I haven't commented much on the current Democratic field of Presidential candidates--other than to note that the fact that there are so many of them indicates a perception that Bush is vulnerable. But I have to say I thought John Kerry's repsonse to the typical grousing of Republican Congressional leaders about Kerry's criticism of Bush was priceless:
In a speech Wednesday in Peterborough, N.H., Kerry said President Bush so alienated allies prior to the U.S.-led war against Iraq that only a new president can rebuild damaged relationships with other countries.
"What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States," said Kerry, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts.
Kerry backed a congressional resolution last fall giving Bush the authority to use force to oust Saddam, but he repeatedly has criticized the president for failing to give diplomacy more time.
"Clearly, Senator Kerry intended no disrespect or lack of support for our commander in chief during wartime, but the point of this campaign is, obviously, to change the administration of this government," said Kerry spokesman Robert Gibbs. "And unlike many of his Republican critics, Senator Kerry has worn the uniform, served his country, seen combat, so he'd just as soon skip their lectures about supporting our troops." [emphasis added]
Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Hastert and DeLay did not serve in the military.
In response to Gibbs, DeLay's spokesman Jonathan Grella said, "His service to our country was admirable, but his words now are shamelessly political."
A presidential candidate being political--the horror! The horror!
As I've said, I haven't chosen a horse to back yet, but I'm so looking forward to the 2004 election.
(via Oliver Willis)