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That oughta clear up that whole "flip-flop" image...

Some days, these things just write themselves. I just gotta step back and let the keyboard do its own thing. This is one of those days.

I've groused before about all these mailing lists people put me on (TruthOut, The Ayn Rand Society, Hillary Clinton, etc. etc.) without asking me first, but every now and then they give me such great blogging material that it almost -- almost makes it worthwhile. Last night it happened again.

One of the biggest slams against John Kerry has been his reputation as a "flip-flopper," as one who tries to take positions on both sides of an issue. We saw that in Viet Nam, when he served and then attacked the war. Noted Boston newspaper columnist/talk show host/gadfly Howie Carr repeatedly tells the story of a Kerry constituent who wrote to Kerry over some issue, and got back two letters in the same envelope -- one letter agreeing with the constituent, one letter disagreeing with him. And, of course, the infamous "I actually did vote for the $87 billion -- before I voted against it" quote.

Well, Kerry has figured out how to not only finally drive a stake through the heart of that image, but to also pander to his supporters at the same time.

Last night, I got an e-mail titles "March Madness - Get your bracket here" from Kerry's campaign. It seems that since Kerry's decided not to run due to illness (the American people are sick of him), he's going to put his campaign resources behind a few candidates running for Congress next year.

And just who will receive the imprimatur of Lurch? Why, he can't decide.

I am serious. He can't.

So he is asking everyone to vote and help him choose from eight representatives and four senators who will be up for re-election next November.

One has to wonder how the losing senators and representatives will feel towards Kerry after this latest silliness is over.

But that's not relevant. As a Boston pol noted at a St. Patrick's Day roast several years ago, John Forbes Kerry is known as "JFK" -- "Just For Kerry." Everyone else is disposable to him.

So, if you feel like having a little fun, head on over and cast your votes for the Democratic lawmakers who you think are most worthy of John Kerry's Kiss of Death. If nothing else, it'll be fun.

(Full text of the Kerry letter below the fold)

Dear Friend,

March Madness is here.

Only this time it's not just a chance to follow your favorite team through the NCAA brackets -- it's time to fill out your first bracket of 2007 to decide which great Democrats the johnkerry.com community will rally behind this spring.

It's your chance to choose which candidates to support.

Please click the link below and vote for 2 Senators and 2 Representatives you want to advance to the final bracket.


Over the last two years, you mobilized to deliver over 14 million dollars to help win a Democratic House and Senate.

Now the Republicans are applying political heat on our Democratic majority -- it's an ugly version of Republican "March Madness" as they work overtime to damage our leaders who are fighting for your agenda.

Our Democratic majority must be sustained and a strong show of early fundraising is the best way to show that we stand by those who want to change the direction of our country.

The Republicans are targeting many great Democrats for tough re-election fights in 2008. So please vote to see which of these courageous candidates we will help this month. This early money can be an important signal to any potential challengers that these Democrats will fight and fight hard. Voting ends Sunday at midnight ET, so vote right away.

Please click the link below and vote for 2 U.S. Senators and 2 U.S. Representatives you want to see advance to the final bracket.


Thank you,

John Kerry

Comments (15)

From Kerry's Letter:<... (Below threshold)

From Kerry's Letter:

Now the Republicans are applying political heat on our Democratic majority -- it's an ugly version of Republican "March Madness" as they work overtime to damage our leaders who are fighting for your agenda

Actually it is the left fringe of the party that claims they own the Democrats that are applying political heat. It's more like "moonbat madness".

After all, it is the left that keeps telling us that November's results were a mandate on ending the war, yet Democrats will not follow their marching orders and cut off funding. They will only introduce resolutions they know are dead on arrival and the left is not buying it.

Kerry may have to donate to those Democrats that need protection from their key constituency, the moonbats.

Kerry is just wanting to bu... (Below threshold)

Kerry is just wanting to build his mailing list back up. BTW, I voted 4 times in your name, Jay. Heh.

OMG, what a freaking joke. ... (Below threshold)

OMG, what a freaking joke. Kerry, that is.

Why does this poor schmuck ... (Below threshold)

Why does this poor schmuck remind people so directly that he sat on $15,000,000 at the end of his Presidential campaign, and trickled a pittance out to Dems in '06? He couldn't buy a vote before, and he can't buy a friend, now.

You know, if he remains in public life, I'm probably gonna start feeling sorry for him. One Swift kick in the pants, and he fell apart.

From <a href="http://www.so... (Below threshold)

From http://www.solidpolitics.com

Philip de Vellis, a consultant working on Barack Obama's campaign,
admitted today that he produced the infamous "1984" Hillary Clinton attack
De Vellis also blogged on Walmartwatch.com, an anti-Wal-Mart website
partially funded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The
union's president, Andrew Stern, serves on the board of directors of the
website. In blog postings, de Vellis railed against Wal-Mart.

Hillary Clinton served on the Wal-Mart's board of directors for six years.... MUCH MORE at http://www.solidpolitics.com

With all the news out there... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

With all the news out there to pick from this is the "news" you choose?

wow. i'm impressed.

cb:1) You wanna sh... (Below threshold)


1) You wanna show us how it's all done? We got a whole web site -- The Bomb Squad -- where you can write your own stuff to your heart's content.

2) I write about whatever I find interesting AND I think I can add something to the mix. If something doesn't grab me, I don't write about it. I was once told by a writing teacher that if I don't find something interesting, there's no way in hell I'm going to make it interesting for others.

3) My 11:00 piece ought to make that little vein in your head explode. It just took a bit of time to pull together; this one was easy, so I tossed it out first.


civil behavior:... (Below threshold)

civil behavior:

With all the news out there to pick from this is the "news" you choose? wow. i'm impressed.

And what's he supposed to say? That the war he's supported right along and continues to support is the greatest geopolitical blunder in American history? That the people and the causes he supports and adores are going down, and fast? Get a grip, man.

wow. i'm impressed.<br ... (Below threshold)

wow. i'm impressed.
Posted by: civil behavior

I'll second J, in fact I'll offer another solution. Hers' a free blog so you can blather to your little heart's content.

It even has the added benefits of you being your own editor vice a pseudo editor and secondly you won't sully the server here with your mostly off topic and nonsensical tripe.

And what's he supposed to say?

Exactly what he said. What he wanted to, not what you desire.

You desire something else use the link provided.

The "stifling of free speech" rant will commence in 5,4,3,2,1.... seconds.

astigafa you are a assclown... (Below threshold)

astigafa you are a assclown. Go smear and smirk somewhere else.

No, Michael, astigafa and c... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

No, Michael, astigafa and civil behavior both are merely pathetic. Nothing worthwhile to contribute, just general whining and kvetching.

How will the "losing" Repre... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

How will the "losing" Representatives and Senators feel about it? This is how they will feel about it: "Whew! Dodged that bullet!"

Forget how the losers feel,... (Below threshold)

Forget how the losers feel, how will his constituents feel if he is basing his decision on people who say nice things about him vs. the people he is supposedly there to represent?

Heh. Just had a vision of a... (Below threshold)

Heh. Just had a vision of a "votefortheloser.com" moment. Kerry could set up a website....

Hey, maybe 'The Video' is T... (Below threshold)

Hey, maybe 'The Video' is Teresa money sticking it to both the frontrunners.






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