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Saturday, December 06, 2003


Kerry's Ducking Fesperate

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, December 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Bottom line, this language is unnacceptable in a serious contender for the office of the President of the United States.

Struggling 2004 Democratic wannabe John Kerry fires an X-rated attack at President Bush over Iraq and uses the f-word - highly unusual language for a presidential contender - in a stunning new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Sen. Kerry (Mass.) used the undeleted expletive to express his frustration and anger over how the Iraq issue has hurt him because he voted for the war resolution while Democratic front-runner Howard Dean has soared by opposing it.

"I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, 'I'm against everything'? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f - - - it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did," Kerry told the youth-oriented magazine.

Brookings Institution presidential scholar Stephen Hess said he can't recall another candidate attacking a president with X-rated language in a public interview.

Note also that Kerry consistently can't critique Bush's policies without attacking Dean's personality.

UPDATE: via Atrios:

Fuck Saddam. We're taking him out. -- George W. Bush, March 2002, as reported in Time.

You no-good fucking son of a bitch, I will never fucking forget what you wrote. -- George H.W. Bush, to journalist Al Hunt in front of his 4-year old daugher, 1987.


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