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John Kerry is a two-time loser

Posted by schroeder915 on November 3, 2006

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John Kerry is a two-time loser for not fighting back against the right-wing lie machine now, and in 2004. He withers under pressure. I wholeheartedly support his views, but he doesn’t display conviction defending his views, his record, and his personal integrity.

So go away John Kerry. It’s people like you who have the spotlight that make it even harder for people like us in the trenches to fight the right-wing fascist takeover of our government. This November 7th may be one of the most important elections in history to change the direction our country is headed under the Bush Republican corporate war machine, corporate-welfare state. This is not the time for lily-livered withering flowers.

Yes, you bravely volunteered for service in Vietnam, but where was your anger when you were attacked by “Swift Boat” lies about your record of service? George W. Bush got his daddy to send him to the Mexico border to fly planes in the Air National Guard — while you and other brave soldiers did their duty for, yes, it must be said, a damned cause — but partying was more fun for George than duty.

Yes Mr. Kerry, it’s true that George W. Bush is a total idiot, but why don’t you say what you mean instead of spinelessly posting a retraction on your Web site? Whether you meant to say that Bush is an idiot whose policies have cost the lives of over 2800 American soldiers, over 21,000 wounded, and scores of thousands of Iraqis, or you meant to say that the military opportunistically recruits kids flunking out of school, you could have defended what you meant more forcefully.

We wouldn’t be having this discussion about Kerry if the right-wing hypocritical religious right didn’t have a stranglehold on our government and our media — thanks to the opportunistic “family values” Republican Party. But thank you Mark Foley and Ted Haggard for showing the world that “family values” was a mere tool to distract your supporters so you could pursue your own tawdry thrills, molesting minors and paying for sex with prostitutes while hypocritically opposing civil unions, stem cell research, and reproductive choice.

Finally, let’s bring attention to the fact that the media is responsible for engaging us in much of this ridiculous chatter at a time when we — every American — should be dedicated to the fight of saving lives in Iraq and on the Gulf Coast, to the fight of stopping global warming and conserving energy, to the fight of saving our nation from financial bankruptcy to China, to the fight for scientific progress, and much, much more that Bush administration and the Republican Congress have bungled.

There was a time before Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh, when the Fairness Doctrine required broadcasters to offer air time for opposing views. That served as a brake on ridiculous right-wing lies.

We need the Fairness Doctrine restored. Our democracy, our choices, and our nation’s destiny, are not served well when major media organizations are for one party or another, rather than providing intelligent discussion of critical issues.

We should also keep in mind how much money media corporations earn from the back-and-forth accusations from extreme political corners, when most of America is in the middle somewhere. In addition to restoring the Fairness Doctrine, we should require media corporations to allow free political speech on our air waves, and on our regulated cable monopolies.

Vote this coming Tuesday, November 7th. Vote Democratic. When we citizens take back the House and Senate from the morally repugnant, politically corrupt, Republican Party, then we can start to fix the problems our nation confronts.

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40 Responses to “John Kerry is a two-time loser”

  1. Francis Puertos said

    What about “net nuetrality”? And did you see Bush’s botched joke about the gulf coast in this bit? Find it, cut it out, and put it up. I will get you some viewers!

  2. ashley said

    The loss of the fairness doctrine goes hand in hand with the deregulation of the media, so that megacorps can own many outlets, including owning all the media (print, tv, radio) in a single town. The republikkkans want us to become clear channel nation.

  3. Francis Puertos said

    It is not so much that the republicans want it, as it is the big companies want more and more share without the competition. It is the huge companies and their political buying power that is the source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden comercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.

    The democratic pary is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the relgious right to look after their own intrests.

    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Kochs, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.

    continue connecting some dots here : http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0319-04.htm

    and here:

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/112103C.shtml

  4. Francis Puertos said

    It is not so much that the republicans want it, as it is the big companies want more and more share without the competition. It is the huge companies and their political buying power that is the source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden comercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.

    The democratic pary is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the relgious right to look after their own intrests.

    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Kochs, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.

    continue connecting some dots here : http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0319-04.htm

    and here:

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/112103C.shtml

  5. Francis Puertos said

    It is not so much that the republicans want it, as it is the big companies want more and more share without the competition. It is the huge companies and their political buying power that is the source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden comercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.

    The democratic pary is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the relgious right to look after their own intrests.

