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September 03, 2004

Disaster at Midnight

Last night, at midnight Eastern time, John Kerry appeared at a nationally televised rally in Springfield, OH, immediately after President Bush finished giving his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Whichever campaign staffer allowed Kerry to go out there looking like he did ought to be fired... out of a cannon, into the sun, because Kerry looked awful. His eyes were half-lidded and rolled back in his skull. He had neglected to shave, and wore a thick shadow. His speech was at times slurred, rambling, and incoherent. The most charitable explanation is that the candidate was fatigued; those with less inclination to be charitable might suggest that he was intoxicated.

Don't take my word for it; here are the pictures.

Of course, it's easy to go through a taped performance of somebody and cherry-pick frames that make him look ridiculous. I did not do this. His right eye really looked like that throughout the entire speech. The overall effect was quite creepy. (I apologize for the interlacing in the second picture.)

And then there's the content of the speech itself. Against all common sense, Kerry felt the need to bring up his Vietnam service again:

For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief. ... I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq ... The vice president even called me unfit for office ... I guess I'll leave it up to the voters whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty

I watched the GOP convention fairly closely, and I don't recall hearing Kerry's patriotism attacked. In fact, I heard several speakers explicitly praise Kerry for his service to his country. On the other hand, blasting those who received student deferments as "refusing to serve when they could have" does strike me as an attack on their patriotism.

Why do candidates try the "my patriotism was attacked" whine, anyway? Does it ever work? Perhaps Kerry ought to ask President Dukakis and Senator Cleland whether complaining about alleged attacks on one's patriotism is an effective campaign tactic.

There were more bewildering lines from the rally. I'll update this post once I've had a chance to transcribe them.

Update: I just thought of a reason why Kerry might have preemptively defended himself against attacks on his patriotism. Rumors have been swirling for several days about potential allegations of dishonorable (and possibly even illegal) behavior by Kerry involving meeting and negotiating with North Vietnamese Communists in Paris. Could the story be about to break? Could Kerry be laying the groundwork for a "there they go again, questioning my patriotism" defense?

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I watched the GOP convention fairly closely, and I don't recall hearing Kerry's patriotism attacked. In fact, I heard several speakers explicitly praise Kerry for his service to his country. On the other hand, blasting those who received student deferments as "refusing to serve when they could have" does strike me as an attack on their patriotism.

Ahahahaha, they were handing out Purple Heart bandaids at the goddamn mother fucking convention.

Also, nice rumor mongering, why don't you just turn this into a fucking drudge mouthpiece.

Fucking shill.

Posted by: Mork | Sep 3, 2004 2:27:46 PM

Nice.

Glad to see the inteligent, thought provoking comments the Dims are famous for.

Moonbat.

Posted by: Thoolou | Sep 3, 2004 2:34:48 PM

Oh, don't worry about Mork - he's pissed because his candidate is a pussy, and American's aren't going to elect a pussy. Mork knows W wins, confortably. He'll get over it.

Posted by: Tim | Sep 3, 2004 2:50:48 PM

"Ahahahaha, they were handing out Purple Heart bandaids at the goddamn mother fucking convention."

Well, it was either that or sticking grains of rice in everyone's buttocks.

What's up with that eye?? Too much Botox??

Posted by: Kadang | Sep 3, 2004 3:04:03 PM

The North Vietnamese marching orders given to John Kerry and the Fake VVAW Veterans like Al Hubbard are well known to legitimate Vietnam Veterans. The entire nation will know the whole Truth soon about John Kerry. There are more ads and a documentary to come.

Posted by: leaddog2 | Sep 3, 2004 4:42:49 PM

Remember all those pictures you've seen on the internet, where some comedic genius decides to put the President's picture next to that of a monkey or chimp, and how retarded they all are?

Yeah.

Posted by: | Sep 3, 2004 4:49:44 PM

I watched it too. No one questioned the Democrat's patriotism.

The purple heart band-aid thing wasn't in great taste, it was stopped very quickly by the RNC chairman. I noticed most news outlets utterly failed (or chose not) to mention that part.

But then, it's not like Kerry has a great track record for veracity.

Posted by: kalroy | Sep 3, 2004 5:38:07 PM

BRING IT ON!

STOP THE ATTACKS!

and now...

