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Kerry Craters at First Press Conference in Months

For those of you with television access this time of day, turn on Kerry's press conference. I hate to say it because it makes me look like a partisan hack but he is catering. He has said the same 4 lines in excess of 20 times. Staying on message is one thing... he just looks silly.

UPDATE- In Kerry's own words....

"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." (December 16, 2003)

"Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell. But that was not, in itself, a reason to go to war.[...] I believe the invasion of Iraq has made us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism" (September 20, 2004)

"I have always had ONE -- ONE position on Iraq." (Today)

President Bush does not live in the land of reality. (Today)

Laughable, Just Laughable


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Comments (48)

Well, and boy does it suck ... (Below threshold)

Well, and boy does it suck to defend Kerry, what he said isn't really different. Saddam was bad, and putting him in jail definitely makes us safer but (and of course, this is Kerry's view, not mine) attacking Iraq in the way we did made the French less willing to help us out, so we're not that safe.

I can say that putting a padlock on my house door makes me safer but not wearing seatbelts makes me less safe and not be flip-floppy.

Kerry is the new TiVo! ... (Below threshold)
Richard:

Kerry is the new TiVo!

This is why I see little need for three debates as rhetoric is just going to be the mainstay. Even though it seems now that Kerry spent the last several weeks preparing for speeches and questions as to look like he has solidified his position, he comes off as reactionary and as one that simply says Iíd do better.

I agree that Iraq needs to come together and soon, but I also think the news media needs to also show the positives going on in Iraq. Iím not one for sensitive war and think we need to strengthen our numbers in Iraq and make quickly the annihilation of the insurgents.

It is a good thing for the entire world that we fight the terrorist in Iraq and not on our homeland, but I would rather see more security on the borders of Iraq to stop these terrorist as they come into Iraq and to be able to prove where they are coming in from.

One thing that really bothers me is that the Iraqi people themselves donít stand up against the terrorist being the terrorist are mostly foreigners and are killing Iraqis by the dozens. Why donít they finger them for the US troops? If they want their country in some form of stability, this would be the quickest way.

Rich

There is little need for th... (Below threshold)
meep:

There is little need for three debates (and I'm totally going to skip the "town hall" one. Yuck.) but it's going to make the differences more stark as time goes on. I don't know why Kerry thinks the debates are a good idea for him. I guess it's the ego thing again, and the sure knowledge that the media will say he won no matter what happens.

Of course, I don't think any voters will actually care what the media have to say about that.

As for making the French less likely to help - there's no probability less than 0% chance. Mathematically impossible, except for some weird quantum mechanical calculations, in which one can't observe anything anyway, so negative probability is not a problem... or so I remember from my classes. Hmmm, the Kerry Uncertainty Principle....

Take the pronoun "I" out... (Below threshold)

Take the pronoun "I" out of the English Language; John Forbes Kerry would be hard pressed to be able to speak...


10 Positions... No waiting...


SA

I love this post. You mist... (Below threshold)
mg:

I love this post. You mistakenly typed "catering" instead of "cratering" in your second sentence, and it reads even better with the typo.

What I want to know is why ... (Below threshold)

What I want to know is why none of those MSM reporters asked Kerry why he won't sign his Standard Form 180 and release all of his military records. Never mind, I just answered my own question. Because they're MSM reporters!

...And Kerry has more posit... (Below threshold)

...And Kerry has more positions on Iraq than the Kama Sutra.

...catering is good!... (Below threshold)

...catering is good!


How much does Senator Kerry charge?


Is it a part-time catering service; or does Momma T... cater ... also?


SA

Of course, Momma T caters..... (Below threshold)
OneDrummer:

Of course, Momma T caters.....


But you have to eat your food and water nekkid..... no clothes for you!

There is no doubt that the ... (Below threshold)
Edwiges:

There is no doubt that the removal of Saddam Hussein is bringing matters to a head. Islamic fascists are now fighting openly and losing battles, and are increasingly desperate as they realize the democratization process slowly grinds ahead leaving them and what they have to offer by the wayside. Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and others must send aid to the terrorists and stealthy warriors into Iraq, for the battle is not just for Baghdad but for their futures as well. The world's attention is turning to Syria's occupation of Lebanon and Iran's nukes, a new scrutiny predicated on American initiatives and persistence, and easily evaporated by a withdrawal from Iraq. So by taking the fight to the heart of darkness in Saddam's realm, we have opened the climactic phase of the war, and thereupon can either win or lose far more than Iraq.

