Skip to comments.On the trail of Kerry's failed dream
Posted on 11/14/2004 1:08:09 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
On the afternoon of Aug. 9, John F. Kerry stood on the lip of the Grand Canyon, about to make one of the biggest mistakes of his three-year quest for the presidency. A stiff wind was blowing across the canyon, and Kerry, whose hearing was damaged by gun blasts in Vietnam, had trouble understanding some of the questions being thrown his way. But he pressed on, coughing from the pollen blowing on the breeze.
Would Kerry have voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, one reporter asked, even if he knew then that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction? "Yes, I would have voted for the authority; I believe it's the right authority for a president to have," Kerry replied, as aides stood by, dumbfounded.
Kerry's answer ricocheted around the political world. Faced with the revelation that almost all the prewar arguments for invading Iraq were wrong -- the existence of weapons of mass destruction, close links to Al Qaeda -- President Bush had nonetheless insisted that he would do nothing differently. And he had been challenging Kerry to do the same, hoping to catch the Democrat changing his position on the unpopular war.
The senator explained to aides that part of the question had been lost in the wind; he thought he was answering a variation on the same basic query he'd been asked countless times: Was it right to give Bush the authority to go to war against Iraq? Kerry had simply given his standard "yes," with the proviso that he would have "done this very differently from the way President Bush has" -- yet the misunderstanding now muddied Kerry's message.
Worried advisers briefly considered issuing a clarification, but feared it might further feed Republican efforts to portray Kerry as a "flip-flopper."
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"Kerry, whose hearing was damaged by gun blasts in Vietnam"
Will they NEVER STOP?!?!?
Yo, John Kerry, go back to Vietnam, and stay there!
"Kerry, whose hearing was damaged by gun blasts in Vietnam..."
I thought that Kerry didn't sign the 180 to release his medical records?
"Faced with the revelation that almost all the prewar arguments for invading Iraq were wrong -- the existence of weapons of mass destruction, close links to Al Qaeda"
Journalistic fraud. Opinion stated as if it were fact. Journalist to be terminated, Editor sent back to retake Journalism 101.
"Worried advisers briefly considered issuing a clarification, but feared it might further feed Republican efforts to portray Kerry as a "flip-flopper...""
...so instead, jfk decides not to honestly address the American people and tell them what he would do in time of war were he Commander-in-Chief. And the DNC wonders why their man lost. These lefties just keep giving and giving...
Ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Sort of the John Kerry/campaign2004 obituary written by his local Boston Globe hallelujah chorus. A long piece to be sure.
"We came here not to bury Kerry but to praise him"
-by all SIX "journalists."
Who knew? Allergies, hearing loss..... what else?
"enabled the GOP to portray him as weak and inconsistent."
ENABLED? Nice try. Back to spinning class. The words they avoided to honestly complete this sentence include "allowed" or "demanded" or "accurately"...
Why the obsession with who did you say?. We're done with him. Move along people.
Took 6 to write this crap?
One week after his presidential defeat, Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), D-Mass., center, meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, and Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 in Washington. They were expected to discuss a range of issues from Social Security (news - web sites) to stem-cell research. Reid is expected to succeed Sen. Tom Daschle, who lost his South Dakota seat, as the Democratic leader in the Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Well I've heard some lame excuses, but this tops the list. Kerry lost people, get over it...
"Oh the pollen. the pollen"
Say as Kurtz in Apocalypse Now