Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A Fleeting Accountability Moment

What he said. While the desperadoes grasp at a Kerry gaffe, the fact remains that we're about to get the last chance we'll have to serve this president a heaping portion of accountability, and fit him with a much-needed set of brakes at the same time. The alternative? Two more years of the same or worse, during which a few thousand more U.S. troops (and many more Iraqi civilians) will probably die -- and who knows what else might happen. The president will then retire to Crawford, boasting unchallenged for the next few decades that he "fought them over there" while subsequent administrations pick up the pieces.

It's essential that Democrats take at least the House, and hopefully the Senate as well. If you live in one of the crucial toss-up states -- at this point Virginia, New Jersey, Missouri, Tennessee, Montana, Maryland -- please do the right thing, and encourage others to do so as well.

13 Comments:

Blogger copy editor said...

I'm glad you are using your page to press the key issues, and not the latest headlines. Here's what really bothers me about Kerry's 36 hours of dumbness: the New York Times today had a two-week-old CENTCOM graphic that showed Iraq as very problematic. I think Kerry took a lot of attention away from that graph. It's too bad.

11/01/2006 10:21 PM  
Anonymous George said...

CR, thanks for keeping perspective. I do wish Kerry would put a sock in it, though.

11/01/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lot's of people are saying that Kerry did it deliberately...to make the Democrats look bad. Kerry's idiocy was probably Karl Rove's "October surprise". I wouldn't be surprised. Kerry was the lamest of the lame, and was probably picked to fail deliberately in 2004... by his fellow Bonesman Bush.

Bush and Kerry both swore loyalty to the Skull and Bones. Did that mean they would be loyal to that above anything else, including America? And why all the secrecy around Skull and Bones? If they've got nothing to hide, then what do they have to be so secret for?

And why aren't politicians made to swear a loyalty oath to America, above and beyond anything else? Why aren't they required to quit any club, cult, or religion, which they could put before the country... including Skull and Bones, Freemasons, Scientologists, Moonies, and...[?]

Maybe Kerry needs to be banned from the DEMOCRATic party. He does more harm than good.

11/02/2006 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody is, and should be allowed to have secrets, be in 'secret clubs' or do anything in secret as long it is not unlawful or harmful to other people. It doesn't matter if they don't have anything to hide. Thats like my sisters saying they don't care if Bushs' minions want to listen in on their phone conversations because they don't have anything to hide and besides (ha ha) they live such mundane boring lives. As for Kerry, he had his chance two years ago to defend his war record and failed because he didn't even put up a fight. If he thinks he deserves a second chance, fine, but he needs to zip it until this election is over. It isn't about him this time.

11/02/2006 5:54 AM  
Anonymous antonie said...

What Kerry said was an insult to our troops, but I look at his remark differently. How many graduates with a PhD or master's degree join the military? How many kids of politicians are in the military? Who got the deferments in the 60s? A little bit of honesty is called for.

11/02/2006 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thing is, he didn't insult the troops. you have to admire the genius of karl rove here. what kerry did say -- along with the 'stuck in iraq' remark was that he did not support an administration that "cut and ran" in afghanistan and pursues a policy of "stay the course and lose" in iraq........and he called the administration "hacks" several times. it was quite a rant.

and it wasn't covered and didn't get the headlines. wonder why? wonder what karl has on the editors of the major news shows......

11/02/2006 7:20 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

It was supposed to be a joke about Bush not the troops. He just botched the punchline. He supposedly was trying to say if you are not informed and don't do well in school you could wind up getting us stuck in Iraq (meaning you could wind up being like President Bush). He left out the "us" in his speech. Dummy. Or maybe like the other poster said...He did it on purpose to help Bush. Kerry has been so incompetent in his opposition of Bush I actually believe that might be true.

11/02/2006 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the comment above, if you want to take it as suggesting that miltary members have lower academic achievement than the general population, no problem. Recruiters target people who do not have the grades or scores for college. Within the military the achievement gap widens between those who join because they have few economic alternatives and educational goals, and those who use the military to get advanced degrees either while in the service or after.

11/03/2006 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It WAS a joke about Bush, not the troops. If you look at what he said and what was written for him to say, what he said worked better as a joke--and still described Dubya. "Intellectually lazy" describes the process that led the adminstration to invade Iraq, not the various ones that put people in uniform. But the miscue made it possible for the other side to willfully misinterpret what he said.

It's not Kerry, but the White House who should be apologizing to the troops, but then they have much worse things they should apologize for and no sign they intend to do so.

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