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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Is Kerry Digging the Hole Deeper?

By Steven Taylor @ 10:56 am

As I have argued previously, this may not be the best move for Kerry: Kerry Demands Bush Prove Guard Service.

  • For one thing, it looks like tit-for-tat over the medals flap, which will help keep the medals controversy alive.
  • Fighting this election over events of thirty years ago is a bad strategy-we have troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan in active combat, and we still face the threat of al Qaeda. Eventually 2004 trumps 1971.
  • While Kerry’s service is a plus, his post-service activities are, at best, a wash. as many people will object to them, thus nullifying some of the ground that might could be gained from the “I served and he didn’t” business.
  • I again point to Kerry’s own words: “We certainly do not need something as complex and emotional as Vietnam reduced to simple campaign rhetoric” and “We do not need to divide America over who served and how.”
  • Kerry appears to be on the defensive, which isn’t very presidential and part of what he needs to establish is that he has the capacity to be “presidential".

    I am honestly curious: is there a Kerry supporter out there who thinks this is a wise course of attack for Kerry to pursue? I agree that catching Bush in an obvious, provable lie would be to Kerry’s advantage-however, this strikes me as unlikely given all the scrutiny his Guard records were under a few months back with no hard evidence of untruth uncovered.

    This isn’t shaping up as a particularly well-run campaign.

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    4 Comments»

    1. Poll: Should President George W. Bush have to prove whether he fulfilled his commitment to the National Guard during the Vietnam War, as Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has suggested?

      I think Bush should provide proof of his service, so this issue can be settled, and the race for the presidency can continue.

      PoliticalBlogger

      Comment by PoliticalBlogger — Tuesday, April 27, 2004 @ 2:23 pm

    2. Same damn spammer left the exact same comment on my site. What a doofus.

      Comment by Director Mitch — Tuesday, April 27, 2004 @ 4:59 pm

    3. An internet poll with a grand total of 65 votes and is essentially 50/50 means what exactly?

      Comment by Paul — Tuesday, April 27, 2004 @ 5:44 pm

    4. Kerry needs to keep digging.
      If he is to keep good on his promise that he will create millions of jobs in his first 100 days, all those people will have to dig holes for the government.

      Comment by John Lemon — Tuesday, April 27, 2004 @ 11:07 pm

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