It seems that the Democrats are mad as hell and aren't going to take it any more - finally. After years of being pushed around by the Republican agenda, voices are rising up against the administration and its lacking ethics, the ongoing war in Iraq that seems to not have an end - or progress for that matter. From Russ Feingold's call for censure to Madeline Albright's words of fury in the LA Times, you can see the fury develop. Today, former presidential candidate and current senator John Kerry sounded off with some of his strongest words yet - saying the president needs to tell the truth, fire the incompetents and find Osama Bin Laden (long time since we heard of him, no?)
His best line? "The Bush administration is wondering when Iraq will have a functioning government. I want to know when we're going to have a functioning government."
Kerry didn't sound so strong in his failed presidential bid in 2004 - known as the candidate who couldn't keep a firm position, best evidenced by his "I voted for it before I voted against it," line. Now, he's struggling to stay relevant at a time when Howard Dean is running the Democratic National Committee and Kerry is seen more as someone with a political past than a political future. In fact, the Republican spokespeople have focused on Kerry in their response rather than the issues, of course, saying he "deserves credit for continuing to take himself so seriously, despite the fact that no one else does." Ouch! Of course, they couldn't have stood behind the president's record on Katrina, Iraq, wiretapping, leaking classified information, shooting friends on hunting trips, or any other of the litany of foolish things the administration has done to damage our reputation at home and abroad.
While Kerry may not be the ideal spokesperson for the Democratic Party, it is time for him and others to continue fighting for what they know to be right. As Kerry said, more than half of the American deaths in Vietnam occurred after Washington politicos had determined we were not going to win the conflict. He doesn't want to see a similar wall for this war - or combination of wars to wherever Bush has plans to send us next.
Related Links: New York Times | Daily Kos
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