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Sunday, February 06, 2005

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Apparently John Kerry thinks....

....if you tell a lie enough times, it will become the truth. Fortunately (and unfortunately for Kerry) the blogosphere exists to fact check everything you say. Nothing goes unnoticed, not least the comments of a pompous politician who thinks he can routinely lie to America and never suffer any consequence. According to the Boston Globe Kerry stated
The furor over military credentials hasn't ended with the campaign. Kerry pledged to sign Form 180, releasing all of his military records, but challenged his critics, including Bush, to do the same.

''I want them to sign it, I want [swift boat veterans] John O'Neill, Roy Hoffmann, and what's their names, the guys on the other boat," Kerry said. ''I want their records out there. They have made specific allegations about my record, I know things about their records, I want them out there. I'm willing to sign it, to put all my records out there. I'm willing to sign it, but I want them to sign it, too."
Note that Kerry says he will "sign Form 180" — an admission that he hasn't yet signed it! That doesn't stop him from lying about it though.
Kerry later confirmed that his decision to sign the form is not conditional on any others signing, but he expressed lingering bitterness over double standards on military service.

''Let me make this clear: My full military record has been made public," Kerry said. ''All of my medical records and all of my fitness reports, every fitness report involving each place I served, is public. Where are George Bush's still? Where are his military records? End of issue."
No, John, it's not the end of the issue. There are over 100 pages of documents in the US Naval Archives that you still refuse to release. Sign the Form 180 NOW!

Putting all that aside, however, imagine if this man was your President.
As soon as it became clear that Kerry would be the Democratic nominee last spring, he faced a daunting task: Building a general-election campaign organization from scratch.

''You know, you're putting together a half-billion dollar corporation, hiring hundreds of employees, in the span of days," Kerry said. ''And the human resource issue of getting everybody tuned in on advance [work], on crowd building, on message, and war room. It's very complicated. And you know, [Bush strategist] Karl Rove had six years . . . to be spending $400 million a year doing messaging, framing, branding, all the kinds of things they do, and they do it very effectively."

And Kerry soon became aware of the isolation a chief executive can experience in the middle of a huge organization. He reached a point, he said, when he didn't have time to preview his own campaign ads. He still hasn't seen some of them.

''I saw the reels of some of the early stuff," he said, ''though when we got rolling in the last three or four weeks, I didn't see the ads. I just didn't have the time."

The sheer pace of the campaign left him unable to follow up on hurried requests to aides, he said, causing mistakes to occur at crucial moments. On Aug. 9, while campaigning at the Grand Canyon, Kerry answered yes to a question about whether he would have voted to give the president the authority to go to war in Iraq knowing what ''we know now" -- that there were no weapons of mass destruction. Kerry said the question was poorly phrased and he thought he was only reiterating why he had voted to give Bush the authority in the first place.
This is not leadership. Leadership is hiring good people and allowing them to do what they do best while you oversee the plan, not the details. That Kerry doesn't understand this is self-evident. Picturing him in the Oval Office trying to grasp the details of running this nation should send shivers down the spine of any thinking person.

UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Beldar has a thing or two to say about Kerry's interview.