On September 12, Kerry placed a call to the New York Times to complain about President Bush’s policy on North Korea. Reporter David Sanger wrote: “When Mr. Kerry was pressed about how he would handle the threat of a North Korean nuclear test if he was in the Oval Office, he declined to be prescriptive, other than to say that the issue would probably have to be taken to the United Nations Security Council. ‘Hypothetical questions are not real,’ he said. . . .” Neither, one hopes, are Kerry’s chances in November.