John Kerry was a revelation on Wednesday. Forceful as a nor’easter, he came out and just hammered the crap out of his Senate colleague John McCain. Here’s the video, and here’s an excerpt contrasting “Senator McCain” with “candidate McCain:”
“…I have known and been friends with John McCain for almost 22 years. But every day now I learn something new about candidate McCain. To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician, I say, let’s compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain.
Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote. Are you kidding? Talk about “being for it before you’re against it!”
Let me tell you, before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself. And what’s more, Senator McCain, who once railed against the smears of Karl Rove when he was the target, has morphed into candidate McCain who is using the same “Rove” tactics and the same “Rove” staff to repeat the same old politics of fear and smear. Well, not this year. Not this time…”
Watch the video, because the crowd effect makes it much stronger. It got even better when the man derided for “looking French,” the man whose Purple Hearts became the butt of frat-boy pranks, turned his sights on the issue of patriotism:
“…The McCain-Bush Republicans have been wrong again and again and again. And they know they will lose on the issues. So, the candidate who once promised a “contest of ideas,” now has nothing left but personal attacks. How insulting to suggest that those who question the mission, question the troops. How pathetic to suggest that those who question a failed policy doubt America itself. How desperate to tell the son of a single mother who chose community service over money and privilege that he doesn’t put America first…
…This election is a chance for America to tell the merchants of fear and division: you don’t decide who loves this country. You don’t decide who is a patriot. You don’t decide whose service counts and whose doesn’t.“
Why Democrats always get religion after the fact is anybody’s guess. They run tepid, centrist campaigns, avoiding confrontation, minimizing partisanship, and trying to win with appeals to technocratic competence and some stolen percentage of a poll-identified “swing demographic.” Then they lose, go away a few days, grow the loser beard, and come back spitting hot fire. Better late than never.
(…and some Katrina karma…)