Kerry loses Touch

Sent to Boston Globe, May 22 2004; not published

John F. Kerry seems to have lost touch with his most faithful constituency: the voters of Massachusetts.

His ruminations about delaying the acceptance of the nomination until long after the Boston Convention comes like a slap in the face to his most fervent supporters. Why are we to put up with road and rail closings, disruption of traffic, and heightened security controls? We were willing to put up with this at a proper convention where we would see our candidate rallying the troops for a major effort to oust the Bush administration. Without that rallying call from a true candidate, the convention will be a farce, and our discomfiture suffered for nothing.