So he said, on the day Sada... (Below threshold)
FloydWReeves:

So he said, on the day Sadam was captured, that we were safer than the day before he was captured.
Now he says overall we are not safer having stirred up the hornets nest in Iraq than we were before we stirred up the hornets nest. Sorry, I don't see a contradiction there.

Sharpie-- You're r... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Sharpie--

You're right in a way- I snipped those quotes from one of Kevin's posts below. I thought was him attacking Dean for supporting the war and calling him unqualified to be commander in chief THEN Kerry saying he would not have gone after Saddam.

I spoke to Kev before he posted and I thought that's what he was going to post. I must confess I did not read them carefully in my haste. But don't worry I can come up with a few dozen different positions Kerry has on Iraq.

Edwiges, you have it right.... (Below threshold)

Edwiges, you have it right. The bottomline is: Do we fight Islamists in the Middle East or do we fight the Islamofanatics here in the USA. Good thing Kerry and his minions weren't around during the Battle of the Bulge.

This is Kerry's "I AM MY OW... (Below threshold)

This is Kerry's "I AM MY OWN MAN" moment... if you have to say it, it's not true and too late.

Kerry's new position is alm... (Below threshold)

Kerry's new position is almost missionary.
Lurch looked and sounded like he was fed a peyote milksake.
Dry mouthed and absolutely hallucinatory responce to magnificently important issues.
All that was mising was flop sweat raining down his frankenstoinian face at 10 inches a minute.
This FRAUD does not want to be where he is.
Watch him, he can barely contain himself in his own skin.
Dean vaporized and Lurch was on deck with a frikkin' toothpick.
Who ya gonna call?
Her Thighness?
Case.
Closed.
2008......Here is hoping we are still posting.

First, it's not a lock that... (Below threshold)
Edwiges:

First, it's not a lock that Bush is going to win. Polls are just guesses, and the guesses are disagreeing with each other, and for God's sakes it's September. So why is it the time for despair? Sure, Karl Rove is a genius liar, but Richard Nixon was a genius liar too, and he came to a bad end. OK, let's assume the worst. Let's assume that Four More Years becomes a reality. That would be a bad thing, yes. The rivers and the forests, they would mourn. The have-nots would mourn, guessing that they would have even less. Workers in emergency rooms and classrooms would mourn. But it is not the end of the world. You want the end of the world? Try Fallujah. I don't care which side you're on -- try Fallujah.

Did anyone hear the questi... (Below threshold)
Todd Fine:

Did anyone hear the questions from the msm? I sure did'nt, and I am sure Kerry just followed his notes on the podium

Did anyone hear the msm que... (Below threshold)
Todd Fine:

Did anyone hear the msm questions? I sure didn't.

OK, I'm stuck at work. So,... (Below threshold)
DrSteve:

OK, I'm stuck at work. So, Form 180 not addressed during the p/conf. Cambodia? Any other SBVT charges raised, or only genial lap-doggery? Was anyone there from FOX?

I called it "blathering" an... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

I called it "blathering" and I have no idea what kind of word that is or even if it is one. But that's how he came across to me. I was blogging on the beheading and got stuck listening to that bastard. So I muted him but still every once in awhile Fox would put up a main point. When I saw "President Bush does not live in the land of reality!" I almost lost it. Gawd, I hate this man. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
~Cindy

Kerry's "catering"? Cool. W... (Below threshold)
m:

Kerry's "catering"? Cool. We knew he had given up his day job.

"Take the pronoun "I" out o... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

"Take the pronoun "I" out of the English Language; John Forbes Kerry would be hard pressed to be able to speak...


SA

Posted by Sergeant America at September 21, 2004 03:29 PM "

THIS IS HYSTERICAL!!! You are so right!!!! I, I, I, I, but never how how how, what, why. Just "I"

And BARCODEKING on the Kuma Satra = bet you $5 he doesn't even know what that is??? hehehe

Cindy

OK, I think Senator Kerry i... (Below threshold)
ko:

OK, I think Senator Kerry is a clown, but I think that I can make sense of this mess:

Kerry-speak: "Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, ..."
Translation: Saddam was bad.

Kerry-speak: "and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." (December 16, 2003)"
Translation: We, the United States, are at war in Iraq [because President Bush rushed into war]. However, now that we are at war, having Saddam in circulation directing the counterattacks against us is very bad. Now he can't.