    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Kochs, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.

    continue connecting some dots here : http://www.commondreams.org/views01/0319-04.htm

    and here:

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/112103C.shtml

  6. Francis Puertos said

    It is not so much that the republicans want it, as it is the big companies want more and more share without the competition. It is the huge companies and their political buying power that is the source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden comercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.

    The democratic pary is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the relgious right to look after their own intrests.

    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Kochs, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.

    continue connecting some dots here and here

  7. Steve said

    Better idea. Don’t vote Democrat or Republican, try something new. You too are part of the problem. Think beyond your silly little dualistic world where repubs are bad and demos are good. For crissakes, they both suck. Look at what the Demos do down here in N.O. Want change, real change, destroy both of the political parties that small inded people like you are so upset with, take the power away from these filthy, idiot, hypocritical politicians (in both parties) and let’s try and start something new. Stop being a part of the problem.

  8. Oh yeah Steve, vote independent and let the Republicans take control again. The problem right now — I mean *NOW* — is that we have an incompetent fool running the country for corporate America, America’s sons and daughters are dying for it, and the Republicans’ friends profit from this tidy operation. Are you willing to allow more Americans die for your political virtue?

  9. testing said

    test just delete.

  10. F P said

    The big companies want more and more share without any competition. It is especially the multinational companies and their political lobbying power that is the true source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden commercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.
    The democratic party is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.
    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the religious right to look after their own interests.
    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Koch’s, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.
    continue connecting some dots here and here

    If it were a close race I would vote a democrat over a republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. Government should serve all people, not just the ones that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  11. F P said

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the religious right to look after their own interests.
    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Koch’s, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.
    continue connecting some dots here and here

    If it were a close race I would vote a democrat over a republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. Government should serve all people, not just the ones that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  12. F P said

    test

  13. F P said

    The big companies want more and more share without any competition. It is especially the multinational companies and their political lobbying power that is the true source of the problem, their will to preserve themselves and make money for their stockholders forces them to become very political. And when only 15% of you vote, they have all the power. Maybe sufferage should be mandatory like in Australia. Even so the voters would have to educated. Today their vote is based off how many bin laden commercials invade their living rooms. The amount of lobbyists in this country went from like 11 in the 1960’s to thousands and since President Bush took office the number of lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled to 34,750.
    The democratic party is a corporate party just like the Republikkkns.

  14. F P said

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the religious right to look after their own interests.
    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Koch’s, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.
    you can continue connecting some dots here and here

    If it were a close race I would vote a democrat over a republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. Government should serve all people, not just the ones that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  15. F P said

    This is who we should be blaming. Bush is just their little puppet. When he is gone they will have another puppet. And they lied and cut a deal with the religious right to look after their own interests.

  16. F P said

    What kind of exposure can such money buy? In 1995, for instance, CSE’s $17 million budget (made possible that year with grants from the Koch’s, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, and General Electric, among others) was spent producing more than 130 policy papers, delivering them to every single congressional office, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in more than 4,000 news articles around the nation.

  17. F P said

    you can continue connecting some dots here and here

    If it were a close race I would vote a democrat over a republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. Government should serve all people, not just the ones that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  18. F P said

    you can continue connecting some dots here

  19. F P said

    and here

    There seems to a limit of one link per post? Can we change that?

    If it were a close race I would vote a democrat over a republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. Government should serve all people, not just the ones that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  20. F P said

    and this says it all

    If it were a close race I would vote for A Democrat over a Republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. We need to start getting the independents in and start getting them some clout. Government should serve all of the people, not just the peopleor instiutions that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  21. F P said

    and this says it all

  22. Bill martin said

    Can we fix the one link per post thing?

    and this says it all

    If it were a close race I would vote for A Democrat over a Republican. But both parties have evolved to do harm to most Americans, especially the middle class. We need to start getting the independents in and start getting them some clout. Government should serve all of the people, not just the peopleor instiutions that can afford to hire Lobbyists.

  23. One more thing Steve … you complain about what Democrats do in New Orleans? 1) Democrats don’t have a lock on corruption — Republicans are equally corrupt; 2) It’s equally true that not all Democrats, and not all Republicans are corrupt; 3) No party is immune from falling prey to members who are corrupt.

    The answer, as always, is for citizens to be informed, and to be vigilant, and any one public servant, of any party, who is corrupt.

