Democracy Now…and Then

I just saw this quote from John Kerry regarding another run at the presidency:

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated� all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,� he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.�

That’s great to hear, tough guy. It’s only two years too late, Mr. Kerry. Do you know who was defending your record two years ago? Do you know who was out there making the case that a man who actually fought in the Vietnam War should not even be in the same room as George W. Bush? Do you know who said that it was ridiculous and hypocritical to paint a war veteran as a coward while wrapping a failed war and its leader in a flag and calling any opponent unpatriotic?

Me! I did! I made that case, again and again, and I’d make it again because it’s true and it’s the right one, but it wouldn’t make a bit of difference now. God dammit!

In contrast, Bill Clinton and his administration caught wind of some factual errors and gross misrepresentations of their actions during the 90’s in relation to Osama bin Laden and the growing threat of terrorism that were to be depicted in a made-for-tv docu-drama. Before it was even shown they had raised enough of a stink to force the filmmakers to go back and re-edit some scenes. And in the process they made clear what the truth was and didn’t allow the revisionists to take history and tilt it towards the right.

What they had done, Mr. Kerry, is defend their honor and their record without hesitation and with considerable force. They had “kicked ass” in a timely fashion. For a shitty movie that not many saw and will have little-to-no-impact on anything at all, they set the record straight.

Don’t even think of running again. Don’t. Even. Think about it.

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