October 18, 2004

FLIP-FLOP PRE-EMPTED

Who could ever have predicted this? Imagine; John Kerry actually leaving open the possibility he might change his mind about something:

In an interview with the nation's largest homosexual magazine just weeks before the election, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry leaves open the possibility that he will change his position on same-sex "marriage" and says he will nominate judges who will fight for homosexual causes.

Itís almost as though Kerry is tailoring his message to suit a particular audience. Or maybe heís simply stressed from the unfairness of selective media attention, which his opponent never suffers:

Senator John Kerry and President Bush devoted four and a half hours and nearly 45,000 words to three detailed and substantial debates. But a single remark by Mr. Kerry, noting that Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary is a lesbian, has shadowed his strong performance and given Republicans an opening to slow the momentum Mr. Kerry got from the debates, some Democrats say.

That, ladies and gentlemen, was the New York Times spinning like a one-legged crab for John Kerry. Why, his words were just a few among some 45,000! Canít we focus on something else?

UPDATE. Kerryís international bridge-building continues to implode:

The commander of the UN peacekeepers in Haiti has linked a recent upsurge in violence there to comments made by the US presidential candidate, John Kerry.

Earlier this year Mr Kerry said that as president he would have sent American troops to protect Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was ousted from power in February.

The Brazilian UN general, Augusto Heleno, said Mr Kerry's comments had offered "hope" to Aristide supporters. Much of the recent unrest has centred on areas loyal to Mr Aristide.

More than 50 people have died over the past fortnight.


Posted by Tim Blair at October 18, 2004 11:32 PM
Comments

Exactly! Like focusing on that remote-control pack implanted in Bush's back so Rove could control his movements. Why is the Times dropping the ball on that already?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at October 18, 2004 at 11:40 PM

Has anyone here checked out the Election Polls reports over at CNN during the last few months?

Ever time a poll says Bush is in the lead, it's always a "slim lead" or an "apparent lead". While when Kerry has been in the lead it's always "Kerry leads Bush" or "Kerry in front". There's never any 'danger' or 'uncertainty' about Kerry's leads.

And when Bush has been in the lead by a few points, they usually tend to mention that it's still withing the "margin of error" for the poll/s. While they don't do the same every time Kerry has had a few points lead.

And following the Democratic Convention and the non-existent 'bounce' in the polls for Kerry, CNN reported it as "no bounce for Kerry YET"; while after Bush's significant 8 point bounce, they said "Bush gets APPARENT bounce".

It's not a 'in your face' kind of bias...but it is noticeable and it is consistent.

Posted by: Richard at October 18, 2004 at 11:49 PM

Richard -- I almost prefer that to the wholesale creation of fake stories that's been going on elsewhere.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at October 19, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Ah, point taken, Robert. I keep forgeting about "Rathergate" - it hasn't been in the news much down here.

Posted by: Richard at October 19, 2004 at 12:08 AM

Or how about focusing on the words Kerry spoke when he said he would give nuclear fuel to Iran. Flop-flippin' whackjob.

Posted by: Harry in Atlanta at October 19, 2004 at 12:09 AM

No, no, Harry. Perhaps the one position that Kerry has consistently taken is that he will appease the mullahs with uranium. No flip-flop there. Just straight-out invertebrate naivete.

Posted by: R C Dean at October 19, 2004 at 12:18 AM

RC - not to be a nit picker but i think you mean inveterate.

Posted by: hen at October 19, 2004 at 12:24 AM

Under Grey Davis the former California Governor, the power generation system was allowed to wither. All those rich leftys who wanted to USE electricity but found it impossible to allow anyone to actually GENERATE it.

Now the Democrats have found the ultimate in renewable energy - John Kerry.

Wire him up and get him to make public statements to a range of special interest groups and magazines and as he spins from one contradictory statement to another and as he flip flops depending on who he is talking to, you could generate enough turbine power to run a whole city full of outdoor airconditioners and backyard jacuzzis.

Kerry not Kyoto is the answer to our energy needs. Go John go!

E

Posted by: the_GOP_Elephant at October 19, 2004 at 12:33 AM

Has anyone else noticed this ...

if Jenifer LOpez is a "J-Lo"

does this make JOhn KErry a "Jo-Ke" I think so.

E

Posted by: the_GOP_Elephant at October 19, 2004 at 12:37 AM

Kerry not Kyoto is the answer to our energy needs.

But, are you sure that all of Kerry's hot air won't add to global warming?

Posted by: PW at October 19, 2004 at 12:54 AM

J. Forbes Kerry is still the radical leftist he was 30 years ago. His "flip-flops" are simply attempts to hide this enough to get elected. His core positions are the same now as when he was meeting with the communists in Nicaragua 15 years ago.

His suggestion of appointing judges who will make political rulings on homosexual rights is probably his core position. His nation-wide proclamations about wanting "good" judges who "interpret the Constitution" are lies.

Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds at October 19, 2004 at 12:54 AM

Goodness knows the NY Times would never focus on just a few words out of many! They would NEVER focus on maybe 16 words out of a SOTU address by Bush, would they?

Posted by: Glen at October 19, 2004 at 12:55 AM

Invertebrate means having no backbone. I think it may have been the right word after all.

Posted by: Rebecca at October 19, 2004 at 01:42 AM

Separated at birth? The wrinkles are a dead giveaway...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at October 19, 2004 at 01:49 AM

do botoxed pumpkins count as genetically modified?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at October 19, 2004 at 02:56 AM