"All Hat, No Cattle"
John Kerry came out last night for a midnight rally in Ohio. He would have done it earlier in the night if he though he could get away with it, but fortunately his campaign knows how it would come across with Kerry holding such a thing while the RNC was still in session. Bad form and they know it. So Kerry waited until midnight so he can truthfully say he didn't do it on the same day as the President's acceptance speech.
The content of his rally speech, however, was just more of the same. More complaining about how those mean, nasty, eeevil Republicans were doing nothing but smearing his name and throwing hateful insults.
|Space Here||"For four days in New York ... we heard almost nothing but anger and insults from the Republicans, and I'll tell you why," he said. "It's because they can't talk about the real issues facing Americans. They can't talk about their record because it's a record of failure."||Space Here|
I'm not sure what channel the Senator was watching, but there was a ton more said at the RNC than "anger and insults". Speeches in support of our troops in the field, rememberances of 9/11, praise for America as still the land of opportunity, and more were clearly spoken. How those translate into insults, I don't know. Unless, of course, you choose to accept them as such. Oh, yes, there was anger and there were barbs thrown in the Senator's direction. The single most devastating speech to the Sentor came from one of his own, Senator Zell Miller whose speech focused on Senator Kerry's voting record as opposed to his service record. Those aren't insults, Mr. Kerry, those are statements of recorded fact. The voting record isn't open to interpretation or spin. The votes Kerry cast were yea's or nay's - when he wasn't absent, of course - and are recorded diligently by the Senate. He can gripe all he likes but it's not hateful to report the fact of how a man votes in the Senate.
And just to make sure you don't forget that he served in Vietnam:
|Space Here||"We all saw the anger and distortion of the Republican convention," Kerry said. "For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander-in-chief.|
"Well, here's my answer: I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq."
OK, 2 things with this comment. First, no one attacked his patriotism. Vice President Cheney said explicitly that he was to be honored for his service and he left it at that. Again, Senator Kerry makes the claim that unless you served in Vietnam, you aren't qualified to judge his fitness to serve as commander-in-chief. Well, I didn't serve in Vietnam and I'm damn sure qualified to judge his fitness. The arrogance that the American people can't speak out in opposition to Senator Kerry based on their appraisal of his fitness to command is nearly unbelieveable, but it's right there. As for "misleading" the country into Iraq, that's his opinion and far from a statement of fact. That's called "unconvincing".
In an effort to muddy the waters further, he makes the canned Democratic reference to Halliburton. To be honest, I don't know if Dick Cheney was Vice President and "still on the payroll" at Halliburton when they were awarded contracts, but I tend to doubt it. Some research is in order, and I'll let you know about that one. If he wasn't, then this was an example of some serious misleading on his part. Kerry's advice to us all was pretty simple.
|Space Here||Kerry said the next 60 days leading up to the November 2 election are key and give Americans a simple choice -- "If you believe this country is heading in the right direction, you should support George Bush, but if you believe America needs to move in a new direction, join with us."||Space Here|
Well, no duh. It's an interesting comment, however, for it shows just where Kerry's putting all his faith. He again offers no detail about what he's going to do if elected but offers to America that they need to vote for him "if you believe America needs to move in a new direction". What he's saying is, vote for me if you hate George Bush. He is counting on the "Anybody But Bush" crowd and that, my friends, is not a stable foundation to build the leadership of our country upon. I'll listen for him to start telling us what his plans are for his term, if elected, but if all he's going to do is try to incite more frothing about Bush being the President in order to get himself elected, I'll pass. Thanks.