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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Chronicle Kerry flip-flop analysis: the Big Guy doesn't help himself

Recommended on the DEWDROPs' favourite rantfest by Janeane Garofalo [1], Marc Sandalow's truth-squadding [2] in the San Francisco Chronicle (September 23) of the claim that Kerry flip-flopped on Iraq.

He finds for the defendant. But concludes thus:
For a candidate who has been in elected office nearly a quarter of a century, Kerry has at times shown a remarkable inability to explain the nuances of his position.

Asked by radio host Don Imus last week to explain how he could be so critical of the war yet stand by his vote to authorize the use of force, Kerry responded with a 324-word answer, including a discussion of no-fly zones and Iraqi tribal separatism.

The response left Imus -- a self-described Kerry supporter -- perplexed.

"I was just back in my office banging my head on the jukebox,'' Imus told listeners when the interview was over. "This is my candidate, and ... I don't know what he's talking about.''

I explored on September 16 the candidate's opacity on a range of topics in that interview. My sympathies are with Imus.

  1. They seem to have some kind of Speed thing going on: if the decibel level falls below 100, the studio blows up.

  2. Origin of the expression? I somehow thought there might be a 1950s TV show called Truth Squad...

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