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1/30/2005

Lame Kerry

Filed under: Politics — Dangerous Dan @ 5:37 pm

Along with the success of the Iraqi election, it's also pile-on-John-Kerry day as he appeared on Meet the Press today and made an ass out of himself.

He was expectantly dour on the prospects of Iraqis voting and had this to say about the worried lack of Sunnis participating: "It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote." So essentially he's just whizzing all over the Iraqi election. If a segment largely chooses not to vote, then the vote doesn't count. There are currently estimates that 70%-90% of Iraq's eligible voters went to the polls, which is huge. If I'm not mistaken, the U.S.'s numbers usually hover around 50% for presidential election years. Does that mean that not a single U.S. election is legitimate either? What worries me is why Kerry was setting up the election as something of a failure. I suppose for no other reason than to score cheap political points against Bush. The fact that he'd impugn such a monumental event for that purpose, though, is rather pathetic. Unfortunately, I think that's just what he's doing. Right before that quote, he said,

No one in the United States should try to overhype this election. This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation, and it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in. Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq.

Note how he continues to try pushing his vaunted international cooperation and Euro-detente agenda from his campaign. Oddly enough, we've managed to get to this point without all the international, i.e. German, French and UN, help that he said we so desperately needed. So I'm a little mystified why Iraq will still be a failure without it. I'll grant that Iraq hasn't been a success, but it also hasn't been a failure. The elections today are a big step toward future success and we'll have to see how things go. Go here for Captain's Quarters' take.

Powerline hammered away at the part of Kerry's interview involving his Christmas in Cambodia story. You know, the one where he claimed he was in Cambodia over Christmas 1968 on some secret mission… despite the fact that there's absolutely nothing to support his account and an abundance of evidence to contradict it. What's interesting is this part of his defense that I hadn't heard before:

I still have the hat that he gave me, and I hope the guy would come out of the woodwork and say, "I'm the guy who went up with John Kerry. We delivered weapons to the Khmer Rouge on the coastline of Cambodia."

It's not often that a person would defend themselves by talking about how they gave weapons to a murderous regime that killed millions of its own people.

Powerline also discusses the section about Kerry's military records. I'll just post this section of the transcript as is:

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who've been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I'd be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren't even relevant to the record. So when we get–I'm going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn't in the record and we'll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will. But everything that we put in it, Tim–everything we put in–I mean, everything that was out was a full documentation of all of the medical records, all of the fitness reports. And I'd call on those who have challenged me, let's see their records. I want to see the records of each of those people who have put up a challenge, because some of them have some serious questions in them, and it hasn't been appropriate…

MR. RUSSERT: So they should sign Form 180s for themselves as well?

SEN. KERRY: You bet.

First he attempts to say that everything in the records has been released. Then when it's clear that's false (and odd since if everything were out there, why not sign Form 180 and prove it rather than leave the speculation out there), he says that he hasn't released everything because he wants to make sure everything is "clear." After that, he says he will sign Form 180, which he falsely claimed he would do in the past, and then uses the classic tactic of shifting the blame by denouncing other people who haven't released their records either. This is inane. Just because person A hasn't released all his records, that doesn't mean it's ok Kerry hasn't. When he complains that his opponents haven't released their records, he is also necessarily admitting that his own reticence on the issue is wrong. While he's trying to show the hypocrisy of his opposition, he is also demonstrating his own hypocrisy. How lame.

Update: I'm not the only one who has never heard of the Khmer Rouge angle in the Christmas in Cambodia story. It's new to LGF too and Charles points out that even this has inconsistencies to it. It's new to Captain's Quarters too.

3 Comments »

  1. […] RRY: No. But shortly. For a reminder of what Kerry said to Tim Russert on Meet the Press, go here. You’ll notice in the Imus transcript that Kerry immediately tried changing the subject or […]

    Pingback by Dangerous Dan » Kerry: Form What-80? — 2/8/2005 @ 6:04 am

  2. it never ceases to amaze me what people won’t do to keep the spot light on themselves. i’ll sign a 180 in a heart beat just for the chance to get close to the twit and have a few words

    Comment by Stefan Humphrey — 2/2/2005 @ 1:46 am

  3. When is someone going to jump on the fact that Mr. Kerry received anything but an Honarable dischage from the Navy. It was not until President CArter, I beleive, as he left office converted his dischage to one of Honary so he cou9ld run for office. He is not fit because of his discharge to run for any office let alone that of the President. Dick Rogers

    Comment by Dick Rogers — 2/10/2005 @ 4:42 pm

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