Saturday, October 16, 2004

John Kerry's Exploitation of Mary Cheney

As the furor over John Kerry's use of Mary Cheney in an attempt to drive a wedge between President Bush and his religious base grows, people are becoming more and more angry. Both sides are angry, but few have the ability to put that voice to anger as Bill Kristol does. Bill Kristol ia a conservative, but he has been particulary hard on President Bush in the past. This fact makes his column in The Weekly Standard all the more devastating. He begins his column with John Kerry's quote fromt eh debate and his spin from the day after:

"We're all God's children, Bob. And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as."
--John Kerry, responding to Bob Schieffer's question,
"Do you believe homosexuality is a choice?"
in the third debate, October 13, 2004

"I said it in a very respectful way about their love of their daughter. . . . I was saying it in a way that embraced the love of their daughter. . . . All I was trying to do is point out that it--let their daughter speak. Was it a choice, or was she born the way she was? That was the question. I was being respectful, purely respectful."
--John Kerry, quoted in the Des Moines Register, October 15, 2004

Then he begins the systematic deconstruction of what the statements say about John Kerry and his campaign. The opening paragraphs read:

WAS JOHN KERRY born a shameless and ruthless opportunist, or did he choose to become one? In a way, who cares? Who knows how John Kerry became who he is? What is clear is that he is, as Dick Cheney put it, "a man who will do and say anything to get elected." And what is equally clear is that he shouldn't be elected president of the United States.

Leave aside the cheap, cold, calculating cynicism--and cruelty--in Kerry's appropriation of the alleged opinions of an opposing candidate's family member to try to embarrass his opponent. Leave aside the view Kerry and his campaign must have of millions of religious Americans if they think this particular McCarthyite moment

will work. Leave aside their fear of having an honest debate about a legitimate public policy issue--same-sex marriage, the role of liberal judges in advancing it, and the proper response of the elected representatives of the American people. Leave aside the fact that Kerry's alleged opposition to same-sex marriage is manifestly dishonest and cowardly.

Leave it all aside. How stupid does John Kerry think the American people are?

This is the best submission to Hugh Hewitt's blogger symposium (though not actually submitted) and may prove to be the fatal error of the Kerry Campaign. Basically Kerry let his character and the character of his campaign slip into view of America. Voters shopuld remeber that on election day.

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