Hugh Hewitt is exactly right this morning.
Which literary figure does John Kerry most resemble:
[I]t requires a reach all the way back to the papers of Diedrich Knickerbocker, as arranged by Washington Irving, specifically to the character Ichabod Crane, who was “tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served as shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together.” Ichabod’s voice–“the authoritative voice of the master, in the tone of menace or of command; or peradventure, by the appalling sound of the birch, as he urged some tardy loiterer along the flowery path of knowledge.” Ichabod was quick to deal out punishment to his school charges, always accompanied by a lecture.
Ichabod was “a huge feeder,” possessed of the “dilating powers of an anaconda.” We don’t know about John Kerry’s appetite, but this makes for a good guess. And there is the vanity parallel: “It was a matter of no little vanity to [Ichabod], on Sundays, to take his station in front of the church gallery, with a band of chosen singers; where, in his own mind, he completely carried away the psalm from the parson. Certain it is, his voice resounded far above all the rest of the congregation. . . .” Recall that Kerry’s been in front of both Catholics and a largely African-American congregation these past three weeks, cameras in tow.
“[Ichabod] was in fact,” Irving tells us, “an odd mixture of small shrewdness and simple credulity.” Which brings to mind Kerry’s approach to many subjects, from the September 11 Commission hearings to gas prices to the $87 billion for Iraq, which he famously voted both for and against.
I heard someone say this last year when Kerry first started campaigning. I thought it rung true then and definitely agree with it after reading Hugh this morning.
Goodbye Gigolo John, hello Ichabod Kerry. You now join ranks with Marvin the Martian.