Monday, September 20, 2004

The Center of the Election 

Just when we'd begun to think that John Edwards was preparing for the job of Vice President by hiding out in a bunker . . . .
Mr. Edwards, at a rally in the Philadelphia suburb of Phoenixville, condemned a remark by Representative H. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, the speaker of the House, who suggested Saturday that Al Qaeda might find it easier to strike if Mr. Kerry were in office.

Mr. Edwards said the remark was part of a pattern of Republican "fear mongering."

"Let me just say this in the simplest possible terms," Mr. Edwards said. "When John Kerry is president of the United States, we will find Al Qaeda where they are and crush them before they can do damage to the American people."

Later, at a boisterous rally here, Mr. Edwards accused the administration of concealing plans for a large call-up of National Guard and Reserve troops after the election. Mr. Kerry had made the same charge on Friday.

Bush administration officials called the suggestion patently false, but Representative John P. Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who is a ranking member of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, has said Pentagon sources told him it was so. Mr. Edwards campaigned with Mr. Murtha here on Sunday afternoon.

Both Mr. Edwards and Mr. Kerry have said that extended deployments of Reservists and National Guard troops in Iraq beyond their normal tours of duty amount to a form of conscription and are taking a large toll on their families.
From elsewhere in the same article:
Mr. McAuliffe, in a conference call with reporters on Sunday, said that Mr. Kerry would deliver a major speech on Iraq on Monday and would criticize President Bush's handing of the war in a new advertisement, and that party officials would hold a news conference with mothers of soldiers stationed in Iraq.
May we nominate one mother of a soldier who is in Iraq no longer? Sue Niederer was arrested at a Laura Bush rally last week for wearing a t-shirt that read "PRESIDENT BUSH YOU KILLED MY SON." Zemblan patriots J.M. and J.D. found an interview Niederer gave to Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg of CounterPunch back in May.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Breslin lists the names of the recently dead. "The center of the election should be the dead of Iraq," he says. "This is something that Bush and his lackeys do anything to dodge . . . . The names are an indictment of a government that put them into Iraq on a cold premeditated lie."

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