Kerry-speak: "Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell. But that was not, in itself, a reason to go to war.[...]"
Translation: Saddam was bad. If that was the only reason that we went to war, then we did the wrong thing. [And "W" stands for "Winner" . . . No. No. Wrong. "W" stands for "Wrong."]

Kerry-speak: "I believe the invasion of Iraq has made us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism" (September 20, 2004)"
Translation: Iraq is now a breading ground for terrorism like Afghanistan once was. [Since Afghanistan isn't completely, totally fixed then it is really a mess, and now Iraq is a mess, too.]

[Oh, my head hurts.]

However, my best guess is that this is what Kerry is trying to say. (And they say Bush can't speak clearly.)

Classic Kerry. Get out with... (Below threshold)
CT:

Classic Kerry. Get out with your lives! Women and children first.....but on second thought!?

Edwiges, unless you are Vic... (Below threshold)
mas:

Edwiges, unless you are Victor David Hanson, you have committed plagiarism. For anyone who wants to read the entire article from which edwiges borrowed freely only to pass the commentary off as his own, go to www.nationalreview.com and read "See Ya, Iraq?". Pay particular attention to paragraph 12.

If I were a Kerry Campaign ... (Below threshold)
smithson b:

If I were a Kerry Campaign advisor, today's q & a would lead me to two conclusions: 1. Never again should Kerry do a q&a because his position on iraq cannot be explained to a normal human being and he is in danger of become a parody; and 2. be very concerned about the first debate -- and try to attack every line without saying anything more about your position than: I've made my views on that issue clear, but the President still hasn't explained [fill in the blank]. Senatory Kerry seems bright enough to recall details, but perhaps not quite bright enough to integrate principles into a coherent world view. Don't know.

And by the way -- did he say in his news conference that Saddam would have been overthrown by iraqis internally without an invasion because he didn't have wmd?

If I were a Kerry Campaign ... (Below threshold)
smithson b:

If I were a Kerry Campaign advisor, today's q & a would lead me to two conclusions: 1. Never again should Kerry do a q&a because his position on iraq cannot be explained to a normal human being and he is in danger of become a parody; and 2. be very concerned about the first debate -- and try to attack every line without saying anything more about your position than: I've made my views on that issue clear, but the President still hasn't explained [fill in the blank]. Senatory Kerry seems bright enough to recall details, but perhaps not quite bright enough to integrate principles into a coherent world view. Don't know.

And by the way -- did he say in his news conference that Saddam would have been overthrown by iraqis internally without an invasion because he didn't have wmd?

If I were a Kerry Campaign ... (Below threshold)
smithson b:

If I were a Kerry Campaign advisor, today's q & a would lead me to two conclusions: 1. Never again should Kerry do a q&a because his position on iraq cannot be explained to a normal human being and he is in danger of become a parody; and 2. be very concerned about the first debate -- and try to attack every line without saying anything more about your position than: I've made my views on that issue clear, but the President still hasn't explained [fill in the blank]. Senatory Kerry seems bright enough to recall details, but perhaps not quite bright enough to integrate principles into a coherent world view. Don't know.

And by the way -- did he say in his news conference that Saddam would have been overthrown by iraqis internally without an invasion because he didn't have wmd?

A different Rich asks:... (Below threshold)
Rich:

A different Rich asks:

One thing that really bothers me is that the Iraqi people themselves donít stand up against the terrorist being the terrorist are mostly foreigners and are killing Iraqis by the dozens. Why donít they finger them for the US troops? If they want their country in some form of stability, this would be the quickest way.

I have a contact who knows some insides on the Fallujah operation. He says they give lasers to informants. Then the safehouse gets a nice little visit from a smart bomb. There has been a lot more informants since the turnover of sovereignty. Watch the news and see how often various houses get bombed. It is almost a daily occurrence. The informants is how they do it (and with lower risk to our guys).

Uh, lasers in the hands of ... (Below threshold)

Uh, lasers in the hands of informants becomes problematic if the informant decides he needs a quick way to do away with the in-laws because the Mother-in Law insulted him on the last Hajj trip.

smithson_b, smithson_b, and... (Below threshold)
ko:

smithson_b, smithson_b, and smithson_b:
If I was Kerry's campaign manager I would jump off a very high bridge. Can you imagine what the debates are going to be like? Oh, God.

Q: What color is the sky?
Kerry: That question has been debated for ... But my opponent ... The picture is seared, SEARED in my memory."
Q: Senator. I'm sorry, your time has expired.

