Dems cross dressing for Kerry
"Just shut up, gays, women, environmentalists. You'll get everything you want after the election. But just for the meantime, shut up so that we can win." — Rep. Peter H. Kostmayer, Pennsylvania Democrat, at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
"I call it the Stepford convention. Everybody is going by the script because they are so afraid that Bush will get in. But behind the scenes, it's like don't worry, wink, wink; we'll take care of you." — Robin Tyler of DontAmend.com, quoted in the July 30 Detroit Free Press.
Call it deja vu all over again, but just as in 1988 when Mr. Kostmayer committed jaw-dropping political candor, the Democratic Party is again seeking desperately to muzzle its dominant extreme left wing, at least through Nov. 2.
It is because of his indefensible, ultraliberal voting record during nearly two decades in the Senate that Mr. Kerry has so desperately sought to make his presidential campaign about his four months in Vietnam 35 years ago, rather than his last 20 years in the Senate. It's not unlike how, when Toto exposed him to be something other than what he claimed to be, the Wizard of Oz thundered: "Ignore that man behind the curtain."
If Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign theme song was Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)," Mr. Kerry's theme now could well be jazz guitarist George Benson's "This Masquerade."