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November 01, 2006

Media Runs With Claim That Rather Convenient Document "Proves" Kerry's Intent

ABCNews reporting for duty. Gee, it's not like the MSM has been snookered by phony documents given to them by Democratic operatives before, is it?


re is what John Kerry actually said at his speech on Monday Oct. 30, while campaigning on behalf of California candidate Phil Angelides:

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Kerry's office has released the following as what they claim are the actually lines prepared for the delivery of the Angelides speech:

"It's great to be here with college students. I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."

Sounds plausible. He only missed five or twelve words that would indicate he was talking about Bush.

Let me ask rhetorically--

Do you imagine ABCNews has asked the Kerry staff for access to its computers, so that experts can determine precisely when this document was drafted, and what its revision history may have been?

Also, just wondering: By any chance, in extolling the benefits of a college education, he didn't happen to mention a career as an officer in the US military, did he?

Didn't think so.

In related news, Bill Burkett swears he saw a Kerry staffer typing up the document on a 1972 Selectric typewriter six years ago.

Meanwhile, at the Corner, Ramesh Ponuru is giving Kerry the benefit of the doubt, and John Derbyshire is taking off from ogling fifteen year olds to proclaim it's "obvious" Kerry meant the remark as an attack on Bush.

Slublog has a rundown on Derbyshire and a very testy LaShawn Barber.

Beating That Dead Horse: Powerline:

Meanwhile, commenters on left-wing web sites are divided between those who say Kerry's statement was obviously a joke, and those who say Kerry shouldn't be criticized for telling the truth about the military.

Kerry's defense is that it is inconceivable he would say anything like this deliberately.

Isn't that claim -- of "inconceivability" -- undermined by the fact that many of his political supporters believe in the precise truth of the "inconceivable"?

Ynigo Montoya just emailed to say, "Nah, too easy."

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