Get your motor running; fasten your seat belt -- Rip Van Better Kick Ass Kerry has awakened from his long slumber
This morning I read something that I don't even want to go back and look for. Something about the Kerry campaign has come up with a theme involving "wrong" and "direction" I recall.
I thought to myself. Damn. I saw the lines by Sen. Edwards in the earlier post from today entitled "At least one Senator realizes that the goal of a Presidential campaign is to win -- Thanks Senator Edwards" telling Osama bin Laden to watch out, that we know who attacked us rather than who our leaders felt like attacking.
And I thought to myself, rather than a theme, Kerry needs to try a little dash of give 'em hell Harry Truman along with a healthy dose of tell us Americans how it is.
Tell us Americans that what he and John Edwards are going to have to do before moving to bigger and better things -- and pardon his French, but if the Veep can get away with the f word on the U.S. Senate floor, maybe the Pope will forgive him for his use of the s word -- is to clean up the shit that Bush and Cheney have made and gotten us into in Iraq as they have caused terrorism to increase rather than subside.
But Kerry say this? With or without his nuances, I must believe in the tooth fairy.
And then to make matters worse I saw a Washington Post article reporting that "as Kerry's poll numbers waned along with the sunny days of summer, some party leaders began to grumble that Edwards was not doing his part," and thought, yeah, blame the "Yes" answer and every other screwup of this disaster campaign on the only one who hasn't tripped to date, the Senator from North Carolina.
But just when things seem as if they couldn't get any worse, bang.
JFK comes alive and swinging, and delivers a scathing critique of President Bush's leadership in the war on terrorism and the Iraq war, charging that Bush's "colossal failures of judgment" and "reckless mistakes" have weakened U.S. national security and mired the country in a costly conflict with no end in sight.
And damn all of his flipping and flopping to date, Kerry sucks it up and wisely says what he should have said in the first place -- the Bush administration's "stubborn incompetence" has created a mess in the country and that "a fresh start" is needed under new leadership.
Senator Kerry, never forget. It is never too late to tell the truth. We like hearing the truth, especially from politicians.
Thus, we don't care, and damned the fact that you said you agreed with Bush in his "Yes" answer. Just go ahead and say what America already knew, that is, that Bush "misused that authority" and rushed to war based on faulty rationales without sufficient international support and without a long-term plan.
Keep going Brother Kerry, keep going. Tell it all; tell it all. We love it. We need it. You need it. The country needs it. Kerry continues:
"Yet today, President Bush tells us that he would do everything all over again, the same way," Kerry said. "How can he possibly be serious? Is he really saying to America that if we knew there were no imminent threat, no weapons of mass destruction, no ties to al Qaeda, the United States should have invaded Iraq? My answer, resoundingly: no -- because a commander-in-chief's first responsibility is to make a wise and responsible decision to keep America safe."
Now, Kerry tells us what we have been begging him to say: Bush you are trying to justify the invasion by pointing to Hussein's "capability" to acquire weapons of mass destruction, a rationale far different from that presented to the nation and Congress. "That is not a reason today; it is an excuse," Kerry says.
"Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell," Kerry says. "But that was not, in itself, a reason to go to war. The satisfaction we take in his downfall does not hide this fact: we have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."
I love it. Tighten your seat belts my friends. We are going on a ride, with or without our senior U.S. Senator.