    Focus your attention on the individuals, not the parties, if you want to change your government.

    My point was that right now, we Americans need to take Republicans out of control of the Congress because they have so clearly demonstrated that one-party rule doesn’t benefit anyone. They have been corrupted by their power. The Democrats need to win to restore balance to our government.

  24. Bill martin said

    I have nothing against Democrats. As you now know, I used to be one. Most Democrats are good, hard-working, well-intentioned people. In many cases, including in mine and my wife’s, it has been a family tradition to vote for Democrats. Our parents and grandparents voted for Democrats for reasons that were good and noble … in the past.
    THE CURRENT wave of favoritism and corruption is not due to something being wrong with people like us raised as Democrats, but to one party having had absolute control for many years.
    Too many officials and city workers did not have to work hard to get where they are now. They consider public service their right, not a privilege. Without the checks and balances of another point of view, they have become arrogant, self-serving and corrupt.

  25. Bill martin said

    Our primary political goal should be to reform the city and work to restore faith in our city by replacing corrupted officials and city service workers with politicians who are honest, fair and open-minded. But it is becoming more and more apparent, however, that few candidates can survive a term in New Orleans or Louisiana without snuggling up to union leaders, cooperations, cox, oil and gas, and entrenched folks who actually run the machine. For this reason I believe that the Democrat Party had become a closed shop for the average person but open to business as usual for connected developers and special intrests.

    MY WIFE’S grandfather, was a member of the Regimental Combat Team and lifelong member of the shoremans Union.
    Now, her grandmother is embarrassed by government corruption. She cannot understand how the behavior of so many public officials — all Democrats — can be so at odds with her beliefs and core values, which she always assumed were those of a Democrat.
    You don’t have to be a member of any particular political party to want honesty in government, a stronger economy, better schools and a healthy environment. These are everybody’s goals.
    Republicans, progressives, Independents, greens and Democrats may differ over how best to reach them, but we all want the best for the people of the gulf coast.
    I am proud to be a citizen of New oOrleans today. There are more people than ever across our city that want change rigtht now and are willing to work for it. From every age and ethnic group, income level and profession — every part of our community — they are united in the conviction that enough is enough.

  26. anonymous said

    To put it bluntly, the situation is critical. Hurricane Katrina was just one of many warning signs that global warming now poses grave dangers to the planet. The era of cheap oil is obviously moving toward a close, posing grave dangers to our economy. Our political leaders ought to be alarmed – yet they continue to fiddle while the planet burns.

    The response of the Bush administration and the Republican and Democratic leadership to this dual crisis is astoundingly irresponsible. It reminds me of a man whose house is on fire – and his response is, “Gee, maybe I should start shopping for a sprinkler system. Or maybe not.”

    Granted, the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina was compounded by the Bush Administration’s shocking indifference to its victims. Not only did it disregard warnings and respond slowly; when it did respond, its forced evictions and actual obstruction of the delivery of food, water and aid to New Orleans shows that it used the disaster to promote gentrification by military force.

    Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have caved in to the demands of Big Oil, Big Auto and the highway lobby. For example, the corporate media didn’t report it much, but average fuel economy for all 2006 motor vehicles actually declined from 2005. The figures came out just a few days after the House Rules Committee blocked an attempt to require an increase in fuel economy standards of 10% by 2016. This outrage illustrates how irresponsible corporations and their political prostitutes in Congress and the White House are taking us in the wrong direction. And the Big Three Auto makers wonder why their business is in decline!

    Meanwhile, even though rail transit is far more energy efficient and far less polluting than travel by automobile; even though a billion dollars spent on rail transit creates 7,000 more jobs than a billion dollars spent on highways, our Republican president and his Democrat Transportation Secretary are moving in the wrong direction; they are actually trying to de-fund and dismantle AmTrak.

  27. anonymous said

    The corporate drive to keep us addicted to oil has also led the Bush Administration and its Republican and Democratic partners in crime to involve us in a disastrous campaign to dominate the globe – including the present illegal, immoral and costly war in Iraq. As long as we remain dependent on fossil fuels, we’ll face more and more international conflict over dwindling resources. Therefore, the struggle against global warming and fossil fuel addiction is part of the struggle for peace and real security for America and the world.

    To be sure, in his State of the Union address, President Bush did acknowledge that “America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world” and set a goal of reducing Middle East oil imports by 75 percent by 2025. However, there are at least three gigantic problems with his policy proposals, such as they are.

