Skip to comments.GOP Calls for Dem Opponents to Distance Selves From Kerry Comments
Posted on 10/31/2006 8:07:06 PM PST by blogblogginaway
WASHINGTON Republicans are trying a seemingly successful technique found in Democratic campaign playbooks, linking their opponent to an objectionable gaffe much the way Democrats have pinned Republican candidates to politically unpopular President Bush.
That appears to be the game plan as the GOP seeks to make John Kerry a last-minute issue before next Tuesday's midterm election by demanding to know whether their Democratic opponents support the Massachusetts senator's recent criticism of U.S. troops in Iraq.
"Sen. Cantwell is Sen. Kerry's host in our state," reads a press release from Mike McGavick, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell's Republican opponent. "She has evaded comment time and time again in this campaign. Not this time. Sen. Cantwell owes Washington's veterans and soldiers an explanation. She has taken Sen. Kerry's money. Does she also accept his comments?"
Joe Sestak has closely allied himself with John Kerry throughout this campaign, Mike Puppio, chairman of Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Curt Weldons re-election campaign, said of the retired admiral who is ahead of Weldon in the polls.
The question now is whether Sestak will publicly condemn the insensitive and wildly off base comments by Kerry that belittle and denigrate our men and women in the military. ... Joe Sestak should call on his friend John Kerry to apologize, Puppio said.
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I think the democrats should snuggle right up close to the dessicated one.
He obviously knew Kerry had these feelings about our military, but he did nothing to keep F'n from preying on our country.
DemocRATS to the U.S. military: Drop dead.
It's definitely time for kerry to get another facial treatment and a better hair job.
His valet in charge of blow drying has lost his touch.
I'm wondering why the Republicans are suggesting this myself. Why aid and abet the enemy? Sheesh GOP, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Just shut up and let him bury himself and his party.
The GOP should just SHUT UP......and let this thing take its own course.
Guess someone should tell the Junk Media that even their own garbage polls only show 36% of likey voters see their vote as a vote against President Bush. 64% either are voting from the Pres or simply think it is irrelevent to their vote. So it seems about not even 1/3 of the Democrat Base is buying the DNC directed Junk Media lie about this election being a Bush referendum.
Go for it. This should help the GOP!
No, the MSM assures me that this is just another act of Republican desperation. Yep, meet this weeks MSM action line/dem talking point de jour, "desperation."
I say take away the shovels and give them an earth mover. It works a lot faster.
"right up close to the dessicated one."
Who are you talking about-Pelosi? Gotta be more specific;))
Maybe someone who supports Hillary wrote the "botched joke" for Kerry.
Diana Irey calls on Jack Murtha to denounce John Kerrys slur on our military.
His transparent attempt to claim it was a 'botched joke' is even more outrageous and insulting than his original insult.
It's time for the Republican Party to ask democrats nationally to 'put up or shut up'--when it comes to publicly CONDEMNING Kerry slander against our men and women in uniform.
He has spewed his hate, venom and vitriol against our military one too many times now.
Nightline coming on...
Let's see....a segment on Michael J. Fox...Heather Mills and Paul McCartney..and a segment on James Webb crying about people reading his novels...
Nope....no mention of John Kerry....
The reason is simple--it's because the MSM AGREES WITH HIM!!!!
Everyone who was planning to Freep a scheduled Kerry appearance for Wednesday should show up in full Freep mode.
The fact that Kerry (who served in Vietnam, by the way) cancelled his appearances gives this story legs - meaning there will be local news out there to cover the "lack of a story."
GIVE THEM A STORY!!! Let the press know you DID NOT FORGET that JOHN F'N KERRY was supposed to BE HERE on Wednesday and that a local Dim candidate was the ONE TO INVITE HIM, and then question whether that Dim thinks our troops are a bunch of non-educated fools, as the candidate's SCHEDULED GUEST thinks they are.
Kerry is such a dork.I just read he's canceling everything for tomorrow.Probably gonna go on a drunk.
I say Kerry intentionally revealed his true feelings and miscalculated, brain-farted, and overlooked the negative response to his snobbish comment.
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For those thinking that this was a gaffe, remember not so long ago the despicable story of on Rene Gonzalez, a student at UMASS, who disparaged the death of Pat Tillman?
Wrote Mr. Gonzalez in the Dailiy Collegian in response to people thinking that Tillman was a hero:
"However, in my neighborhood in Puerto Rico, Tillman would have been called a pendejo, an idiot. Tillman, in the absurd belief that he was defending or serving his all-powerful country from a seventh-rate, Third World nation devastated by the previous conflicts it had endured, decided to give up a comfortable life to place himself in a combat situation that cost him his life. This was not Ramon or Tyrone, who joined the military out of financial necessity, or to have a chance at education. This was a G.I. Joe guy who got what was coming to him. That was not heroism, it was prophetic idiocy.
