Posted by gustav at 11:01PM, Tuesday, December 09th, 2003
Memo to the press: Bush's Flip Flops are real, not Kerry's
In the light of the recent big news that Kerry's flip-flops are a right-wing fabrication (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/09/23/MNGQK8TI8O1.DTL), here's my own tribute to Dear Leader.
A handful of the many, many Bush flip flops:
- States' Rights are good -- except when "activist judges" promote gay rights. ("Activist judges" itself is a phrase demonstrating either contempt for or ignorance of constitutional process.)
- At the time it was up for a vote, Bush claimed that the resolution to authorize the president to use force in Iraq (for which Senator Kerry voted) was a diplomatic tool to obviate the need to go to war. Now he claims it was a vote for war:
"I am sending suggested language for a resolution. I want -- I've asked for Congress' support to enable the administration to keep the peace... If you want to keep the peace, you've got to have the authorization to use force... It's a chance for Congress to say, we support the administration's ability to keep the peace." (Sept. 19, 2002 -- http://www.state.gov/p/nea/rls/rm/13565.htm)
But in ads running now: "Kerry voted for the Iraq war."
- The war on terror is winnable -- except when it's not.
- You're either with us, or with the terrorists -- except when you're W:
"A decade after Kerry helped shut the bank down, the CIA discovered Osama bin Laden was among those with accounts at the bank," a subsidiary of which "helped finance a deal involving Texas oilman George W. Bush" (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2004/0409.sirota.html)
- Bush has at various points actually claimed that he served in Combat in Viet Nam -- and also been quoted saying he wasn't one of those guys who would actually harm himself to get out of service, but found other ways, none the less.
- There is, of course, the whole "mission accomplished" hoo-ha with the scripted landing on the aircraft carrier.
The list goes on and on. The problem is, you pretty soon get into territory where you're no longer merely discussing the times Bush has tried to say he's on a different side of the fence than he claimed to be on previously. In actually looking at his record -- at all -- you're quickly confronted with the staggering hypocrisy of the man's political persona (I'm still not convinced any of his platforms or views actually have to do with Bush himself, as opposed to his carefully Rove-scripted public image). But I guess that's no fun for ABC, the NY Times, etc., who'd have to acknowledge their own little hypocrisies, in, say, reporting on Lewinskygate vs. the Iraq war.
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