Shrum and Mehlman on Meet the Press

Kerry campaign advisor Bob Shrum appeared with BC04 manager Ken Mehlman on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Here's a portion of the rough draft of this afternoon's Rightsided Newsletter, in part recounted some of that discussion:

Shrum called JF Kerry's exploitation of the Vice President's daughter in the last debate: "a positive comment." Turning Lynne Cheney's criticism around, he called the Cheneys' objects a "cheap and tawdry attack" on JF Kerry, who served his country in Vietnam. He laughed that "you guys" had lost the debate and were "looking for something to say." Mehlman retorted that it was wrong to bring up the veep's daughter's private life "for political purposes." He said that "like Dean's scream" -- "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!" – it was a "window into something much larger." The much larger thing, he argued, was that Kerry will do or say anything to be elected President.

A defining moment. That may be the Kerry comment's lasting impact.



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