John Kerry meets a new friend every day when he wakes up. His friend’s name is John Kerry. He either needs medication or he needs to remember that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. With a hat tip to Mickey Kaus, read this:
”I’m pretty tough on Castro, because I think he’s running one of the last vestiges of a Stalinist secret police government in the world,” Kerry told WPLG-ABC 10 reporter Michael Putney in an interview to be aired at 11:30 this morning.
Then, reaching back eight years to one of the more significant efforts to toughen sanctions on the communist island, Kerry volunteered: “And I voted for the Helms-Burton legislation to be tough on companies that deal with him.”
It seemed the correct answer in a year in which Democratic strategists think they can make a play for at least a portion of the important Cuban-American vote — as they did in 1996 when more than three in 10 backed President Clinton’s reelection after he signed the sanctions measure written by Sen. Jesse Helms and Rep. Dan Burton.
There is only one problem: Kerry voted against it.
Then there is this bit:
But there are also constant reminders that Kerry struggles with the complexities of Cuba. Asked in the Herald interview last year about sending Elián back to Cuba, Kerry was blunt: “I didn’t agree with that.”
But when he was asked to elaborate, Kerry acknowledged that he agreed the boy should have been with his father.
So what didn’t he agree with?
”I didn’t like the way they did it. I thought the process was butchered,” he said.
The man is at odds with himself. As Mark Kilmer would say, “tick…tick…tick….”