Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Please let this man run for President again...

John Kerry said this yesterday;
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Yeah, he'll be the Dem nominee in 2008...
UPDATE:Kerry's written statement;
Washington – Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq."

Dems back Steele in Maryland

Very interesting, and not good news for the Dems chances to take the Senate;
Black Democrats Cross Party Lines To Back Steele For U.S. Senate
Pr. George's Politicians Lash Out at State Party

By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 31, 2006; Page B01

A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince George's County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele's bid for the U.S. Senate yesterday.

The support from Curry, five County Council members and others barely a week before Election Day reflects their continued disappointment that the Democratic Party has no African American candidates at the top of the ticket and a sense that the county is being ignored, officials said.

"They show us a pie, but we never get a slice," said Major F. Riddick Jr., a former aide to then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening and a former county executive candidate. "We are here today to say we've waited and we've waited and we're waiting no longer."

Steele, who as lieutenant governor is the first African American elected statewide in Maryland, said he was humbled by the support. "I said I did not want this [campaign] to be so much about party but about the people," he said. "And these people understand that."

Ron Walters, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, said the endorsements could be significant. "This is going to go through the black community like a rocket," he said. "It's going to be the talk of the county, the state, maybe even the nation."

Oren Shur, a spokesman for the Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, was more skeptical. "The endorsements will not make Prince George's County residents forget that Michael Steele is George W. Bush's handpicked candidate," he said.

The politicians were joined at a news conference in Largo by about a half-dozen business leaders, including Ron Lipscomb, a trustee of the state Democratic Party.

All said they are lifelong Democrats who do not agree with some of Steele's stances but are not in lock step with the Democratic Party, either.

"The party acts as though when they want our opinion they'll give it to us," said Curry, Prince George's first black county executive. "It will not be like that anymore."

He noted that support for a Republican is not unprecedented: In 2002, Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend picked a GOP running mate in her gubernatorial bid, passing over a black candidate.

This year, Democratic contender Martin O'Malley is running with an African American from Prince George's County, Del. Anthony Brown. But black Democrats who ran for the U.S. Senate and state attorney general lost in the primary.

Curry would not answer questions about Brown, but he said the state Democratic Party had "trivialized" Prince George's, though it provides the "mother lode of votes in the state of Maryland."