September 17, 2004


Another New Kerry Position on Iraq . . .: . . . and the same one on Vietnam. (William Kristol, 09/15/2004, Weekly Standard)

He is now the anti-war candidate, this time presumably for good. Leaving aside (important) questions of Kerry's character and credibility, the stage is now set for a straight-up debate: Kerry's view is that we would be safer to have left Saddam in power. Bush's view is that we (and the world) are safer having removed Saddam, and that American strategic goals in the war on terror have been advanced.

But there is one issue on which Kerry has stayed pretty constant: Vietnam. This morning, Imus asked Kerry about his post-Vietnam activities. Kerry said: "I served. I came home. I saw what I saw. And I told the truth.

And if people still have a problem with that, I'm sorry." The one lodestar is Kerry's career, the one thing on which he doesn't flip-flop, is his denunciation of the war in Vietnam as part of a "mystical war against communism," and his condemnation of American soldiers' behavior in Vietnam. In any case, Kerry is right that people should make up their own minds whether they "have a problem" with his 1971 "Genghis Khan" testimony. To help them judge, we link to it here.

Folks worried about a Kerry comeback should keep in mind that probably no more than a fifth of the electorate has seen his 1971 testimony.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2004 12:15 PM

MC Hammer, Star Trek..

What's with all the pop culture refeences lately?

Is David feeding you headlines to use? :)

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at September 17, 2004 12:27 PM

That ofay wouldn't know MC Hammer from Biz Markie.

Posted by: oj at September 17, 2004 12:39 PM

mystical war on communism?

Or Mythical?

Posted by: mike earl at September 17, 2004 1:23 PM

Mr. Judd;

I wonder if there will be depressed Rove operatives after the election, operatives who spent months or years building well thought out, meticulously detailed anti-Kerry attacks that were shelved because they just weren't necessary.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 17, 2004 2:25 PM

AOG, Rove has only one operative planted in the Kerry campaign, a fellow named John Forbes Kerry from Boston. People say he served in Vietnam, but he's a bit shy to talk about it himself.

Rove doesn't waste resources on more operatives when he could get such a perfect one.

Posted by: Peter at September 17, 2004 4:20 PM


In that probability example where monkeys are trying to type Hamlet, in the meantime they come up with questions Kerry can't handle.

Posted by: oj at September 17, 2004 5:23 PM

oj - They come up with Kerry's answers, too - it's like he's reading the monkey script.

Posted by: pj at September 17, 2004 6:38 PM

Imaging the fantasy of having all the nets play Kerry's senate testimony in prime time. It might get him down into the 30s. He is so arrogant its breathtaking. In fact, any video of him from that era would do. Except for the hardcore peaceniks, people across the country would be scurrying out to their driveways to scrape off the bumper stickers.

Posted by: JAB at September 18, 2004 2:05 AM