September 11, 2004


Whether he's flipping or flopping, Kerry's just wrong (THOMAS ROESER, September 11, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

John Kerry is not only uncertain about where he stands; he's politically bipolar.

Hiring Bill Clinton's old staff to shore up his campaign won't work. Anyone who follows the news can tell you what's wrong with his campaign. It isn't the campaign staff -- it's the uncertainty of the candidate. Thus, we have the Kerry who says Iraq is the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time while having voted for it and still defends both propositions. Kerry claims heroism in Vietnam, after which he repented for a war filled with atrocities, some of which he himself committed. This isn't only wallowing in uncertainty -- Kerry shows evidence of a serious political bipolar problem. One cannot be both Sergeant York and Daniel Ellsberg at the same time. His only supporters are the old media (eastern newspapers and the three TV networks), determined to elect him despite his bipolarity.

But the zig-zags can't be hidden. His war stories triggered the counterattack by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- and the Massachusetts senator's campaign collapsed. Consider: How can one use home movies to film himself as the gallant warrior and later say that Ho Chi Minh is the George Washington of Vietnam [according to Unfit for Command by John O'Neill, page 137]? How do you advocate troop redeployment on Aug. 1, 2004, and attack Bush for it on Aug. 18? How can he talk so warmly about a ''band of brothers'' in Vietnam and forget his 1971 testimony before the U.S. Senate about unspeakable atrocities being committed by Americans ''on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command''?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2004 11:54 AM
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