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."
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
"We came here not to bury Kerry but to praise him"
yes, yes, well put!
The entire piece is one big excuse for Kerry.
Everyone was bad to him.
It's a long piece with passages like this:
***John Kerry is not a man who indulges in emotional highs and lows. When he is angry, he is a master of the cold eyes, the stony mien, the slow burn, which are often delivered as he places his hands on your shoulder or moves his face up close to yours and expresses some measure of disapproval. Aides went to great lengths to avoid those moments.***
Divine intervention--that this fop did not become POTUS
"explaining that Kerry was concerned about the impact on troops in the field..." = "Kerry's 2003 vote against the $87 billion to fund US troops in Iraq was likewise cast in the context of a presidential race..." ???
I love these guys. Give them a shovel and they won't quit digging until their grave is done...
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth spent $11,836,949
And I looked and saw no other 527 that could have added to the Swift Vets to reach this $25 million dollar figure
Ummmmmmm . . . Elizabeth Edwards is photogenic? That's news to me.
Not one place in this 7,600 word article is the name Ted Kennedy mentioned.
"Geeee the election won by a bit of pollen and a puff of wind....Gesundheit !!!!"
Ok, make up your mind, one person has him jumping, and another wishing health upon him.
Ted is the biggest loser from all this. Kerry was his protege and his team led the way. The impact is so great that noone in the MSM will even mention his name.
"The room was decorated with Parisian watercolors of ostriches and kittens..."
This is important... I don't know why, but it is...
Many times over FOFLMAO
HaHaHa, mom always told me to be polite, even if you dislike the sob....
I'm not sure which freeper made that second one, but I just had to post it again!
Its a long read, but worth it.
Here's a printer friendly version
They were probably refering to the gorgeous "Silky Pony". If you don't believe me go to : http://www.dailyrecycler.com/blog/, then down to "The Choice". Talk about photogenic...
U.S. Sens. John Kerry, left, and Edward Kennedy have had their differences -- including staff feuds -- but Kennedy put those aside and lent some of his top aides to help run his fellow Massachusetts Democrat's presidential campaign.
Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) gives a thumbs up to the crowd as Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. looks on after Kerry's concession speech in Boston's Faneuil Hall, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)