No More Mr. Niceguy, John
Well, Bu$h roared and Kerry Gored.
I have yet to find the transcript of the entire speech, but Kerry's response must be making Karl Rove beam right about now.
"For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and even my fitness to serve as commander in chief," Kerry said. "Here is my answer to them. I will not have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and who misled America into Iraq."
Ooooh, I'll bet that hurt! Can you not see that by focusing on how they wounded your pride they win? You certainly aren't refuting any of their charges against you, nor are you exposing their fallacious claims with the facts.
Personal to John F. Kerry. If you want to win this race, you have to stop doing it their way. You are like Jimmy Stewart's character in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in which you insist on remaining on the high road of morality and civility expecting to set an example when the baddie is shoving you into the Equine Transportaion Exhaust every chance he gets, just for fun. Bu$h has turned American politics into a western cow town - and the rules are very different.
But your fight is from a more recent era. They put you in Vietnam, it's time to use it to your advantage. It's time to go back to being that Lieutenant who earned five medals. It's time to turn the boat into the bank and confront the ambush straight on, guns blazing. Your twin .50s against his Colt. Who wins?
Unlike Stewart's character, you aren't gonna have The Duke ambush the baddie right as he's about to splatter your brains all over Main Street - he's a Republican.
So as the minister in Blazing Saddles said:
You're on your own.
11PM PDT UPDATE: More of Kerry's speech on next page
From: "Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry-Edwards 2004"
Date: 02 Sep 2004 21:30:04 PDT
Subject: The final fight towards Election Day
Tonight, immediately after one of the nastiest, most divisive conventions in history comes to a close, John Kerry will take the stage at a rally in Springfield, OH and lay out his plan for the future to strengthen this country and reverse the last four years. I want to give you -- our online supporters -- a preview of what John Kerry will say.
Mary Beth Cahill
Excerpts of John Kerry's Upcoming Remarks
The election comes down to this. 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. John and I offer a better plan that will make us stronger at home and more respected in the world. And we need your help to do that.
For three days in New York, instead of talking about jobs and the economy, we heard anger and insults from the Republicans. And I'll tell you why. 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.
We all saw the anger and distortion of the Republican Convention. 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.
The vice president even called me unfit for office last night. I guess I'll leave it up to the voters whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty.
Let me tell you what I think makes someone unfit for duty.
Misleading our nation into war in Iraq makes you unfit to lead this nation.
Doing nothing while this nation loses millions of jobs makes you unfit to lead this nation.
Letting 45 million Americans go without health care makes you unfit to lead this nation.
Letting the Saudi royal family control our energy costs makes you unfit to lead this nation.
Handing out billions of government contracts to Halliburton while you're still on their payroll makes you unfit.
That's the record of George Bush and Dick Cheney. And it's not going to change.
I believe it's time to move America in a new direction; I believe it's time to set a new course for America. And we have a specific plan to do just that. So tomorrow morning, John and Elizabeth and Teresa and I are hitting the road across America's heartland. From here, we'll go out and talk with Americans in towns across Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. And because a stronger America begins at home, we'll talk about our plan to create jobs, cut taxes for the middle class, lower health care costs, and make America safer and more secure.
Stay on message, John. Stay on message.