Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

January 19, 2004

by J

Kerry on Edwards

Oh, how pathetic. John Kerry snipes at Edwards' youthful appearance. John Edwards is 50 years old for pete's sake!
[Kerry:] "When I came home from Vietnam in 1969, I don't know if John Edwards was out of diapers then yet or not, I'm totally not sure. I don't know." Kerry then appeared to rethink the issue, and said, "He was by then, it was earlier."

A few minutes later, Kerry appeared to regret the initial comment, saying, "I think the difference [between the candidates] is the level of preparedness and experience to be able to get the job done, and I truly don't want to be negative about anybody. That comment I made was not meant to be negative. I don't want to go that road.
Bah. Edwards had a good response:
"I have tremendous respect for Senator Kerry's service to our country in Vietnam," he said in a written statement. "The truth is, in 1969 my family spent a lot of time sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay for me to go to college, as so many Iowa families do every day."
I have been saying to V for awhile now that I think part of Edwards' lack of traction is that he looks like he's 30 years old. It's really too bad.
Posted by J at January 19, 2004 03:54 PM

Well, looks like Edwards has got a bit of traction, now!

I still have serious doubts about whether he (or any of the others except for Dean) has a prayer of unseating Dubya, but that's another post.

Posted by: J at January 20, 2004 07:34 AM

Stop calling the President "dubya." Beng disrespectful to a sitting predident makes you seem dumber than you are.

Posted by: anna at January 22, 2004 02:55 PM

Thank you for your imperious advice, anna.

I'm sure the 'predident' appreciates your spirited defense of him.

Posted by: J at January 22, 2004 03:01 PM

Perhaps we could call him President AWOL. Would that be better?

(Err, "predident" AWOL, I mean.)

Or perhaps you'd prefer "Deserter In Chief"? Just let us know.

Posted by: genehack at January 23, 2004 12:15 AM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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