A Little Example of John Kerry’s Disingenuousness

January 31, 2005

The real problem with John Kerry’s campaign, beyond his formidable opponent, President Bush, is that the people simply didn’t trust him. And for good reason. I might later write a column on Kerry’s contemptible statements about Iraq on “Meet the Press” yesterday, but for now I wanted to share with you a little example of his dishonesty that I happened onto in a Washington Post article this morning. I would bet that very few people would even notice this, but it shouted out to me. What it illustrates is that Kerry sometimes can’t even tell the truth about the little things. First, read the closing paragraph of the article:

He waved off news of a poll conducted by Suffolk University and WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, that found that 59 percent of Massachusetts voters do not want him to run for president again. The polls, he noted, once indicated he had no chance of winning the nomination. “So I think polls are almost irrelevant,” Kerry said, “and I just don’t pay any attention to them.”

Note: Kerry conveniently says he just doesn’t pay any attention to polls and that they are almost irrelevant. But I remember something earlier in the article completely contradicting his statement. The article reports that when discussing with Tim Russert how close he came in the election Kerry said:

“I believe that 9/11 was the central deciding issue in this race,” said Kerry, who noted that when a taped message from Osama bin Laden surfaced days before the Nov. 2 polling, “we flat-lined the day the tape appeared and went down on Monday.”

Just curious: Where did Kerry get his information that he “flat-lined” the day Osama’s tape appeared — and that he went down on Monday?” The only possible source is the polls and Kerry, based on his statement, obviously believes the polls he reviewed those days were accurate, otherwise he wouldn’t be citing them as authoritative today about what happened during the election. I rest my case.