Tuesday, August 24, 2004

"I don't fall down! The SOB knocked me over!"

You have to feel bad for poor Lurch. He's surrounded by the worst sort of incompetents that are always messing up his smooth moves. From tomorrow's WaPo - Comments on Iraq War In Error, Says Kerry Aide:
A top national security adviser to John F. Kerry said yesterday that he made a mistake when he said the Democratic nominee probably would have launched a military invasion to oust Saddam Hussein if he had been president during the past four years.

On Aug. 7, Jamie Rubin told The Washington Post that "in all probability" a Kerry administration would have waged war against Iraq by now if the Massachusetts Democrat were president.

The Bush campaign, eager to portray Kerry as holding the same position as the president after the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, seized on Rubin's comments as evidence that the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates share similar views on the war, in retrospect. On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman said the two candidates agreed about "sending our troops to war."
Some Kerry advisers said Rubin's comments played right into Bush's hands and wanted the record set straight before it exploded into a bigger political issue. Rubin, a State Department official in the Clinton administration who often travels with the candidate, agreed, aides said.
Actually, the comments were more likely seized on in high good humor as yet more evidence of Lurch's nuance-induced confusion, sure to be flip-flopped. And they were.

OK, I'll bite. What is the Lurchster's real position?
In an interview yesterday, Rubin said it is unknowable whether Kerry would have waged the war. "Bush went to war the wrong way," Rubin said. "What we don't know is what would have happened if a president had gone about it the right way."
Glad he cleared that up! And in only 17 days!