Tuesday, January 24, 2006

KERRY ON "THIS WEEK": NO "FRIENDLY FIRE"



This week's blogburst is about another reason that Kerry won't ever release all his military records: his MSM support. Case in point: ABC's This Week show, which was soley a forum for Kerry to go on the attack. I have yet to see him interviewed by someone who will ask him the tough questions about his past

It's more than just that. Read the entire interview, and you'll see that the whole thing is structured as an attack on the Bush administration. Stephanopoulos had to challenge him on a couple of assinine remarks (see below), but mostly led him through his talking points flawlessly.

Missing from the interview was any mention of Kerry's proposals for Social Security, health care (though Kerry mentioned it while attacking Bush, Stphie didn't follow up on it), education, or Vermont's Judge Cashman, who gave a pedophile 60 days. He did say about Judge Alito, "I will vote against him because I think he will take the court backwards."

QUESTION FROM LEAV: If Judge Cashman is at the progressive front of the direction the court is moving, should it not be taken backwards? -but I digress.

Notice how little the Democrats blog had to alter the ABC News online report of the show. Here are the funny quotes you won't read in either of those:

-responding to the following comments by VP Cheney: The president said in his speech to Congress right after 9/11 that we had to do everything in our power to make certain we used all the tools available to us - intelligence, military, law enforcement.

The fact of the matter is, we have not been attacked in more than four years. That is not an accident, it’s not just dumb luck.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... Vice President Cheney is right, isn’t he, and how much credit should President Bush get?

KERRY: No, he’s not. He’s right that we haven’t been attacked. He is not right, and I’m glad he reminded Americans, about having said we will do everything in our power and use all the forces at our disposal.

...the man remains the master of the flip-flop. Here's the other doozy, responding to this quote from Karl Rove: President Bush believes if Al Qaida is calling somebody in America, it is in our national security interest to know who they’re calling and why.

Some important Democrats clearly disagree.


STEPHANOPOULOS: He must have had you in mind. You’ve called the program a clear violation of the law.

KERRY: We don’t disagree with him at all. It is a violation of law and we don’t disagree with him at all, and this is exactly what Karl Rove does. Let me tell you something.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But how can you think it’s a violation and not disagree?

KERRY: You know, Osama bin Laden is going to die of kidney failure before he’s killed by Karl Rove and his crowd. And all he does is divide America over this issue and exploit it. And what he’s trying to pretend is somehow Democrats don’t want to eavesdrop appropriately to protect the country. That’s a lie. We’re prepared to eavesdrop wherever and whenever necessary in order to make America safer.

Ooh, a flip and twist, with a zinger of a joke in the middle, followed by a resounding flop of a landing, as he claims "divisiveness" before playing the "me, too" card on national security. Congratulations to ABC and Mr, S. as well, for airing this blowhard, as you wonder where your ratings are going. People can imagine O'reilly interviewing Kerry, and you just don't compare favorably.

PS: The wrong George took the reins of this show, though it sounds crazy even to me: This Week with George Will. He, at least, would be equally tough on pols from both parties. Until that time, John Kerry and his ilk will get a free ride on this show, and many other MSM outlets. On the brighter side, FOX NEWS has brought the WSJ Editorial Report back, an outlet that I doubt John Kerry will ever appear on.

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