Saturday, September 25, 2004

The New York Times has an article about Kerry's management style. He seems to like asking questions almost endlessly. He can take a long time to make up his mind on decisions, always seeking more advice.
His attention to detail can serve him well on big projects, as it did when he sent aides scurrying across the country to find long-lost fellow Vietnam veterans who could vouch for his war record. But sometimes, his aides say, it is a distraction, as it was in early 2003, when they say he spent four weeks mulling the design of his campaign logo, consulting associates about what font it should use and whether it should include an American flag. (It does.)

His habit of soliciting one more point of view prompted one close adviser to say he had learned to wait until the last minute before weighing in: Mr. Kerry, he said, is apt to be most influenced by the last person who has his ear. His aides rejoiced earlier this year when Mr. Kerry yielded his cellphone to an aide, a move they hoped would limit his seeking out contrary opinions.

Doesn't that remind you of Bill Clinton? It is the sign of a man who has no core beliefs and little confidence in his own instincts.

Jim Geraghty at The Kerry Spot likes this anecdote.
For all his eagerness to seek advice, Mr. Kerry does not always take it.

After he delivered a 35-minute speech at the University of Pittsburgh last spring, Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania gently tried to reinforce a message aides had been struggling to impart to their candidate.

"I said I thought it was a little long for an outdoor speech," Mr. Rendell recalled. "My rule of thumb for an outdoor speech is 15 to 20 minutes."

That night at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Mr. Rendell prepped Mr. Kerry by saying the crowd was full of party veterans and urging him to keep his speech short. He talked for 32 minutes.

When Mr. Kerry arrived in Allentown early this month for a rally at the fairgrounds, Mr. Rendell did not even mention his rule. "I've given up," Mr. Rendell said. "He listens sometimes, and he doesn't listen sometimes."

Mr. Kerry spoke for 38 minutes.

It doesn't make you eagerly contemplate four years of the guy, does it?