Wednesday, April 28, 2004

there's trouble, trouble in Boston 

Is the John Kerry campaign in trouble? You decide:
Wednesday's exchange was the latest development in an increasingly harsh spat between the Kerry and Bush campaigns over military service and national defense.

While saying they commend Kerry's service in Vietnam for which he was decorated several times, some Republicans have questioned his antiwar protests when he returned.

And the Bush-Cheney campaign is depicting Kerry as soft on defense with television ads that question some of his votes against weapons programs during his four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Kerry, meanwhile, has begun to question Bush's military service during the Vietnam era, saying he "can't even show or prove that he showed up for duty in the National Guard."
So let me get this straight.

Kerry alleges that the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy is playing dirty pool for assaulting him on Issue A yet everyone understands that the Republicans are actually talking about Issue B, so to counter this alleged under-handed assault Kerry accuses the Bush administration of Issue A!

Not that I would accuse Kerry of trying to have his cake and eat it too.

Here's a question:
Lautenberg pointed to a poster with a drawing of a chicken in a military uniform that defined a chicken hawk as "a person enthusiastic about war, provided someone else fights it."

"They shriek like a hawk, but they have the backbone of the chicken," he said.

"We know who the chicken hawks are. They talk tough on national defense and military issues and cast aspersions on others. When it was their turn to serve where were they? AWOL -- that's where they were," Lautenberg said.
Does this mean that William Jefferson Clinton was a chicken hawk?

Luckilly John McCain was near by:
"At least could we declare that the Vietnam War is over and have a cease-fire and agree that both candidates -- the president of the United States and Senator Kerry served honorably -- end of story?" McCain said.

"Now let's focus our attention on the conflict that's taking place in Iraq, that is taking American lives as I speak on this floor," he said.
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