I will NOT have my patriotism questioned by...by...by...anyone! I have schrapnel in my ass dammit!

Posted by: Kathleen A | Sep 3, 2004 5:54:37 PM

BRING IT ON!

STOP THE ATTACKS!

and now...

I will NOT have my patriotism questioned by...by...by...anyone! I have schrapnel in my butt (even though I put in there it doesn't count - I got it in VietNAM)

Posted by: Kathleen A | Sep 3, 2004 5:55:17 PM

I wonder if Kerry recalls having applied for a deferment, and signing up for service a few days after it was declined. I wonder if Kerry recalls having applied to both leave Vietnam early on the award of his third Purple Heart and to leave the service early based on his opposition to the war.

Citing others for deferments demonstrates something beyond bitterness in my book. And then the Democrats accuse Republicans of being angry? Maybe they should move the mirror: so far they're just seeing themselves.

Yes, Kerry served his country as a soldier as many are called upon to do, but he really has to be a bit more careful about what he puts in the line of fire from the other side.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 3, 2004 6:21:39 PM

All you dubya lovers should be in IRAQ.....Dieing

Posted by: Frog | Sep 3, 2004 9:42:25 PM

John Kerry will never be President.

As some have pointed out by leaddog2 his meetings with the VC while he was still a commissioned officer in the Navy and his subsequent actions will be his undoing.

Why?

Section 3 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

"No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability."

A very stong case can be made that John Kerry engaged in insurrection against the U.S. and did give aid and comfort to our enemies during the Viet Nam war.

The man is not qualified to be a Senator, either.

One other thing...

Memo to frog:

I have a total of five family members there. I also have 6 friends over there.

Why don't you follow your own advice. Strap a bomb belt on and go join up with the Islamofascists. They are all BIG John Kerry supporters, you know.

Then you can die for your cause, too.

Posted by: Nahanni | Sep 4, 2004 1:47:39 AM

All you offer is excuses, jut like the liar you so blindly follow. Having friends, or even relatives is NOT the same as being there. Go there yourself.

Your choice to blindly follow a cocaine snorting , draft dodging self admitted drunk is proof of the old say, "a sucker is born every minute". learn to think for yourself instead of foolishly believing a loser who spent the first forty some years of his life on a drinking binge.

Posted by: frog | Sep 4, 2004 7:05:46 AM

The difference between Benedict Arnold and Kerry is that Arnold really was a hero before he became a traitor. Rug-chewers like Mort and frog got stains on their dresses too and didn't understand what the fuss was about.
Talking facts to these sophists is like teaching a pig to dance; it aggravates the pig and you get dirty.

Posted by: Lawrence M Ladyn | Sep 4, 2004 7:32:34 AM

Mr. Frog,
Your job is to croak.
Please croak.

Posted by: Jayson Blair | Sep 4, 2004 1:12:32 PM

All you dubya lovers should be in IRAQ.....Dieing

Posted by: Frog | September 3, 2004 09:42 PM


Ah, there's that compassion the the libs are famous for.

Posted by: SkydiverRick | Sep 5, 2004 12:56:38 AM

All you dubya lovers should be in IRAQ.....Dieing

Ah, there's that compassion the the libs are famous for.

Not to mention the brilliant spelling, courtesy of thirteen years of Dim-contolled public education...

Posted by: RMc | Sep 5, 2004 6:57:35 AM

Your choice to blindly follow a cocaine snorting , draft dodging self admitted drunk is proof of the old say, "a sucker is born every minute". learn to think for yourself

Ah, you mean the kind of "thinking for ones self" required for you to ovinely bleat out "cocaine snorting , draft dodging"? I'm sure you formed that view of Bush entirely on your own.

Posted by: Brian B | Sep 10, 2004 9:55:31 AM

What Kerry violated (possibly among other things) was the Logan Act - passed in 1791, as a result of some proto-moonbat engaging in unilateral negotiations with the French.

Congress apparently thought this a bad idea, at the time - although to my knowledge no one has ever been prosecuted under the act.

For more, do the Google thing.

Posted by: Parker | Sep 10, 2004 12:03:36 PM

Just for reference there's a nice de-interlacing filter in photoshop...

Posted by: bambambam | Sep 10, 2004 7:13:27 PM

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