    First, reducing “oil imports” only addresses one aspect of the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, which are produced by any combustion of fossil fuels in general.

    Second, Bush only called for a relatively modest 22 percent increase in research. While we certainly don’t oppose research into new energy technologies as a general proposition, this is woefully inadequate in light of the seriousness of the crisis.

    Third, Bush’s prescription indicated that a considerable focus of the research would be directed toward “zero-emission coal-fired plants” and “clean, safe nuclear energy” – an oxymoron if ever we heard one, considering that a means to safely store or dispose of tons of existing highly radioactive nuclear waste has yet to be found. Again, we do not oppose research, per se, on any energy technology. What we do oppose is more of this administration’s misplaced priorities. Specifically, we oppose the diversion of an already inadequate, modest boost in research into the pursuit of delusory projects that are among the least promising, in terms of addressing the crisis of oil dependency and global warming. This diversion is obviously aimed more at bailing out Bush’s allies, the giant energy corporations that have already invested heavily in coal and nuclear power, than in seriously addressing the crisis.

    What is really needed is a major, historic national and international initiative against global warming. In my own campaign in Illinois, I describe it as a “New Deal” for sustainable energy development – because a serious effort to build a sustainable energy future is not only necessary for all life on the planet; it will be good for our economy, creating hundreds of thousands of new, quality jobs.

    By “sustainable energy,” I mean conversion from fossil fuels and nuclear power to safe, clean, renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and fuel cell technologies. Equally important are energy conservation and efficiency, including energy-efficient transportation. The savings to businesses and consumers alike would provide more disposable income, stimulating our lackluster economy. If we make the effort, we could turn a negative into a positive.

    Here in Illinois, I will be campaigning for grants, subsidies, tax incentives and purchasing requirements to support solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy production. If elected, I will get us on the right track, so that we meet and exceed the goal of 20 percent renewable energy by the year 2020. And speaking of getting on the right track, I will work hard to develop energy efficient mass transit, including high-speed rail and light rail.

    These kinds of initiatives are needed at the federal level as well – and the Green Party will be fighting for them in 2006. The Green Party is well suited to lead the charge. Unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, we do not accept corporate campaign contributions. We are building a true party of the people because we want to restore government of, by and for the people, instead of government dominated by big money.

    The American people deserve a better choice than the choice between two corporate-run parties – the party that gave us the lies of Bill Clinton and the party that gave us the lies of George Bush. They deserve a better choice than a Republican leadership that is shameless and a Democratic leadership that is spineless.

  28. Change isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition at one election. It takes time. Be prudent. Vote Democratic on Tuesday, and strive for your ideals. A vote for an independent congressional candidate is about as good as a vote for Ralph Nader was in 2000 or 2004 — it’s a vote for a Republican. There *is* a difference between Republicans and Democrats. We can all find fault with one party or another. Right now, the goal should be to *REMOVE THE REPUBLICANS FROM CONGRESS*.

  29. anonymous said

    ok, I agree, get those morons out! Use the democrats to do it, But think long term too. There is a lot that needs to change.

    Schroder is right, unless one of the two candidate is already a complete shoe-in don’t risk losing to the GOP’s on a long shot. But make sure the Independents get to the debates and bring up the real issues.

  30. anonymous said

  31. anonymous said

  32. anonymous said

    ignore the last link, here is the one you want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xug7VLZkXVM&NR

  33. anonymous said

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15519404/

    Come on guys! How prophetic was this from the movie Good Will Hunting:

    Will: Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.? That’s a tough one, but I’ll give it a shot. Say I’m working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. So I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ’cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never had a problem with get killed. Now the politicians are sayin’, “Send in the marines to secure the area” ’cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot. Just like it wasn’t them when their number was called, ’cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some guy from Southie takin’ shrapnel in the ass. And he comes home to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, ’cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile my buddy from Southie realizes the only reason he was over there was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the skirmish to scare up oil prices so they could turn a quick buck. A cute little ancillary benefit for them but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And naturally they’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain’t too long ’til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive, so he’s got to walk to the job interviews, which sucks ’cause the schrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorroids. And meanwhile he’s starvin’ ’cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what do I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. Why not just shoot my buddy, take his job and give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.

  34. Oyserman and the Shrimper, Thibideaux and Boudreaux said

    Schroder I am going to have to listen to the Republicans on this one. Why can’t you?

