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August 17, 2004
Kerry Can't Dance, But He'll Steal Your Credit

John Fogerty appears to be a big fan of John Kerry, and the admiration surely is mutual. Kerry, in fact, seems to be an embodiment of Fogerty's song "Zaenz Can't Dance". In an unbelievable gaffe ten days ago, the Kerry campaign fired back at allegations made by the Bush campaign that Kerry was a no-show at Senate Intelligence Committee meetings a whopping 76% of the time by claiming, in part, that Kerry had been the Vice-Chairman of the committee:


Narrator: "And after the first attack on the World Trade Center Kerry proposed cutting intelligence by $7.5 billion and missed over 3/4 of the Senate Intelligence Committee public hearings. Just like clockwork."


John Kerry is an Experienced Leader in the Intelligence Field - - John Kerry served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for 6 years and is the former Vice Chairman of the Committee.

Well, for a real credibility gap, there's no place like Kerry. Or is it Kerrey? Because it turns out that Kerry/Edwards can't distingiush JFK from former Senator Bob Kerrey, who actually was the SSCI Vice-Chairman. Eugene Volokh notes the discrepancy, as well as Robert Tagorda:

The LexisNexis Congressional Page, whose member profiles go back to the 1997-1998 session, provides the following intelligence-committee ranks for Kerry:

108th Congress (2003-2004): Not a member
107th Congress (2001-2002): Not a member
106th Congress (1999-2000): 3
105th Congress (1997-1998): 4

If John Kerry was the Vice-Chairman, he would have to have been the second-ranking member of the committee, a position he never attained.

Volokh commented that he wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the staffer who made that mistake. That staffer, however, seems to be following in the footsteps of the candidate himself, who has made a career of assuming the work of others into his personal narrative -- real people like Lt. Ted Peck and his actions on 29 January 1969, and fictional characters like Captain Benjamin Willard from Apocalypse Now.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 17, 2004 5:59 AM

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