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  • holderlin66
    It s amazing, really. http://hoffmania.blogspot.com/2004_03_21_hoffmania_archive.html#10803 5383581530184 John Kerry doesn t even begin to campaign. He takes a
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      It's amazing, really.

      http://hoffmania.blogspot.com/2004_03_21_hoffmania_archive.html#10803
      5383581530184

      John Kerry doesn't even begin to campaign. He takes a week off to
      hit the slopes in Idaho - his only dalliance with the press was his
      calling a secret service agent a "son of a bitch" for cutting him
      off in mid-snowboard. Who wouldn't? But by and large, Kerry was a
      non-story in his self-imposed exile from the rigors of the primary
      season.

      The Bush-Cheney army took advantage of the situation to start
      whipping out the fairy tales on Kerry; the $900 billion tax hike,
      the flips and flops, the out-of-context sound bites. It seemed as
      though the Bush party was going to set the tone and dominate the
      conversation. Kerry would return from his vacation having to answer
      all the charges leveled against his service, his voting record and
      his character by the Bush campaign. Many observers - this blog
      included - worried that Kerry was on the ropes and was being put in
      the worst possible place for a presidential candidate to be.

      On the defensive.

      Then - the miracle.

      Team Bush suddenly found themselves ambushed in the wide open spaces
      of public scrutiny. There was no aircraft carrier to strut on. There
      was no turkey to hide behind. The top levels of the Bush
      administration was head-spinningly forced into that abyss known as
      covering your ass. Controlling an out-of-control spin. The "D' word.

      It wasn't prompted by Kerry.

      It wasn't revealed by Democratic operatives.

      It wasn't the dirty work of the 527s or the evil ramblings of the
      liberal media.

      It was the latest in a series of patriotic public servants who spent
      the better part of their lives serving their country and the last
      few years serving their president. It was Richard A. Clarke,
      President Bush's head of counterterrorism until 2003.

      The attack dogs were suddenly stopped dead in their tracks,
      blindsided by someone they thought they knew. They thought he was
      one of their own, which meant he took that implied oath of loyalty
      to the boy king and his minions - that any betrayal would surely be
      met with the bile and hostility of those protecting the secretive
      subculture known as the Bush Cartel, among other names.

      He knew he would face the wrath of the Republican party, the
      minority known as the Bush voters. He would be subject to ridicule
      and his nasty personal habits would be displayed before the cameras
      in an endless media parade.

      But this was no ordinary enemy of the White House. In fact, until
      the book was profiled on 60 Minutes, Richard A. Clarke was known to
      be a Republican. He voted for Bush over Al Gore in 2000. He could
      have voted to continue the glorious Clinton dynasty which the White
      House associates him with, but instead bought into the compassionate
      conservatism of Bush II.

      So the Clinton loyalist meme didn't stick.

      He was, by Cheney's admission, kept out of the loop in
      counterterrorism meetings between January 20 and September 4, 2001.
      But at the same time, he was in on ALL the counterterrorism meetings
      during that time, according to Condoleezza Rice.

      So the "out of the loop" idea never held water.

      His opening statement at the 9/11 Commission public hearing begged
      the forgiveness of the 9/11 families for their government's failure
      in doing all that could have been done to prevent their loved ones'
      horrific demise.

      So the heartless traitor to America label didn't stand a chance.

      They rounded up the troops to find the character flaws. What was he
      like? Did he have a temper? Well, he IS strong-willed, so he MUST be
      hot-headed. And he's definitely grinding SOME axe in his book. The
      balloon was floated, but quickly flew out of sight.

      So the angry-man theory never sprouted feet.

      Moreover, much to the chagrin of the entire Bush attack machine,
      they never, EVER saw any of this coming.

      So their ability to launch an effective pre-emptive strike suffered
      a fatal blow.

      The quiet dignity of this one man - who went before the American
      public with a heart heavy with pain over not only an attack upon our
      land, but his superiors' efforts to link that horror to another
      endeavor in Iraq which took over 600 more American souls - has
      caught the attention of many Americans who had until now accepted
      Bush and company as our shield against terror.

      Suddenly, the soft underbelly was exposed. The warriors are really
      sheep. The saviors of democracy drained the good will of the world
      to fulfill our darkest enemy's prediction - that America would take
      over an oil-rich Arab nation in the name of terror fighting. And the
      leaders of the free world had been revealed as the scared
      cockraoches they are when the glaring light of truth shines in their
      faces.

      And disgraceful hate-filled vindictives such as this are only making
      Americans more incensed at the viciousness and insensitivity of the
      supporters of the so-called leaders of our nation.

      Never has such a self-proclaimed administration of stone become so
      obsessed over the words of one man that they practically ceased
      running the country to embark on a campaign to assassinate his
      character and question his loyalty. The White House dispatched an
      assault by the highest levels of their cabinet with more ferocity
      and fervor than against every taped threat by bin Laden and al-
      Zawahiri combined.

      Because this time, it wasn't America that was threatened. It was
      their egos.

      We now know their achilles heel. We now know their vulnerablility.
      It's not the challenging of their policies. It's not the challenging
      of their record. It's not even the challenging of their motives.

      Richard Clarke put forth a devastating argument which finally made
      America ask, "Why are these people running the country?"

      Their achilles heel is the challenging of the image they've created
      for themselves. It's all they have. And Richard Clarke torpedoed a
      crater into it this week.

      It's now Kerry's race to lose. Bring it on, John. Your moment has
      arrived.
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