Saturday, August 21, 2004
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The Kerry Double Standard Gets Wider

Proving once again that liberals can dish it, but cannot take it. APNEWS: Kerry Ads Underscore His Vietnam Service by DAVID ESPO
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said several times that the senator's Thursday comments showed he had lost his cool, a suggestion that Bush's rival lacked presidential temperament. "I do think that Senator Kerry losing his cool should not be an excuse for him to lash out at the president with false and baseless attacks," the spokesman told reporters in Crawford, Texas. "We've already said we weren't involved in any way in these ads," he said. "We've made that clear." A few hours after he spoke, the Kerry campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that alleged the group behind the ad was illegally coordinating its efforts with the Bush-Cheney campaign. It cited "recent press reports" and the group's own statements. The Bush campaign denied the allegation. Campaigns often file complaints with the FEC, but the agency rarely intervenes quickly enough to alter the course of a race. [Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie] Cutter sought to turn the argument over presidential readiness back on the White House. "Mr. McClellan needs to understand that John Kerry is not the type of leader who will sit and read 'My Pet Goat' to a group of second graders while America is under attack," Cutter said. That was a reference to Sept. 11, 2001, when Bush remained in an elementary school classroom for several minutes after being informed by an aide that the World Trade Center had been hit.
A Note to Ms. Cutter: 1. President Bush did not have the benefit of foresight. You do. 2. Had President Bush leaped into action like Superman out of a telephone booth, you and your Janus-like boss Senator Kerry would be bitching about how "BUSH KNEW!!!" about the 9/11 attacks in advance. 3. Senator Kerry would have done worse than read a kid's book. By Kerry's own admission, he didnt know what to do or what to think in the minutes after 9/11. NO ONE DID and to pretend otherwise is insulting.
McClellan also accused the Kerry campaign of sanctioning the same type of attack ads by outside groups that it is accusing the president of approving. "I mean, where has the Kerry campaign been for the last year while more than $62 million in funding through these shadowy groups have been used to negatively attack the president?" he asked. Outside groups funded by Bush's opponents have spent millions on commercials that criticize the president.
Nevermind the connections Kerry has with MoveOn.org, a group which has spent millions in attack ads against Bush, one of which compared President Bush to Adolph Hitler.