Misc Commentary For Aug 12, 2004

— Have you seen the two hilarious videos at MoveOnPlease? “The Michael Moore Story — I Am Not An @sshole” & “Bush Is Hitler And Worse“? If not, make sure to check them out because they’re the funniest political parodies I’ve seen since the JibJab “This Land” video.

— I’ve been doing a little poll watching lately and Kerry’s doing well, the Democrats are confident, and if the election were held today, John Kerry would win.

But, remember something — the GOP hasn’t had their convention yet and when they do, Bush is going to surge ahead of Kerry. So in other words, until oh say….September 15th or so, when the excitement from the GOP convention has died down, the polls aren’t going to mean all that much.

— I believe John Kerry damaged himself more with his base than most people realize by claiming that he would have voted for the war even if he knew Saddam had WMDs. Here’s ultra-left-winger Andrew Cockburn on Kerry’s comments over at Counterpunch

“Kerry goes from bad to worse. Last week he dropped Saddam’s non-existent WMDs as a campaign issue. He did this huge favor to Bush via his (Kerry’s) foreign affairs spokesman, the insufferable Jamie Rubin, formerly the top State Department flack in the Clinton years. Rubin told the Washington Post last weekend that knowing then what he knows today about the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Kerry still would have voted to authorize the war and “in all probability” would have launched a military attack to oust Hussein by now if he were president. Up until the previous day Mr flip-flop O’Kerry had said he only “might” have still gone to war.

Then on Monday Kerry did some further clarifying in Arizona where he told the press he would not have changed his vote to authorize the war against Iraq, although he would have handled things “very differently” from President Bush. Kerry said the congressional resolution gave Bush “the right authority for the president to have.” (Since Kerry voted for that resolution, what else could he say?)
But, Kerry went on, (as reported by CNN) “I would have done this very differently from the way President Bush has.”

…In other words, absolutely nothing separates Kerry from Bush’s positions on Iraq except he claims he would have lied more efficiently and somehow wheedled the UN and NATO into giving support. This business about getting the Allies on board, you may recall, was Howard Dean’s posture back in the spring.

…If the war on Iraq bothers you, a vote for Kerry is a vote thrown away.”

We conservatives have been pointing for months that Kerry is trying simultaneously portray himself as a hawkish, John Wayne clone who’s going kick a little terrorist behind and a dovish Un-ophile who’s opposed Chimpy McSmirk’s eeevvvviiilllll war. It’s nice to see that there are a few anti-war lefties who are finally starting to admit the truth as well…

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