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Sister Kerry

From the October 4, 2004 issue: The candidate's sibling causes a stir overseas--and at home.

Oct 4, 2004, Vol. 10, No. 04 • By KATHERINE MANGU-WARD
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For the second time in as many weeks, blogger conspiracy theorists may be onto something. There has been no discernible fallout from Ms. Kerry's comments at the campaign headquarters. Perhaps this is because she could plausibly offer the "just following orders" defense. After all, she was speaking about a nation that her brother has called part of the "coalition of the coerced and the bribed."

Blood, they say, is thicker than water, so perhaps Kerry has forgiven his little sister for causing a stir. But another cliché might also be fruitfully applied to the Kerry campaign's situation: With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Katherine Mangu-Ward is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.