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July 11, 2004
Even The Washington Post Isn't Buying The Kerry Line

In an article headlined "Kerry Vows To Restore 'Truth' to Presidency," the Washington Post manages to highlight at least two lies Kerry and Edwards push in just this one story:

President Bush has governed in a dishonest fashion, trampling values on every issue except fighting terrorism and leaving voters "clamoring for restoration of credibility and trust in the White House again," John F. Kerry and John Edwards said in an interview. ...

"We have not stood up and attacked our opponents in personal ways," Kerry said.

This week alone, Kerry has criticized Bush personally in speeches for lying, professional laziness, waiting until right before the election to indict Enron Corp.'s former chief executive, Kenneth L. Lay, lacking values and even having worse hair than the two Democrats. Some advisers are privately counseling Kerry to tone down his attacks on Bush.

Kerry can't even get out of an interview about honesty without telling a whopper. Not only did Jim VanderHei and Dan Balz catch him in that fib, but no observer can honestly say that the Democrats and their proxies have not waged one of the most bitter and personal sustained attacks on a president in at least a century of campaigning. Take, for instance, the fundraiser from last Thursday -- which Kerry managed to squeeze into his schedule despite claiming to be too busy to receive a security briefing. At this official campaign event, with both Kerry and Edwards in attendance, the fundraiser produced this rhetoric:

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."

Yes, I've quoted this before, but now take a look at what John-John says about the fundraiser (emphasis mine):

The Democratic nominee and his running mate said it was that kind of anger toward the president that prompted entertainers at Thursday's Democratic fundraising concert in New York to attack Bush as a "cheap thug" and a killer. "Obviously some performers, in my judgment and John's, stepped over a line neither of us believes appropriate, but we can't control that," Kerry said. "On the other hand, we understand the anger, we understand the frustration."

They can't control what happens at their own campaign events? No one spent a lot of time checking out what remarks these loose Hollywood cannons would say, plainly because no one really cared. Kerry and Edwards had not one negative word to say about these tasteless performances until word leaked out to the general public about what was said -- and now they claim that they disapproved of it all along. They laughed only up to the point they frowned.

If they want to start debating truth and honesty, once again ... those three little words ought to cover it.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 11, 2004 8:17 AM

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