Tuesday, October 05, 2004

$87 Billion Worth of Confusion

Edwards had the opportunity to crush Cheney on the vote that both he and Kerry made against the $87 billion post-war appropriation. Kerry keeps getting hit on this vote by the Bush people, and Kerry has never made a direct effort to try to explain this vote. Instead of taking his entire 90 seconds to explain this vote--to say it was the right vote--he spent some time repeating previous points and only took the opportunity to explain the vote in the last 30 seconds. This is a big, big mistake. Kerry needs to find an opportunity to explain, at length, his vote, and to turn it around and argue that the points he made then were right and if the administration had taken them seriously the war would have gone differently--and better.

3 comments:

Rothko said...

Dick is being smarmy. Almost Gore-esque...a lot of figures that I would guess are going over the heads of most folks. The healthcare debate they are involved in right now has allowed Edwards to talk about about Valarie Lake and to talk about Haliburton.

I think Dick is winning on substance but he is not connecting emotionally.

Dick also doesn't know how severe the AIDS epidemic is among African American women in the US...I guess there haven't been any black women invited to a BC04 Rally this year..they didn't pass the loyalty test...

PS...in case Palooka checks in...I do think Edwards is throwing this one...his response to the AIDS question is just bizarre..

Palooka said...

He isn't throwing shit. This was his moment to shine, and he didn't. His good looks and southern charm couldn't make up for his lack of substance.

Devo said...

Edwards missed a huge opportunity here. It wouldn't have take 90 seconds. All he had to say was that "Bush sent the troops to Iraq without the proper armor - then he played politics with their safety by taking 3 billion (if I remember correctly) dollars of safety equipment onto an 8 billion dollar no bid Halliburtan contract. He's misleading the American people and putting our bravest sons and daughters in danger doing it."