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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Movin' On Flipper Style

Matt at Blogs for Bush directs our attention to a new add from Moveon.never that both:

Attacks the President's military service.
Asks the President to condemn an attack on Kerry's military service.


"George Bush used his father to get into the National Guard, was grounded and then went missing. Now he's allowing false advertising that attacks John Kerry, a man who asked to go to Vietnam and who served with dignity and heroism.

Once you stop laughing your ass off at that preview of the imminent donk implosion, you can take a peep at Flipper's "condemnation":

"I agree with Senator McCain that the ad is inappropriate," Kerry said in a statement released by his campaign. "This should be a campaign of issues, not insults."

Guess what? Kerry was for this particular "insult" before he was against it:

Saying he would defend Bush's decision to enlist in the Guard, Kerry rattled off a long list of Vietnam-era options that lumped Guard service in with draft-dodging.

"I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector [or] going into the National Guard," he told Sean Hannity. "Those are choices people make."

That's right. Kerry thinks going to jail or fleeing the country is the same as joining the National Guard. I wonder where Moveon.never got their spin?

Bush isn't behind the Swift Vets for Truth. Their advertisements aren't "false". They aren't pro-Bush. They are exclusively Anti-Kerry, and from what I've seen thus far *cough* Christmas in Cambodia *cough* "seared" *cough* "inaccurate" *cough*, rightly so. Kerry's condemnation is a flip flop on the issue of "insulting" one's military record. Bush also wasn't "missing".

This, however, has been a particularly flipity flop filled day or so for Flipper:

Troop Realignment? You guessed it! Kerry was foragainst that as well

Kerry today:

Finally, I want to say something about the plan that the President announced on Monday to withdraw 70,000 troops from Asia and Europe. Nobody wants to bring troops home more than those of us who have fought in foreign wars. But it needs to be done at the right time and in a sensible way. This is not that time or that way.

Kerry on August 1, seventeen days ago:

I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops, not just there but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean Peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps. There are great possibilities open to us.

*flip* How did Kerry get his first Purple Heart? That depends on whether you believe his recent recounting of events or perhaps the one in his friggin' Diary used for his authorized Biography!*flop*

Waffles anyone?

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