The bottom line: Most of America would absolutely agree with Kerry's observation. What the noise machine would like to do is to blur that fact by questioning a combat veteran's loyalty to the troops (SwiftBoating Part II, if you will). Coming to Kerry's defense is the other warhorse with a little experience in the matter, Max Cleland:
"John Kerry is a patriot who has fought tooth and nail for veterans ever since he came home from Vietnam. He has stood with his brothers in arms unlike this administration, which exploits our troops to make a political point and divide America," Cleland said in a statement.
[I heard that Bill O’Reilly, of all people, said that Kerry’s actual meaning was clear. Is it so?]
The biggest saboteurs are right here in our own party, not having the guts to give their names:
"He has already cost us one election. The guy just needs to keep his mouth shut until after the election," a top Democratic strategist said Tuesday.
[Thus ‘a top Democratic strategist’ seeks to perpetuate the Democratic practice of attack by staying behind cover.]
How about the geniuses on our side keep THEIR mouths shut if they can't muster up enough balls to agree with most of America on Iraq? Dear God, if the so-called strategists in our party are going to let the crackheads in the White House define what our people say and run with it as gospel truth, then hand in your goddamn voter registration cards and hit the bricks. We have no use for you.
[Actually there’s the job of Commandant of Stalag 13.]
[Tomorrow Keith Olbermann is going to deliver another Special Comment, addressing the Bushist ‘response’ to Mr. Kerry. His program runs from 7-8 and 11-12 Central Time (8-9 and 12-1 Eastern; Mountain and Pacific a mystery; Hawaiian, various Alaskan times, Atlantic, and oddball Newfoundland Time an even bigger mystery) on MSNBC.]