more fantastical statements about his opponent, his own policies and his own resume than any presidential candidate I can recall, including Bill Clinton. At some point, I think the American people caught on. They recognized this man as a fraud.

 The president, on the other hand, is obviously genuine. He is committed to waging war against our enemies. He has given the United Nations a chance to cooperate, but he is not going to tie us to its endless dithering. When the Massachusetts Braggart rumbled that President Bush "deceived us" on going to war with Iraq, the charge did not stick. The electorate realized that the evidence did not support the charge. The world is better off with Saddam in a cell. Our enemies in the Middle East and elsewhere now know that to strike a blow against America is to hazard destruction.

 For me, most of Jean-Francois Kerry's extravagances were amusing, but there was one that was shameful and unforgivable. He took a war that had national support and politicized it. He made it difficult for Democrats to support the war. Worse still, in rendering the war controversial. he gave aid and comfort to our enemies.

 This is not the first time he gave aid and comfort to our enemies. The Swift Boat Veterans made it clear Kerry did the same thing 35 years ago. That Kerry tried to focus our attention on his performance all those years ago is but more evidence that he lives in a fantasy, and, by the way, has manifestly bad judgment.

 Now that he has been defeated, the liberals are going to try to figure it all out. Some will say that obviously they have to reach out to other geographical regions in the country. Maybe they will even catch on that what the rest of the country considers moral issues are genuine.

 But there is another matter they might investigate. Why is it that so few of their presidential candidates are normal? Why are so many fantasists with egregious lapses in their resumes? In 1992, they nominated a draft dodger. In 2004, their so-called war hero was actually a war resister. In the last days of the campaign, researchers dredged up the evidence that this war hero did not even get an honorable discharge from the service. Democrats had better look harder for heroes.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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