Originally posted by faust9
C'mon you know this isn't true. If you don't know this isn't true then you've been truly blinded. Oh, what about those 13 programs Kerry voted against in 88'ish. Remember those. Remember the hullabaloo surrounding those programs? Remember the Cheney letter asking for the congress to cancel these programs? Remember how quickly that flap fell from the funny pages? Same thing here. Kerry didn't vote against the troops. He voted against a poor piece of legislation. A piece a legislation designed to sap $$$ from the treasury with no means of returning $$$, at least in some part, to the treasury.
I think you know the truth about this vote, yet you still cling to a false idea and espouse it when and where possible. I think you know why he voted for the bill the first time and against it the second. I think you like spreading FUD instead of addressing the issue of paying for the conflict. I thought you where a conservative Scott. Well maybe not because conservatives tend to believe in fiscal responsibility--like paying for spending. Weird...
This is going to be where it gets really ugly. Our conservative posters serve as a microcosm of the American right at this moment.
The people repeating these talking points-- that Kerry voted to "gut intel", that Kerry "voted against funding the troops"-- know full well that similar things could be narrowly defined as true about most of the members of the senate.
All it takes is one badly crafted piece of legislation that contains, at least in part, funding for something that sounds good, and you can play this game all day.
Hence: Republican Senator X votes against life saving measure for children! Senator Y votes to put seniors to death! And to put mercury in the water!
Hey, did you know that Bill Frist voted to destroy social security? Apparently he hates America!
I'm starting to wonder if the right has any substantive criticism whatsoever of Kerry. So far all we have is the phony "flip-flop" meme (how you liking that 9/11 commission now, Mr. Bush?), grotesquely distorted versions of Kerry's voting record, pathetic attacks on his tour of duty in Vietnam, spurious slander (He's having an affair! He uses Botox! He secretly restaged battles in 'nam! He and Edwards must be kinda gay!), and some vague hand waving about al Qaeda and "remaining resolute" and the old "liberals are pussies" line.
If Kerry is such a poor candidate, why not confront him on his actual failings? Why the distorted bullshit? I can only conclude that he must be pretty solid, if what we have seen so far is the best the right can do.
But hell, don't let me stop you. Ya'll just keep chanting "he's a flip-flopping, troop defunding, voted for the war before he voted against it, french looking, most lilberal ticket ever having Herman Munster looking guy".
And after all of that is easily refuted, the left and Kerry can continue their coherent critique of the actual for real damage that Bush has done to this country, while his positives just keep dropping and his negatives just keep growing.