Thursday, July 08, 2004

Comedy Jam

And They're Off - Day 1 of the Kerry-Edwards campaign

Who says John Kerry isn't funny? Comparing himself to his new running mate yesterday, he had this to say:

"He's a lawyer. I'm a lawyer. His name is John. My name is John. He was named People magazine's sexiest person of the year. I read People magazine."

OK, it's not quite a comic gem. Still, I'm encouraged that Kerry seems more relaxed, more friendly, and more confident with Edwards by his side. Everyone worried that they wouldn't have the right chemistry to run together, but it seems that they made nice over dinner Tuesday night and practically merged their families overnight. The last time a fearsome foursome of Democratic candidates took their kids on the road and worked relentlessly to show America that they were the right team for the job of bringing back prosperity after a failed Bush presidency--well, I think we all know how that turned out. And the Edwards kids are a much more camera-friendly target than Chelsea was in 1992. They may also be the secret to Kerry's newfound jovial behavior; I think they bring out his grandpa tendencies while the team travels and put a smile on his face that all of America will see over the coming months.

Once again, advantage Kerry, unless you consider George Bush convincing Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, to sell out the gay community a similarly heartwarming and photogenic development. Good luck, George, getting better photo ops out of Mary than this shot of Jack Edwards and John Kerry:

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