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July 9, 2004
Kerry: I Don't Have Time For Briefings

On CNN last night, Larry King interviewed John Kerry on the status of his campaign for president. On literally the first substantial question of the interview, Kerry demonstrated why he is unfit for the presidency during a time of war:

[KING:]Let's get to, first thing's first, news of the day. Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States, didn't increase the -- do you see any politics in this? What's your reaction?

KERRY: Well, I haven't been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me; I just haven't had time [emph mine -- CE]. But all Americans are united in our efforts to defeat terrorism.

I believe that John Edwards and I can wage a far more effective war on terror than George Bush has. I think we can do a better job of making America safe. But in these days ahead, we all join together no matter what.

I'd say it's hard for Kerry to know what he can do in waging war on terrorists if he doesn't even have time to be briefed on our progress and the threats arrayed against us. Is he kidding? What could possibly be more important to a nation at war, and to its leadership, than to maintain a constant pulse on intelligence and military operations? The Bush administration even offered to get him in for a briefing, and apparently he refused.

Expect to see this on a Bush campaign ad really soon. It demonstrates that the Democratic nominee does not take this issue seriously, especially when you see where he happened to go after his interview with King ended. Here's the briefing that Kerry and Edwards felt was more important than a national-security briefing:

Whoopi Goldberg delivered an X-rated rant full of sexual innuendoes against President Bush last night at a Radio City gala that raised $7.5 million for the newly minted Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards.

Waving a bottle of wine, she fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia, and boasted that she'd refused to let Team Kerry clear her material. ...

Singer John Mellencamp sang a specially written song that called the president "just another cheap thug" and ridiculed him as the "Texas bambino." ...

Also on the Bush-bashing team was comedian Chevy Chase, who claimed the president is dumb as "an egg-timer" and said Edwards will make Vice President Dick Cheney look "as bright as a bundt cake" when they debate next fall. Latin comedian John Leguizamo said he refuses to believe there are any Hispanic Republicans, claiming that's "an oxymoron," because "Latins for Republicans - it's like roaches for Raid." ...

Kerry could be seen laughing uproariously during part of Goldberg's tirade - and neither he nor Edwards voiced a single objection to its tone when they spoke to the crowd. They hailed the fund-raiser as a great event. Edwards said it was "a great honor" to be there and insisted, "This campaign will be a celebration of real American values."

So this is the Democratic ticket -- they feel that vulgar "comedy" and stuffing money into their pockets from Hollywood elite take a higher priority than determining the safety and security of our country. If you agree with Edwards that this celebrates "real American values," you have your dream ticket right here. For the rest of us with functioning cerebral cortexes, this shows without a doubt that the Kerry/Edwards ticket is a fiasco for America.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 9, 2004 8:52 AM

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