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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:37 PM
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Firedoglake says, "Three Cheers for Kerry"
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 11:39 PM by whometense

While several high-profile Democrats have called upon Holy Joe to drop his Cut-and-Run 2006 bid, nobody has yet used the direct rhetoric that John Kerry did today in speaking about the situation (video C&L):

    George Stephanopoulos: Senator Lieberman said your policy is going to "strengthen the terrorists." Are you concerned that his independent candidacy, him out there making the Republican case for the mid-terms is going to hurt Democrats across the country?

    John Kerry: I am concerned that he is making the Republican case and hes uttering almost the same words as Vice President Cheney, and I think its inappropriate.


    The fact is Joe Lieberman is out of step with the people of Connecticut. I believe that hes just dead wrong with respect to the war. And to adopt the rhetoric of Dick Cheney, who has been wrong about almost everything he has said about Iraq, shows you just exactly why he got in trouble with the Democrats there.

    Dick Cheney said the insurgency was in its "last throes." Dick Cheney is the guy who said theyre going to be "welcomed with flowers," that this was going to be a cakewalk. The fact is that whats happening in Iraq today is a reflection of an internal struggle between Sunni and Shia and the lack of the resolution is something thats crying out for diplomatic and political solution. The continued rhetoric of this administration, and Joe Lieberman adopting it, I think is a huge mistake for Joe, and obviously the people of Connecticut are going to make their own decision.

Lieberman ought to be tied to Cheney. Theirs is a long-term love affair.

Kerry has done the right thing before he had the courage to lead the filibuster against Alito even though he knew all the hacks were going to accuse him of pandering to the base. I suppose thats a bad thing in a world where youre expected to be pandering to lobbyists, money and power, but Kerry now looks prophetic Alito is a third-rate legal mind who owes his fealty to the fundies and Kerrys actions will be well remembered both in the blogoshere and the history books. His decision to cut through the crap and forcefully call out Holy Joe for what he is doing will no doubt likewise serve his legacy well.

I say, three cheers for Jane Hamsher!
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:42 PM
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1. Excellent!
The last paragraph is sweet! A perfect reading.
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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:49 AM
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2. check out this comment!!

puppethead @

I thought Kerry was a great presidential candidate. Far from perfect, but under normal circumstances he ran a good campaign. And, having seen him at a rally, I found him quite inspiring. Democrats should feel good about him representing the party.

Having said that, there are still too many in the party structure who do not understand what they're up against. Kerry's campaign suffered from that. The GOP is interested in holding onto power, at any cost. They don't care about democracy. They want to control this country.

and now, to bed...
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:07 AM
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5. Terrific! Nailed it! n/t
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_dynamicdems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 04:00 AM
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3. Terrific!
I love posts like this.

People are starting to realize what we've known all along.

:happy dance: Owch, I think I hurt something. I'll just applaud next time. :D
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:50 AM
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4. I like ABC NEws story about the interview

Sen. Kerry Calls Iraq "A Disaster of Catastrophic Proportions"

Kerry also criticized President Bush's approach to the troubled region.

"I know that I would have handled the diplomacy," he said.

Kerry connected the hostilities between Israel and Lebanon to Iraq, once again proclaiming, "I believe the president's policy in Iraq is a disaster of catastrophic proportions." He said his more diplomatic approach to Iraq might have prevented the instability the region currently faces.

Regarding the 2008 presidential content, Kerry remained uncommitted, but dismissed early polls that seem to frame Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as a leading contender.

"George, you're talking to somebody who was once 30 points down," Kerry said. "My decision will not be based on any poll. It will be based on my vision for the direction of the country."

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