Kerry camp crying foul too often?


July 5, 2004, 06:29 PM
Is it just me, or does it seem that Kerry's campaign complains too often when the Bush camp attacks? I don't remember this much snivelling in prior presidential campaigns.

For example, the Kerry surrogates are all over the newspapers and on TV expressing shock that the Bush campaign would use images of Hitler in their ads. However, the images of Hitler are from a ad (which, of course, the Kerry campaign has no control over--wink, wink). The snippet from the ad follows footage of Gore shrieking and Kerry yelling. Seems to me that showing the other side out of control is fair.

Another example. One of Kerry's latest ads, which is designed to make him appear thoughtful, makes references to his book, A Call to Service. Bush surrogates have been criticizing statements Kerry made in the book. And now the Kerry surrogates are complaining that the Bush camp is using quotes from a book written in 1997, and one that is out of print. Seems to me that if Kerry wants to mention that he wrote a book--he is, after all, a Yale grad, you know--then the book is fair target.

Yet another example. For those who are tuning in late to this program, John Kerry was in Viet Nam. In fact, he subtly refers to his service in many of his TV ads. Yet, when Bush surrogates question his three months in country or his anti-war activities in the 70's, the Kerry camp cries "foul" again.

Still another example. Teresa Heinz-Kerry (gawd, I hate hyphenated names) laid into Bush publicly, and received a fair amount of air time. When the Bush camp returned fire by noting the rich heiress' involvement with ultra-left groups, John Kerry whined that his wife was not part of the political campaign and was thus to be left alone.

There's many other examples I could cite, but it seems to me that either Kerry or his controllers are too quick to complain when Kerry gets attacked. GW has been under constant bombardment for over four years, yet he seems to be able to restrain himself and his people when responding to the attacks. Well, there was that comment about Adam Clymer, and Dick Cheney did tell Patrick Leahy what he could do with himself, but those statements weren't for the record, and I find them endearing.

So, what's your .02 on this? If Kerry can't stand the heat of the campaign, can he stand the heat of the office?

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July 5, 2004, 07:05 PM
Any time you get involved in a mud slinging contest, you're bound to get dirty. Any time campaign X tosses some mud at campaign Y, are you saying that campaign Y should not toss some mud back at campaign X?

For the record, I dislike campaign X and campaign Y at the moment. In my opinion, both stand for not very nice things and hence I dislike both of them. That is my 2 cents.

July 5, 2004, 07:20 PM
You do realize he served in Vietnam, right? :neener:

Standing Wolf
July 5, 2004, 07:40 PM
Leftist extremists are professional complainers.

R.H. Lee
July 5, 2004, 07:49 PM
It's their trademark

July 6, 2004, 11:32 AM
IMHO, both parties are too whiney... but the leftists get a lot more mileage since they have the major newspapers and network news to help spread their complaints (whinning) in the guise of legitimate concerns whereas the whinning from the right is always portrayed as whinning by mainstream media...

So you average Joe/Jane on the street is constantly bombarded with a message that the guys on the right whine about the ones on the left, and the ones on the left are always victimized by those on the right.

July 6, 2004, 11:43 AM
They whine. That's all they do. It gets them votes.

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