Kerry Lacking in Common Sense

by on March 17th, 2004

The New York Times offers a stunning display of John Kerry’s lack of common sense. In a report on the Bush campaign, the Times quotes Kerry on the subject of the $87 billion appropriation to fund continued military operations and reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Common sense ought to tell a candidate who is being constantly attacked for taking positions on both sides of virtually every issue not to say this:

I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.

That’s probably a better one liner than anything the “Republican Attack Machine” could have thought up. It is a perfect one sentence confirmation of President Bush’s opening parry in the campaign:

The candidates are an interesting group with diverse opinions: for tax cuts and against them; for Nafta and against Nafta; for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act; in favor of liberating Iraq and opposed to it.

“And that’s just one senator from Massachusetts

Of course the other side of Kerry’s statement is that on it’s face it is not true. Kerry never voted for passage of the appropriation. He did vote for a failed amendment that would have raised taxes to pay for the bill. So not only did Kerry offer up a cut and dried example of his own waffling, he lied to do it. His campaign people are probably ordering Mallox by the case.

If this is the level of common sense we can expect from Kerry the candidate, I sincerely hope we never get to see what he would do as president.

Stephen Macklin