Let’s face it, the John Kerry who lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2004 won’t be remembered for his quick wit or cutting quips.
The John Kerry who spoke tonight at the Democratic National Convention seemed like a different fellow, letting loose with a number of memorable lines.
Kerry, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focused on questioning the credentials Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney brings to the table on this front. To that end, he took note of Romney’s gaffe-filled foray to Europe and Israel earlier this summer.
“For Mitt Romney, an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas,” Kerry said.
Digging the knife in deeper, the senator added that for Romney, “it wasn’t a goodwill mission — it was a blooper reel.”
Kerry even worked Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee that Democrats love to make fun of, into his remarks.
He set it up by terming “preposterous” Romney’s assessment that Russia stands as the “No. 1 geopolitical foe” for the U.S.
“Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV,” Kerry said.
Some of his longtime supporters might be asking where this type of gusto was eight years ago.