A different Rich:R... (Below threshold)
ko:

A different Rich:

RE: "One thing that really bothers me is that the Iraqi people themselves don’t stand up against the terrorist being the terrorist are mostly foreigners and are killing Iraqis by the dozens. Why don’t they finger them for the US troops? If they want their country in some form of stability, this would be the quickest way."
Well, one answer is that they do. In fact, the MSM won't report it, but many of the bombs appear to be meant to kill Iraqis that are volunteering to join the police or the national guard. There are a lot of Iraqis that clearly want stability for their country.

Unfortunately, many picture us as the real foreigners, particularly since we are (mostly) not members of Islam. As such, we don't count. Furthermore, they may feel that we are going to lose this thing or withdrawl, and they want to be on the winning side.

clicked over from Hugh Hewi... (Below threshold)
socalgal:

clicked over from Hugh Hewitt... It amuses me in a very morbid way how Kerry, et al, keep saying that the international "goodwill" for the USA was "squandered" after 9/11 - over and over and over...
Yet exactly WHERE was this goodwill when, less than SIX MONTHS after 9/11, this book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1592090265/qid=1095806671/sr=8-6/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i6_xgl14/102-9900251-5122503?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) was "on Franceís bestseller list in its second week and became the highest-grossing book in a single week in Europe ever"? I concede that there were many "isn't it awful?" statements made in international circles during September 2001, but that "goodwill," if you can call it that, was almost unbelievably quickly converted into scorn - FAR in advance of any Iraq involvement.
France has now said incontrovertibly that they WILL NOT support any US activity in Iraq regardless of who the president may be. Where is the goodwill, again? How can Kerry still preach the mantra that he can change anything in that arena?

I only saw the last 15 minutes or so of the press conference, but what I did see was just more of the same old saw... How many times did he say he had answered every question in his speech the day before? OK, then at least tell us what you SAID in that speech instead of just saying that it answered the question! Was that just a show to tell us that he has the same position today that he did yesterday?

Also, did anyone else catch how he caught himself to keep from saying he knows about war because he was IN VIETNAM? It was pathetically obvious that he was about to say that and then modifed his statement to say he was 'involved in other similar situations.' (Not an exact quote - I didn't tape it.)

I think the only question now is "is the American electorate really stupid enough to fall for this blather?" I sure hope not.

Sorry I screwed up my track... (Below threshold)

Sorry I screwed up my trackback on this -- hopefully you can remove the previous one. I'm hoping to do some intercutting of Bush's U.N. speech with Kerry press conference comments later tonight.

There is a Senator from Mas... (Below threshold)
michael ritchie:

There is a Senator from Mass
Who is the perfect JACKASS
Asked how he had gotten by
Simple my party taught me to LIE
Has that caused you any stress
How could it we control the press
Do you have any regrets
Hell no i'm a decorated vet
Don't you have any shame
No the right wing conspiracy is to blame

The following courtesy of W... (Below threshold)
rls:

The following courtesy of World Net Daily:

Kerry Flip Flops- Just a few of them.
Dec 14, 2001- Three days later, he told CNN's Larry King: "I think we clearly have to keep the pressure on terrorism globally. This doesn't end with Afghanistan by any imagination. And I think the president has made that clear. I think we have made that clear. Terrorism is a global menace. It's a scourge. And it is absolutely vital that we continue, for instance, Saddam Hussein."
In the Democratic presidential primary debate May 3, 2003, he said: I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him."
On Jan. 11 of this year, NBC'S Tim Russert asked Kerry: "You said this about Howard Dean, and this is, I think, at the core of your candidacy against Howard Dean.' ... those who believe we are not safer with [Saddam Hussein's] capture don't have the judgment to be President, or the credibility to be elected President.
Last Month - asked by a group of reporters.ďknowing what we know now," would he have voted to give the president the authority to go to war in Iraq.
"Yes, I would have voted for the authority," said Kerry. "I believe it was the right authority for a president to have."
Yesterday - "Yet today, President Bush tells us that he would do everything all over again, the same way. How can he possibly be serious?" asked Kerry at New York University. "Is he really saying to Americans that if we had known there were no imminent threat, no weapons of mass destruction, no ties to al-Qaida, the United States should have invaded Iraq? My answer is resoundingly no because a commander in chief's first responsibility is to make a wise and responsible decision to keep America safe."

smithson_b, I wouldn't worr... (Below threshold)
michaelt:

smithson_b, I wouldn't worry about the multiple posts. Given the number of advisors Kerry has, it's kind of fitting.

