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"Stop putting words in my mouth!"
    #2658535 - 05/10/04 01:02 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Kerry's just parroting his speechwriters
http://www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn09.html


John Kerry said something amazing the other day. He was talking to the Wall Street Journal and was asked about his many attacks on ''Benedict Arnold CEOs'' -- for example: ''We will repeal every single benefit, every single loophole, every single reward for any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation that take American jobs overseas and stick you with the bill.'' (Kerry in Virginia, Feb. 10)

Senator Flippy has now decided this line is nonoperative. As he told the chaps at the Journal, ''You know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said 'Look, that's not what I'm saying.' Benedict Arnold does not refer to somebody who in the normal course of business is going to go overseas and take jobs overseas. That happens. I support that. I understand that. I was referring to the people who take advantage of noneconomic transactions purely for tax purposes -- sham transactions -- and give up American citizenship. That's a Benedict Arnold. You give up your American citizenship but you want to continue to do business.''

Got that? When Kerry talks about ''any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation that takes American jobs overseas,'' he's not referring to someone who ''takes jobs overseas.'' Perish the thought! He's all in favor of taking jobs overseas. It wasn't him who attacked all those ''Benedict Arnold CEOs,'' just his ''overzealous speechwriters.'' And the minute he discovered it was going on, he called them to say, ''Look, that's not what I'm saying.''

I mean, OK, it was what he was saying in the narrow technical sense of words emerging from between his lips, day after day, night after night, all through primary season. I had a quick rummage through the Nexis database, and found a mere 746 citations for Kerry and the expression ''Benedict Arnold.'' I myself have personally been present on three occasions when he attacked ''Benedict Arnold CEOs'' who ''take jobs overseas,'' and on two of them he didn't have a TelePrompTer or even a script. He just stood in front of us and the words came out of his mouth, almost as if they were what he himself believed.

Happily, he's now explained to us that what he was saying is not what he was saying. He's like one of those sitcom actresses -- Cybill Shepherd, say -- who complain the writers didn't get her character right until the second season. But now Johnnifer Kerriston has got his character down pat. Although we all left those New Hampshire campaign rallies with the impression that ''Benedict Arnold'' was a term he reserved for CEOs who ''take jobs overseas,'' it's clear it now refers to CEOs who ''give up American citizenship.'' This is apparently a huge problem. Because of tax loopholes, thousands of CEOs find it advantageous to take out Mexican citizenship, swim back to America and work as ''undocumented executives.''

Well, it's good to know the senator has finally found a way to neutralize the flip-flop question. Many of us assumed that, when he was for the war and then he was against it and then he was for it again, that he kept changing his mind. But now it's possible he was just being entirely consistent -- he's always been for it, or against it, it's just that his ''overzealous speechwriters'' kept putting the wrong words in his mouth.

Boy, those Benedict Arnold speechwriters who take the hard-earned money of decent, honest American politicians and salt it away in their Cayman Islands bank accounts, there oughta be a law against it. Given their uncanny ability to make Kerry say what he doesn't mean at six campaign stops a day, is it possible these overzealous speechwriters are part of the ''Republican attack machine''?

Or is this a typically shrewd move by the Kerry campaign? Democratic operatives have long dismissed the moron Bush as incapable of stringing two words together without puppetmaster Dick Cheney shoving his arm up the back of the coat. By announcing that he too is merely a brainless stooge reading out whatever's put in front of him, the senator could seriously cut into Bush's base in key swing states. It takes a smart guy like Kerry to position himself as such a dummy. Unless, of course, it's the new speechwriters who did it for him.

Maybe that's why he (and they) did it again. Lawrence Kaplan reports in the New Republic about a meeting the senator had with Jewish leaders to assuage their concerns about his offer to dispatch Jimmy Carter or James Baker (both regarded as pro-Arab) to the Middle East. ''One of the first things Kerry did at the meeting was to blame his aides for the mention of Carter and Baker as possible envoys in his December speech,'' writes Kaplan. ''The names, Kerry said, had been inserted by mistake, and he had even asked that they be removed.''

