Taylor Marsh, writing from the Take Back America conference last night called John Kerry’s speech at TBA an open challenge to Hillary Clinton, on her “stay the course ” stance on Iraq. Taylor said:
It was nothing less than a broadside. Well, actually, there were multiple plays: Kerry vs. Clinton; followed by House Republicans against their Democratic counterparts. It’s the intramural Iraq war death match, Act I.
Kerry delivered a shot across the presidential bow of presumptive candidate Hillary Clinton that made her look weak, feckless and fraught with political cowardice. That the audience delivered a crushing boo to Senator Clinton made Kerry’s challenge even more dramatic. I’m sure some missed it, but it was unmistakable what the man was doing. One can only imagine Hillary’s surprise, because she was long gone by the time Kerry went to work.
To say John Kerry was on fire today at the Take Back America conference is an understatement. He was relaxed, confident and his message was clearly defined, without hesitation or reservation. He made it absolutely clear that he didn’t intend to take any crap from Hillary Clinton, or anyone else for that matter.
Kerry delivered a tour de force, complete with audience interchange, physical confidence that had him putting his hands casually in his pocket when delivering slight of hand phrases, but always ready to come back to center to deliver a line, which if he’d had cocked and ready in 2004, would have made him president of the United States, no doubt.
Taylor has a lot more to say, I recommend reading her entire post. She closes with this thought…
As for Kerry, it’s clear that John Kerry is staking his claim on 2008. He wants everyone to know he’s coming. Will it be enough to win people back to his side? Who knows, but it will be great to watch. It will also separate the pandering war hawks from the serious foreign policy adults. Get the message?
Kudo’s to Taylor Marsh for her outstanding coverage of the Take Back America conference — particularly John Kerry’s speech and the buzz it made in the MSM.