Saturday, March 20, 2004

They're, like, liars, baby

Seems like the GOP is exploring new lows of deceit and namecalling.

"GOP video spoofs Kerry as Austin Powers

"The Web video is a spoof of the 'Austin Powers' films. As it shows several clips of Kerry, the video includes comments Powers makes in the movies, the same background music and psychedelic colors."

Forget the fact that this is appallingly childish (remember when the GOP claimed to be "the grownups"?). What drew my attention was this little piece of total deception:

"The front page of the ad claims: Senator Kerry says his own vote to "abandon our troops" was reckless and irresponsible.' Kerry's campaign said the ad mischaracterizes the Massachusetts senator's comments."

Notice "abandon our troops" is in quotes? Meaning it is a direct quote of Kerry's actual words?

"It's only after clicking on the ad do viewers see Kerry's entire quote from a Sept. 14, 2003, interview on CBS' 'Face the Nation' - a month before he even cast the vote on the $87 billion spending plan.

Kerry's response: "I don't think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running. That's irresponsible. What's responsible is for the administration to do this properly now."

Is the Bush administration intent on spending the entire campaign talking anything Kerry says laughably out of context? To the point where it fools NOBODY and only reinforces their image as being dishonest and misleading?

Doing so gives MUCH credence to Kerry's offhand reference to them as a "lying bunch of crooks," now, doesn't it?

And Kerry should say it AGAIN.

And use Bush's own dishonest ads as a club with which to beat him.

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