Tillman, probably acting out his nationalist-patriotic fantasies forged in years of exposure to Clint Eastwood and Rambo movies, decided to insert himself into a conflict he didnt need to insert himself into. It wasnt like he was defending the East coast from an invasion of a foreign power. THAT would have been heroic and laudable. What he did was make himself useful to a foreign invading army, and he paid for it. Its hard to say I have any sympathy for his death because I dont feel like his service was necessary. He wasnt defending me, nor was he defending the Afghani people. He was acting out his macho, patriotic crap and I guess someone with a bigger gun did him in."
This is what they teach in Massachusetts colleges, and, no doubt, in most other ultraliberal college campuses.
What Kerry said was no different. Kerry was simply spouting conventional liberal "wisdom," that soldiers are "idiots" or "uneducated."
Kerry, like Gonzalez, should be run out of town on a rail. Throw in some tar and feathers, as well as a swift kick in the ass.
Why is this surprising? Heck, he's been saying virtually the same thing about our military since his Vietnam days--over 30 years now.
Nothing 'botched' here. Nothing 'botched' at all.
His tortured and pathetic explanation was even more transparent, phoney, patronizing and insulting than his original slander of our military.
Maybe the GOP should, but every pubbie in every race ought to ask their opponent to take a stand on it.
Claire McCaskill, do you think that John Kerry should apologize to our military? Even if it was a "botched joke", doesn't he owe them an apology?
It's brilliant, stuck between a rock and a hard place!
I can't believe that J F'in K helped save the day...FOR US!
Him being a flip-flopping traitorous bastard in '04 was gift enough.
And now a second election where his ineptitude and total lack of any gravitas come forefront with 7 days remaining until election day.
I can't imagine what Karl Rove thought the first time he heard /saw Jenjis John jump the shark again.
I would have paid money to see the look on his face as he muttered "Lurch, You magnificent bastard!", and smiled :)
Just like I am now. Broken glass baby, broken glass.
Has Kerry became a 5 letter word little Chuckie Shumer.
LOL! I love it!
Around here people still ride around with Kerry bumper stickers.
I wonder how long that will last.
john kerry must resign immediately! He is a disgrace to the Senate and to his party! He must return to private life and forever hang his head in shame. Resign, john kerry!
Nobody has said it yet so I will: The gift that keeps on giving.
Maybe there is a God after all.
Dere John Kerry,
Thank u four stikking up for me. Im a soldur who got bad grads in hie skool and Boosh cent me to Irak. I no that this also happnd to yoo bekaus you had D's in kolleg and got shopped to Veetnam. Pleese help me get bak hom.
Sinseerly Pvt Rove
(I stole this from another FReeper and I apologise, but not very much...)
It may take the GOP and ourselves to keep this thing alive. I do not believe that the MSM will keep the story going. Rush and the like will only be preaching to the choir.
"The GOP should just SHUT UP......and let this thing take its own course."
I agree. Enough has been said now. Move on.
Remind people why to vote for Republicans.
Kerry just reminded them what liberalism/democrats are all about.
Jf'n cancelled all his Wednesday appointments .. and one IA Dem candidate in a tight race uninvited him, suggesting his comments were "inappropriate" ... guess that candidate missed the punchine, too.
LOL! Well worth stealing!
That's a better suggestion. Force the issue. Make them take a stand.
I agree--the call in itself makes news, and when few or none of the Dems respond, the Republicans can bring it up again.
God be praised!
I agree. The GOP needs to pound this for at least another news cycle. They need to force all the Dem candidates in contested races to state their position.
Individual Freepers should also be burning up the phone lines to their Dem candidate up for election, asking them to take a stand against Kerry. Like another Freeper said, this puts the Dems between a rock and a hard place. If they stand up for the troops, they lose the moonbat vote. If they don't, they lose the moderate Dem vote. Split the Dem vote and you've got a perfect recipe for the Pubbie to win.
I would normally tend to agree, but the Dems were trying very hard to say nothing in hopes this would just fade away. If the GOP forces them to address the issue, that's two or three more news cycles that the Dems are playing defense over Flipper's comments - and there are only six news cycles left until the election.
Agreed. Stay on offense, b/c the MSM will deliberately try to bury the story - their effort is well underway.
BTW, I heard that Kerry just released another asinine "non-apology" -- can anyone confirm?