“The Senate yesterday, by a single vote, rejected an election year effort to extend federal unemployment benefits.” Now, we’re in the midst of a huge economic recovery and boom and the Democrats as an election year political issue tried to extend unemployment benefits another 13 weeks. They
He was campaigning in the Bush stronghold of Kentucky. Now, is this not — well it’s not a metaphor — but if this just is not a little peek into the whole study of the Kerry campaign. Here he’s got a commercial running saying that he “cast the deciding vote that created 20 million new jobs.” Here a seminal, huge issue to the left as part of its campaign to get rid of George Bush, extending unemployment benefits, so as to portray the country as a continual soup line with nothing but soup kitchens available. Gas prices are up; people are having to buy gas and go starving at the same time because they can’t afford both. Remember that? Now all of a sudden the one guy who seeks the votes of the American people to turn George Bush out, not even there to vote on this issue! His own campaign is beginning now to whisper, “Psst? Psst psst, psst psst?” that something is awry here in this campaign. This to me is just utterly hilarious.
Kerry spokesman David Wade said, “John Kerry’s fought again and again to extend unemployment benefits for workers left behind in the Bush economy, but he wasn’t there when it was time to vote on it. The reason we haven’t succeeded is because George Bush opposes extending unemployment insurance, and so do his allies in the Republican House of Representatives and 39 Republican senators.” That’s the statement after Kerry misses the vote: blame it on Bush who didn’t have a vote! (Laughing.) I’m sorry, folks, I just can’t help but laugh at this, the utter futility — as of today. I know things could change, but the utter futility of this campaign, and we’ve got — I mean, I didn’t even bother. Normally every day what I do, I’ll get in here and I go through all of the show prep that I have been feverishly working on since the night before, and lately I’ve assembled a Kerry stack, and then a prison photo stack, and then a war in Iraq stack, a war on terror stack, and then a lighthearted stack.
As you know, we haven’t gotten to any stack but the prison photo stack in the last week. Today, I didn’t even bother assembling all the Kerry stuff in one stack. It’s just scattered throughout all the other stacks, so that I’ll be sure to get to all of it not in one combined effort but over the course of the program as it just pops up, because it’s just (laughing). I’m sorry. I’m the most optimistic and the happiest figure in American media today, folks, and there’s nothing that’s happened here that has changed this. Get this. Where’s this from? The Louisville Courier-Journal. By the way, (transcriber) Dawn how to pronounce the capital of Kentucky, it is
“‘The prison abuse scandal in Iraq stems from an arrogant attitude that President Bush displayed in going to war there,’ said John Kerry in Louisville yesterday. ‘What has happened is not just something that a few, you know, privates and corporals or sergeants engaged in,’ said Kerry. ‘This is something that comes out of an attitude about the rights of prisoners of war. It’s an attitude that comes out of how we went there in the first place, an attitude that comes out of
He said all of this is “an attitude that comes out of
[Kerry sing-song voice responding]: “Weeeell, you don’t know how the Senate woooorks. You’ve never beeeeen there. Don’t talk to me about that until you’ve been elected senator like I haaaave. You haven’t been in Vietnaaaam, either! You don’t know about unemployment insuuuurance. I’ve been to both places. I’ve never needed unemployment insurance and I hope I never doooo, because it’s not very much because George Bush doesn’t care.” Something along those lines. But yet the moment of truth, he’s not there.
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