The Urban Legends Candidate

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If there is one striking point to come out of tonight’s debate, it is that John Kerry has picked a theme. He could have done better, but in the interests of scaring voters becoming the Urban Legends Candidate will probably work.

Tonight he hit the President on the “pottery barn rule,” denied that there was a “coalition,” claimed that the United States has “paid ninety percent of the costs and suffered ninety percent of the deaths,” gave the bogus line on parents having to buy armor for their kids in Iraq, and a host of other misstatements and lies.

The only thing Kerry did not hype tonight was the statement on the draft that he has been saying, which, by the way, is supported by Democrats – not Republicans – in Congress.

So, at least, on September 30, 2004, John Kerry has picked a theme. He is the Urban Legends Candidate. Up next, Kerry will attack the post office for taxing emails and lash out at Starbucks for attacking troops and denying them coffee.

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Erick Erickson

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  • Leave it to another right-winger to come up with a way of misrepresenting their opponent and trying to label them with a snide nickname.

    “the ‘pottery barn rule'”

    Do you even understand what the term “urban legend” is? This was a direct quote of a term used by Colin Powell.

    “denied that there was a “coalition'”

    Kerry was referring to the “coalition” Bush “created” prior to invading Iraq. If you consider a “coalition” to be a handful of countries — unlike Bush I, who understood the term — fine. (And don’t forget Poland!) But few who actually know anything about foreign policy would agree that GWB actually created a true “coalition” of support for the Iraq invasion. Even now that we’ve had to go to the international community with egg on our face and ask for help, we still don’t have a coalition even close to the one GWB’s father was able to gather prior to the first Gulf War.

    “claimed that the United States has ‘paid ninety percent of the costs and suffered ninety percent of the deaths'”

    So if that’s not accurate, what are the actual numbers?

    “gave the bogus line on parents having to buy armor for their kids in Iraq”

    Which is absolutely true.

    “and a host of other misstatements and lies.”

    Judging from the examples you give, “lies” means “anything he said that made Bush look bad.” Not really “urban legends.” But go with that. It’s oh, so clever.

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