Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Kerry to heckler: I never run from fight

Ahhhhhh, someone turned on the drivel spigot again...

The Associated Press
2/5/2004, 12:42 p.m. CT

PORTLAND, Me. (AP) -- Answering a heckler, Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry said Thursday "I never run away from anything, especially George Bush."

The Massachusetts lawmaker had just received an endorsement from Maine Gov. John Baldacci when somebody from the crowd of about 400 shouted, "Why don't you tell them about your vote on the war and the Patriot Act?"

Kerry has faced criticism from some Democratic voters and rival candidate Howard Dean for his vote in favor of President Bush's Iraq war resolution and his support of the Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism bill that critics say has curbed civil liberties.

"I'll explain them all as we go along," Kerry swiftly replied to the heckler. "I never run away from anything, especially George Bush."

Then he pointed to a basketball net in the Boys' and Girls' Club gymnasium and read words stenciled on the backboard. "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins," he said, calling that an apt summary of his makeup. [...]

Apparently he not only never runs away from a fight, but never fails to lard his responses with non sequiturs. For all the snake-oil salesman bluster and Doug Henning-grade misdirection regarding things other than the question at hand, the fact remains that he voted for both acts. No one forced him, he did it because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Or politically expedient.

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