Joel Mowbray

That normal kid, we soon learned, grew up to become a ?young prosecutor? who ?made prosecuting violence against women a priority.?  And as a Senator, he ?fought to put 100,000 police officers on the streets of America.?

And lest we forget he served in Vietnam.  Then again, how could we with well over a dozen references to it?

Toward the end of his marathon speech, Kerry mixed Clinton-style biographies of suffering Americans with an insufferable laundry list of specific policy priorities.

Recalling McGovern and LBJ, rather than Clinton or JFK, Kerry?s policy agenda consisted of making America ?respected in the world,? curtailing free trade, nationalizing health care, raising taxes, building fewer prisons, spending more on Head Start, and two separate calls for shelling out more for after-school programs.

Somehow absent was any reference to the liberation of Iraqis or Afghans, the prospect of freedom in the Arab world, or even a coherent vision for executing the war on terror.

It was all too much to bear.  I?m not speaking of ordinary people or curious voters.  I?m talking about Democrats at the Fleet Center who were kept out of the auditorium for crowd control reasons.

Sitting in radio row during Kerry?s speech?I was doing running commentary on WABC during the long applauses, which got fewer and fewer as the speech wore on?I witnessed a group crowded around a television about thirty feet away.

At the speech?s start, the group of 20 or so party activists were hooping and hollering.  They were ecstatic.  Thirty minutes in, at least one-third of them had wandered off and the excitement level had waned to the occasional smattering of applause.  Moments before the pundits were instantly hailing Kerry?s supposedly brilliant speech, more than half of the hard-core Democrats had vanished.

That Kerry thinks he can keep a non-captive audience at attention for 55 dreary minutes is indicative of his incredible self-worth and provides more than a glimpse of his immense unlikeability.

One wonders if his dreadful post-convention poll numbers will be enough to pierce Kerry?s arrogance.  If the numbers alone don?t, maybe he should consider this: the last Democrat to get no ?bounce? from a convention was George McGovern in 1972.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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