Monday, April 26, 2004
Senator John Kerry is asking for trouble:
Kerry Questions Bush Attendance in Guard in 70'sSo I guess that makes Charlie Gibson a surrogate of President Bush?
By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JODI WILGOREN
Mr. Kerry had previously declined to join other Democrats in raising questions about Mr. Bush's National Guard attendance record. But during a contentious interview on national television on Monday, when pressed on whether he threw away his Vietnam war medals in a protest in 1971, he defended himself and attacked the president.
"This is a controversy that the Republicans are pushing," Mr. Kerry said on "Good Morning America" on ABC. "The Republicans have spent $60 million in the last few weeks trying to attack me, and this comes from a president and a Republican Party that can't even answer whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. I'm not going to stand for it."
"When they start questioning what I did or didn't do 35 years ago, or said, on a personal level, I'm going to fight back," he told NBC News. "If George Bush wants to ask me questions about that through his surrogates, he owes America an explanation about whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. Prove it."...
Who believes that?!
The point here is that the medals/ribbons throwing and the awarding of Kerry's medals have about as much bearing on the campaign and election as President Bush's service in the National Guard.
For someone that is supposed to be comtemplative, this outburst doens't appear to be a smart move.
I think Kerry is getting rattled. Very rattled.