Tony Blankley

Down the road a piece from that stand was a restaurant named The Swamp Fox -- which I believe invokes the fond memory of Confederate guerrillas sneaking up on Yankee encampments to deliver justice to the blue bellies from Maine, Michigan and Massachusetts. If ever there was a figure from Massachusetts, it is John F. Kerry. The senator is a man who doesn't look all that comfortable dining at The Four Seasons in Georgetown. The thought of this quintessential moralizing, haughty, Boston Brahman campaigning over drawn pork down at The Swamp Fox could persuade even a cheapskate to pay the price of admission. And what on Earth would he say to the South Carolina voters?

Perhaps he would repeat a line he used on "Meet the Press" last Sunday regarding Iraqi policy: "I think this administration has made an extraordinary, disastrous decision not to bring the United Nations in a significant way. I have said repeatedly that we must go to the United Nations, we must internationalize this effort ... (and if France, Germany and Russia want us to share command with the U.N) We should share." South Carolinians only begrudgingly recognized the command authority of the U.S. Army. Somehow I don't think calling, yet again, for the grand old dream of liberal internationalism is going to be a winner in South Carolina -- even among its Democratic voters. Or perhaps he could repeat his support of Bill Clinton's affirmative action policy or his equivocation on Bush's tax cuts? South Carolina is not going to be John Kerry's firewall -- but a firestorm. A strategy for a New England liberal to lose in New Hampshire and win in South Carolina is not a strategy at all. It is a delusion. Politically speaking, Sen. Kerry is campaigning while dead. Johnny boy, we hardly knew ya.

Tony Blankley

Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, died Sunday January 8, 2012. He was 63.

Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.

In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.

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