Needless to say, this is the new Howard Dean Yawp Clip. It took 24 hours for it to simmer, but now it's all the rage (pun unintended). All the news shows I've tuned into are running this repeatedly with the same outcue: The White House is demanding an apology, calling the statement "angry rhetoric."
Predictably, the right wing mouthpieces are getting out their 6-foot-wide paintbrushes to make Kerry seem treasonous. NewsMax says:
If you dare to challenge Sen. John Kerry, you're part of "the most crooked ... lying group" he has ever seen.And this gem from Bush-Cheney campaign chairman Marc Racicot:
"Senator Kerry's statement today in Illinois was unbecoming of a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America, and tonight we call on Senator Kerry to apologize to the American people for this negative attack. On the day that Senator Kerry emerged as his party's presumptive nominee, the president called to congratulate him. That goodwill gesture has been met by attacks and false statements."You remember the day of that phone call, don't you? That was the day before Bush blasted Kerry for being in Washington long enough to take both sides of all the issues. Thus began the GOP's flip-flop meme which seems to have been designed to distract everyone away from noticing Bush's own waffling - which was MUCH more dangerous.
I have news for President Lying and Vice-President Crooked. Kerry's comment is probably going to ring truer with a lot more voters than your recent speeches declaring your plan to end the horrific economy implosion which your tax cuts created. Lying? Crooked? How EVER did Kerry come to that conclusion?
Let me spell it out for you.
You lied about Iraq. You lied about the economy. You lied about jobs (although your tax cuts DID create new jobs - overseas). You lied about supporting fire fighters. You lied about soldiers' benefits. You lied about taking "personal responsibility." You lied about financial commitment to the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
You achieved the presidency through crooked means. You war was a crooked bonanza for Halliburton. Your sale of Harken stock smacks of crookedness. Your war for sport has killed hundreds of ours and thousands of theirs. If that isn't criminal, I don't know what is.
Let's add to the mix what a reader to the L.A. Times said this morning:
What a brilliant ploy for the Bush administration to justify everything it does with its self-named "war on terror." Since terror is a state of mind, there can never be a declared end to this "war." It gives Bush carte blanche to do whatever he wants, including the suspension of legal protections and civil rights.You ARE liars. You ARE crooked. And with much more frightening results than Clinton's extramarital episode in which he was relentlessly labeled a liar AND a scumbag by Republicans. Your unfulfilled promise to restore dignity and honor to the White House was a direct attack on that. So spare me your tears over what John Kerry said.
John Kerry was speaking the truth, and he has no reason to apologize.
Google Bomb time! crooked +lying.