But apparently his request to the overzealous speechwriters to remove the names was turned down. So Kerry dutifully went ahead and read out the speech complete with the mistakenly inserted names. ''There are a number of uniquely qualified Americans among whom I would consider appointing, including President Carter, former Secretary of State James Baker or, as I suggested almost two years ago, President Clinton,'' he told the bigwigs at the Council on Foreign Relations. ''And I might add, I have had conversations with both President Clinton and President Carter about their willingness to do this.'' So not only did he read out the mistakenly inserted names he'd asked to be removed from the speech but he even went ahead and met with one of the mistakes about offering him a key role he didn't want him to have.

Why would he do this? The New Republic obtained this explanation from the campaign: ''The candidate eventually did speak with Carter -- but only after noticing that a draft of his speech said that he spoke with Carter.''

Those pesky speechwriters again! As Slate's Mickey Kaus mused, what's next? ''Kerry reveals he went to Vietnam after reading a draft of his autobiography that said he went to Vietnam?''

Who is John Kerry? They weren't his medals he threw away, just some non-name World War II vet he happened to bump into. Those aren't his four gas-guzzling SUVs in the drive, just ones owned by his ''family.'' They're not his words coming out of his mouth, just words wholly owned and operated by employees of a subsidiary unit of his wife's holding company, Benedict Arnold Heinz Kerry Campaign Rhetoric Inc., registered in Bermuda.

It takes a big man to blame everyone around him. Which is at last a rationale for the Kerry campaign: If you're the kind of fellow who likes blaming your underlings, at least when you're president there's no end of underlings to blame.


May 9, 2004
MARK STEYN SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

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A note to the regular readers of this forum -- no, this is not an article from The Onion or from Scrappleface. This is not satire. Kerry (and his handlers) really did say these things.

Steyn's opinions on what this signifies are of course his own, but the quotes are real ones. They are not made up. A quick Google search will confirm this.

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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Phred]
    #2658733 - 05/10/04 01:50 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

My finger is going to hurt for a week after I flip that switch voting for Kerry.


How the hell did he get the Democrat nomination?

How the hell did Bush beat McCain in the last election for the Republican nomination?

Why God, why are Americans so incapable of makng intelligent choices.


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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2658754 - 05/10/04 01:58 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Ah, but you see, he hasn't yet got the nomination. The convention hasn't been held yet. There's still time to give Kerry the boot and go with Al Sharpton or Dennis Kucinich.

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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2658773 - 05/10/04 02:03 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

We cant make intelligent choices cause were racially inferior....duh


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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Phred]
    #2658836 - 05/10/04 02:22 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I'd go for Kucinich or Clark.


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    #2658864 - 05/10/04 02:31 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I'd go for Lieberman. Maybe Edwards if someone put a gun to my head.

It doesn't matter anyway. If I had the right to vote, I'd vote Libertarian.

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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Phred]
    #2659319 - 05/10/04 01:30 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Lieberman scares me.

I wish McCain was president.


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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: afoaf]
    #2659654 - 05/10/04 03:22 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Kucinich seems like the best choice to me, but then again I'm canadian so it really doesn't matter...


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Re: The Dead Parrot Sketch revisited [Re: Phred]
    #2659753 - 05/10/04 03:53 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Kucinich is too liberal for America; GW would kick his ass.

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Well, it's good to know the senator has finally found a way to neutralize the flip-flop question. Many of us assumed that, when he was for the war and then he was against it and then he was for it again, that he kept changing his mind. But now it's possible he was just being entirely consistent -- he's always been for it, or against it, it's just that his ''overzealous speechwriters'' kept putting the wrong words in his mouth.




I made a post about this earlier, that didn't garner much attention:
Kerry and Iraq
The gist is that Kerry does have a consistent position on Iraq.


In his campaign, Kerry has emphasized that he will change the way that American corporations that manufacture for export in other countries are taxed, and use the revenue generated to lower overall corporate taxes.


If he failed to say exactly what he meant every time, or if what he meant was hidden under rhetoric, I don't mind so much. Bush's faults are far greater, even if he'll never admit to having any.

I just hope Kerry gets his team together better before long, because this silly shit does give amunition to his opponents.


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Re: "Stop putting words in my mouth!" [Re: Phred]
    #2659996 - 05/10/04 05:28 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Happily, he's now explained to us that what he was saying is not what he was saying.



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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