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Friday, October 01, 2004

Anatomy of an irony:

Atrios, among others, are harping on this rather odd statement by Bush regarding Kerry's plans to boost homeland security:

I don't think we want to get to how he's going to pay for all these promises.


but no one seems to be getting just how funny it is.

The biggest mistake Kerry has made in this campaign is his "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it" bit of verbal kaka. But the problem with it was simply that it was badly phrased, not that it wasn't true. There were two funding bills before the Senate, and Kerry voted for the fiscally responsible one, not Bush's "we'll figure out a way to pay for it later" one.

Had Kerry just bothered to explain that -- and it's not nearly as complex as the pundits wish it was -- he wouldn't have been such an easy target on the subject for the last six months.

But here's the irony. Kerry takes crap from the Bush campaign for months on end, up to and including in this debate, because he chose to back the fiscally responsible bill to finance the war. Then, in the same debate, Bush tries to paint Kerry as the fiscally irresponsible one for wanting more effort put into homeland security.

Yeah, I know, business as usual for the Pubs. But it's exactly this sort of internal contradiction that should be the final nail in Bush's electoral coffin, if only Big Media would get off its ass and point them out.

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