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July 23, 2005

KerryWatch®: Reporting For Duty

salute2.jpg This has not been a good summer for John Kerry.

The good Senator's military campaigns have not exactly covered him in glory. The voting public was allowed only carefully-groomed glimpses of his abbreviated 4-month Vietnam tour, largely through approved hagiographers Michael Kranish at the Boston Globe and Douglas Brinkley. Anyone who was actually there - read the Swift Vets and Stolen Honor (prisoners of war) - was tarred with the brush of partisan politics and teams of DNC lawyers were dispatched to threaten TV stations who aired any non-approved views of Kerry's military exploits.

Sadly, Kerry's more recent adventures haven't gone much better. First the Intrepid One pledged to charge onto the Senate Floor in a manner reminiscent of Genghis Khan, not resting until the Downing Street Memo shook the Corridors of Power to their very foundations. Err...whatever.

Then it was Count Every Vote... he was just sure there had been fraud in Ohio. Until the DNC's own report came back with the conclusion that there had not. Oopsie.

Then it was L'Affair Plame - he wouldn't rest until he had Karl Rove's head on a pike.

But defeat has not daunted the good Senator for an instant. Now he's after the Dread Pirate Roberts and that gay son of his. Yes, though Mr. Kerry is not even a member of the committee charged with such matters, the man who refused to release his own career military records for years (after voluntarily making his military record the cornerstone of his run for the Presidency) or even his own college transcripts (after making several snide remarks about being smarter than President Bush) is demanding that all records pertaining to John Roberts be released immediately.

Apparently time is of the essence. There is not a second to lose:

Democratic Sen. John Kerry urged the White House on Friday to release "in their entirety" all documents and memos from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' tenure in two Republican administrations.

In a statement that should have won the Academy Award for Unintentional Irony in a Perpetual Presidential Candidate, Kerry said:

"We cannot do our duty if either Judge Roberts or the Bush administration hides elements of his professional record," said the Massachusetts senator who was his party's presidential candidate last year.

And this year, if he has his way, and next year...

Opening what is expected to be a broader attempt by Democrats to pry loose documents, Kerry issued his statement as Roberts made the latest in a series of courtesy calls on senators in advance of confirmation hearings.

Democratic officials also said Friday they want access to all material regarding Roberts at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Roberts served in the White House counsel's office from 1982-1986. He was principal deputy solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, declined to confirm the disclosure. She said that in general, Democrats intend to seek material relating to Roberts' career.

Kerry is not a member of the committee. But he nonetheless injected himself into the debate at the end of a week in which Bush appeared to catch Democrats off guard by picking a court candidate with conservative credentials, yet one with little judicial experience, and thus, little public paper trail.

It is good to know that in addition to running for the Presidency in 2008 and representing the good citizens of Massachusetts, Senator Kerry also finds time to supervise Congressional committees, of which he is not even a member. Such energy and initiative is refreshing. But as the half-vast editorial staff has noted before, there doesn't seem to be a Democratic meme-wagon the Senator won't attach himself to.

If only it resulted in tangible results more often. His record this summer has been less-than-inspiring.

Posted by Cassandra at July 23, 2005 12:13 PM

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"It is good to know that in addition to running for the Presidency in 2008 and representing the good citizens of Massachusetts, Senator Kerry also finds time to supervise Congressional committees, of which he is not even a member."

Yes, very interesting, in light of the fact that when he was on the Presidential Campaign Trail, he didn't deem it necessary to show up in Congress at all! Talk about, "puffed up," with your own importance!

Posted by: JannyMae at July 23, 2005 02:22 PM

In a statement that should have won the Academy Award for Unintentional Irony in a Perpetual Presidential Candidate, Kerry said:

"We cannot do our duty if either Judge Roberts or the Bush administration hides elements of his professional record,"

Irony...or just "garden variety" hypocrisy?!

Methinks 'tis the latter...

Posted by: camojack at July 23, 2005 03:21 PM

Cass

Just back from Iraq, and thrilled to see you are rocking-and-rolling at the highest levels of your blogging-self.

I've had to answer so many questions about Kerry in the last few weeks (since he apparently signed his DD Form 180). What most non-military Americans do not know is that the Navy sent Johnny-boy his records. Its up to him to release them, not the liberal or conservative press.

The beat goes on.

So, just where is that DD Form 215 (or the second, or the third, or the fourth iteration)? If we could see them, we'd know.

Buzz

Posted by: Buzz Patterson at July 23, 2005 05:33 PM

Some people have absolutely no shame.

Posted by: man riding unicycle naked at July 23, 2005 07:41 PM

Welcome back Buzz! Miss the smells of Babylon? ;-)

You came back too soon though. We just put Da Grunt and Da Boyz on the plane so they missed you by a few days.

Enjoyed your broadcasts. I only caught a couple but it was good stuff!

Posted by: JarheadDad at July 24, 2005 12:04 AM

Yeah, the post is great, but that pic is always funny. What the hell was he thinking?

Posted by: Pile On at July 24, 2005 12:29 AM

Brilliant Cass!!! The man doesn't understand how big a joke he is and how saying all this will now shift the focus off the Dread Judge Roberts and onto his own pitiful record when it comes to releasing data. Oh, and by the way for anyone who didn't catch Cass' reference to college transcripts ... the Boston Globe, hardly a conservative mouth piece, published a story showing that the Haughty French Looking Aristocrat Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam, in fact had WORSE grades in college then the so called 'drunken frat boy president'!!!

Posted by: Frodo at July 24, 2005 05:37 AM

Another reason I look down and sniff(sic)at Massachusetts voters.Not only do you have to be depraved and morally bankrupt to get elected there it seems,you have to be pretty stupid to boot.That is a shame that they can't or won't do better than Kennedy or Kerry.

Posted by: Lisa Gilliam at July 24, 2005 05:01 PM

And then there is that pesky matter of Bush looking at the stats for America's output of alleged pollution versus production and world wide employment and then not signing the Kyoto protocols.

De Stats! Dey nevah lie!

The stats that Kerry couldn't read or 'interpretate'
even with his eddication.

Posted by: Cricket channeling Miss Cleo at July 25, 2005 10:24 AM

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