Thursday, March 18, 2004


Except on this one, you don't have to watch too closely...this one will track you down and slap you in the face.
"I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

- John F. Kerry, March 16, 2004. defending (I guess!) his votes against the Iraq supplemental funding bill, a bill to ensure the Soldiers had the tools they need to do the job we gave them.
Do you detect a resemblence to "That depends on what the meaning of "is" is"?

America doesn't need this. And America's Soldier's can do without the duplicity of this sort of "veteran".

Barbara Comstock has more insight on Kerry's political opportunism at NRO
The bill also provided extra money for body armor for soldiers. Even the Washington Post editorialized in favor of the bill.

So how did the Democratic presidential candidates vote? Lieberman and Gephardt supported the troops along with liberal-Democratic colleagues such as Tom Daschle, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, and even Hillary Clinton. In the Senate, the vote was 87 to 12.

Only eleven Democrats and independent Senator Jim Jeffords voted against the $87 billion.

So, what did Senator Kerry do? He did what he has done for two decades in his Senate career: He stuck his finger in the wind. Then he voted in the way he thought would best help his chance for the Democratic nomination...

John Kerry was more interested in sending the "right signal" to the extremists in his party, whom he was trying to peel away from the soon-to-be unhinged Howard Dean.

Or perhaps he was trying to send the "right signal" to all of those "foreign leaders" (or "more leaders") around the world who, he claims, want to see him as president.

But what John Kerry really did with that vote was to send the "right signal" to the American people that he is not prepared for the tough and principled decisions that a commander-in-chief must make when a nation is at war.
Finally, here is the clearest explanation of just what this vote meant:
Kerry's...stance is that he voted for an amendment that would have approved the $87 billion if the tax cuts were rolled back. Without that in the bill he voted against it...

Kerry valued raising taxes more than he valued giving our troops the support they needed.

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