September 30, 2004

It was late...

Senator Kerry explains his "voted for it before I voted against it" statement. Yet John Fund notes some problems in the WSJ Political Diary.

John Kerry showed up on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to explain his infamous comment that he was in favor of an $87 billion appropriation for the troops he Iraq before he was against it. Mr. Kerry admitted to Ms. Sawyer the comment was "an inarticulate moment in the late evening when I was dead tired in the primaries."

The only problem with that explanation, as an e-mail from the Bush campaign pointed out, is that the statement was made at the noon hour: "Maybe he was on Paris time," the Republican missive snickered.

Posted by jk at September 30, 2004 10:56 AM

"Inarticulate moment" ... "wardrobe malfunction" ... everyone's entitled to a "mistake" now and then. Like all those primary voters who thought Kerry was the most electable of their candidates. Too bad they were so consumed by hate they never even considered the reasonableness of Joe Lieberman.

Posted by: johngalt at September 30, 2004 12:28 PM

Sad to say, NONE of them agree with Senator Lieberman.

I am convinced that the Democrats should have nominated Governor Dean. I was talking with (academic) folks at the conference, my relatives, and I think that is where the heart of the party is today.

They should have nominated Dean, and we could have had an honest debate between two opposing but unwavering views. Senator Kerry's pandering does not excite the base. And, after the loss, will enable the party to think "we picked the wrong guy" instead of "we have many of the wrong ideas."

Electable-schmelectable. Big mistake.

Posted by: jk at September 30, 2004 12:36 PM

The Bush campaign should really not get into picking at mistakes in speeches any more than Kerry's should have made his Vietman service a central point of his campaign. Gotta predict big time backfire on that topic.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at October 1, 2004 09:56 AM

I have long felt that the best general election candidate is the one who cannot possibly win the primary. Primaries are not for moderates. Dean would have self destructed eventually even if he had gotten the nod. The angry shtick doesn't play so well in the general election when voters would actually like to hear your ideas. Joe Leiberman probably would have been a great candidate and a good President, but in the wacky field of 10 could never stand out enough to get the nomination.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at October 1, 2004 10:01 AM

What speech mistake are you referring to the Bush campaign getting into picking at? The mistake we're talking about here ("I actually voted FOR the 87 billion before I voted AGAINST it") was singled out as a mistake by KERRY himself! And not that his actions were a mistake, or that what he said was mistaken, but that he should have said it differently. This is merely a (belated) reaction to the fact that Bush and Rove are absolutely POUNDING him with his own soundbite. His "mistake," I'm sure he thinks, is including both sides of the same flip-flop in the same sentence. It didn't even require a cut and paste job.

Posted by: johngalt at October 8, 2004 10:52 AM
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