    Moreover, several prominent Republicans have conceded that Kerry did not intend to insult the troops:

    * Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX): On the October 31 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, Armey said of the attacks on Kerry’s remarks, “Well, it’s pretty standard fare in political discourse. You misconstrue what somebody said. You isolate a statement, you lend your interpretation to it and then feign moral outrage.” When host Chris Matthews stated that Kerry “was trashing Bush,” Armey responded, “Right,” and went on to say, “A fundamental premise of politics is we can make this work if people just never figure it out.”
    * Former Bush campaign chief strategist Matthew Dowd: On the same edition of Hardball, Dowd said, “I think John Kerry served in Vietnam very well, and misspoke and got jumped on.” Matthews went on to specifically ask him, “Do you think Kerry was making fun of the troops?” Dowd responded, “Do I think that was his intention? No. I think Kerry supports the troops, and I think that he was a member of the military, and I don’t think his intention was that. He said it badly and different people can interpret it different ways, but I think John Kerry’s intention has always been in his own way to support the troops.”

    Why are you giving the spin machines of these thugs any credibility schroder? come on!

  35. I am decidedly *not* giving in to the spin machines — Kerry is!

    His defense of himself — the tone of his voice in defending himself … was pathetic. He withered. I have no doubt that he didn’t mean to criticize troops, but we are all — we Democrats and liberals — now at risk of being smeared with the same brush simply because Kerry couldn’t overcome the spin machine when he was in the spotlight. He should have made it his crusade to embarrass those who were criticizing him.

  36. Oyserman and the Shrimper, Thibideaux and Boudreaux said

    The whole party could not overcome the mental spin machine in their own minds. Kerry intially refused to appologize and then only did so becuase of pressure from Democrats. He was unwelcomed on his tour shortly afterwards .

    “Senator Kerry does not support our troops. If he had won the election, there wouldn’t be any troops left in Iraq. President Bush, on the other hand, has given our troops an opportunity to fight without end. That’s creating jobs. In fact, the president’s policies helped create 104 more job openings last month. Now who’s stupid, Senator?” –Stephen Colbert

    “John Kerry now getting slammed by the Republicans because of a botched joke he did about President Bush and Iraq in a recent speech. Kerry was stunned about this. He said, ‘What? People are listening to my speeches?’ President Bush demanded that Kerry apologize. Can you imagine that — Bush demanding an apology for someone stumbling over his words?” –Jay Leno

    “I think it’s important to note that nobody hates the troops more than decorated war hero John Kerry. We’re all very, very lucky that we have draft-dodgers like George Bush and Dick Cheney to point that out to us.” –Jimmy Kimmel

    “Halloween Of course, that’s when little kids come to your house looking for candy. Or as Congressman Mark Foley calls it, ‘speed dating.'” –Jay Leno

  37. Sure … these are minor dents in the right-wing spin machine. I acknowledge the remarks made by people like Colbert and Leno. One could hardly fail to point out the complete hypocrisy.

    Ultimately, however, the spin machine will recall Kerry’s image on demand at anytime in the future because he alone is responsible for what the lasting impression of him is. No one’s going to defend him by referring to Jay Leno’s remarks. It should also be said that Jay Leno uses the same dagger on Kerry that he uses on Bush. His ultimate goal is to give cover to the Republican Party. People like Stephanie Miller on Air America do a great job of debunking the Republican media as well — but again, I’m not in favor of our media organizations being for one party or the other. It’s preaching to one choir or another. We’ve come to this place because media organizations are allowed to lie as long as there is no rule in place like the Fairness Doctrine to keep opinions within the lines of fact and decency.

    On balance, as I said, Kerry has to answer for his remarks himself. He may be aided by counter-attacks, but he alone is responsible for what comes out of his mouth. A Vietnam veteran like himself out to be enraged that a bunch of draft-dodgers who had “more important things to do” should attack his service, his ongoing bi-partisan commitment to veterans, and his ongoing support of military men and women. But where is the outrage?

  38. […] Update: I should note as well that many kittens were saved as well last night! […]

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  40. Originez Hupateflor said

    Keryy is starting to Fight Back!

    Check it out: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/12/3/141751/951

    John McCain has decided to use “Stab in the Back” as the reason why the Iraq War was lost. It is up to us to debunk this myth over and over again as the lie that it is.

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