In addition to coming close to using the loathsome "chickenhawk" argument, Kerry can't seem to wrap his head around the idea that one can dispute his votes on national security issues without questioning his patriotism. No one is saying that John Kerry doesn't love his country. What is being said is that Kerry's views on national security--while meaning well for America--are wrong for America. Needless to say for anyone who is not named "John Forbes Kerry" this is an entirely legitimate line of argument that does not impugn patriotism in any way, shape or form--something anyone remotely familiar with the English language can easily understand.That seems a perfect rejoinder in the debates when, inevitably, Kerry starts in with whining about how the GOP is criticizing his patriotism.
It puzzles me why this is beyond Kerry's understanding. I thought he was supposed to be good with nuance.
Sunday, April 18, 2004
Pejman tries to explain to Senator Kerry what "patriotism" means.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 3:06 PM