And this is what it looks like when the gloves come off
Senator John Kerry made a slashing attack on the Bush administration yesterday, comparing it to the faltering government in Iraq and equating its war strategy with its planning for Hurricane Katrina, while also invoking Jesus as he criticized federal Medicaid policy. [...]
"The Bush administration is wondering when Iraq will have a functioning government. I want to know when we're going to have a functioning government," Mr. Kerry said, according to a transcript of his remarks.
Ouch. Those are fighting words. Senator Kerry continued by laying out "a little 10-point plan":
Tell the truth. Fire the incompetents. Find Osama bin Laden and secure our ports and our homeland. Bring our troops home from Iraq. Obey the law and protect our civil rights," Mr. Kerry said in ticking off his list, which also included supporting health care, education, lobbying reform and alternatives to oil, as well as reducing the deficit.
Plain-spoken. Blunt. Scathing in his rhetoric (yeah, I'm describing John Kerry, can you believe it?). A true Fighting Dem.
While Tracey Schmitt, the RNC spokesman, responded in her typical catty manner and dismissed Kerry's statements ("John Kerry deserves credit for continuing to take himself so seriously, despite the fact that no one else does"), the fact remains Kerry is showing the world what it truly means to be a member of an opposition party.
And what does it mean to be a fighting Democrat? It means taking a stand, knowing full well you'll be attacked for it. Take Kerry's resolution to withdraw troops from Iraq by either May 15th or the end of 2006. Cowards like Republican Senator Wayne Allard couldn't compete with Kerry on the facts, choosing instead to employ personal attacks:
I would like to start off by saying I've been very supportive of the president on the war of Iraq because he has had a plan and he has stayed the course. That's what gives me confidence in the president.
I do think that what we see today in the criticism of the president from Senator Kerry, we're seeing an individual who's being spun in the political winds, unlike the president.
Read Kerry's response below the fold...
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