"Do we fight Islamists in t... (Below threshold)
R.G.:

"Do we fight Islamists in the Middle East or do we fight the Islamofanatics here in the USA. Good thing Kerry and his minions weren't around during the Battle of the Bulge."

So, this was rationalization number 15 or 16? Yeah, they were planning on taking a boat over here and invading New Jersey. But now they will just go to Iraq. Bush is a genius!!

<a href="http://suzyrice... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Kerry's Ponderous Press...

It's fiction, I tell ya', fiction!

>How many times did he say ... (Below threshold)
msl:

>How many times did he say he had answered every question in his speech the day before? OK, then at least tell us what you SAID in that speech instead of just saying that it answered the question! Was that just a show to tell us that he has the same position today that he did yesterday?

Quite a few times actually. Listen here

FACTS:1) I am a De... (Below threshold)
thegooch:

FACTS:

1) I am a Democrat.

2) Saddam Hussein sponsors global terrorism.

3) George Bush removed Saddam with extreme prejudice after an attack on our soil by an Islamic terrorist group.

4) John Kerry, "our" candidate, can't make up his mind, and most recently has condemned Bush for protecting our country by attacking terrorism at its roots

THOSE ARE INDISPUTABLE FACTS.

Of the two, I trust Bush to fight terrorism and protect my family.

Dispute this, if you will:

"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." (Kerry, December 16, 2003)

"Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell. But that was not, in itself, a reason to go to war.[...] I believe the invasion of Iraq has made us less secure and weaker in the war against terrorism" (Kerry, September 20, 2004)

"I have always had ONE -- ONE position on Iraq." (Kerry, September 21, 2004)

What the hell is this man thinking, and how on earth did we choose him as our candidate? Surely we could have done better.

These facts are indefensible, no matter your affiliation. Kerry is a pathetic choice for a candidate in this critical time of war, and we have failed miserably with our choice.

Fellow Dems, vote for Bush, or don't vote at all. Don't disgrace the Democratic party by endorsing a fraud like Kerry. Our ideology must be set aside to protect our national safety and our very families. Think. Please.


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I can't wait till these deb... (Below threshold)

I can't wait till these debates happen, Bush is going to take Kerry apart, piece by piece, and Cheney will do the same to Edwards....the moonbats will have a s**tfit!

All political arguments asi... (Below threshold)

All political arguments aside, watching a fellow Catholic say ANYONE deserves a special place in Hell is a bit of a problem. We're supposed to believe that we don't know the extent of God's grace, and therefore that we can't determine for sure who goes where. Did he manage to change his thoughts on religion, too?

House Minority Leader Nancy... (Below threshold)
ko:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked why Seantor Kerry said that he would have "voted to give the president the authority to go to war" even had he known there were no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Pelosi replied: "I don't know."

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/Aug-26-Thu-2004/news/24624901.html

In all fairness to Senator ... (Below threshold)
Radish:

In all fairness to Senator Kerry, it's true that he does only have one position regarding Iraq...

...

...

(wait for it...)

...

...at a time! :)

FYI... <a href="http://wizb... (Below threshold)

FYI... Edwiges' comment above is plagiarized from a recent Victor Davis Hanson column. No attribution.

Whatsamatter kid, you work at CBS News or something?

Why does Senator Kerry dist... (Below threshold)
Susie Fomon:

Why does Senator Kerry distort all the facts and don't tell the American people about his true voting record, and how he wanted to go to Iqua and what he did when he came home from Viet Nam to hurt our sholdiers, and all about his so called plans, univeral health care, and having global meetings, when the President is now doing it its after 9/ll you know, we have to be procted and if that means being disliked by some so be it, I am definitely voting like many of my friends for our President, war time is not a time to change, it will just hurt us in the other parts of the world.

Why does Senator Kerry dist... (Below threshold)

Why does Senator Kerry distort all the facts and don't tell the American people about his true voting record, and how he wanted to go to Iqua and what he did when he came home from Viet Nam to hurt our sholdiers, and all about his so called plans, univeral health care, and having global meetings, when the President is now doing it its after 9/ll you know, we have to be procted and if that means being disliked by some so be it, I am definitely voting like many of my friends for our President, war time is not a time to change, it will just hurt us in the other parts of the world.




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