May 25, 2004

Kerry lies about American traditions...

So, will he be called on it? Only by bloggers...

Mr Kerry said, concerning his peculiar plan to not be nominated at the convention:

"Once again, the Republicans don't know history, and they don't know facts," he said. "The truth is that it used to be that the convention, after nomination, traveled to the home or the state of the nominee to inform them they've been nominated. Woodrow Wilson was at his house in Princeton, N.J.; Harry Truman was in Independence," Mo., he said. "They're trying to make an issue out of something that they're surprised by, because . . . they're very upset someone might have a way of neutralizing their advantage."
Betsy Newmark disposes of the rubbish about Truman just by pulling a biography off the shelf...
"So it was nearly two o'clock in the morning when Truman and Barkley at last made their entrance, striding onto the platform as the band played "Hail to the Chief." (Truman by David McCullough, p. 640-641)
A little bit of Googling failed to tell me if Wilson was at his convention, but he certainly was nominated at the 1912 convention in Baltimore. And re-nominated at the 1916 convention.

Why do I bother with these details? Because if BUSH said such a thing, certain people would cherish it as evidence that the President is a deep-dyed liar and ignorant...The quote would be passed from hand to hand for decades...smirked over.

Plus I'm annoyed by that "Republicans don't know history" crack. don't bet on it. We've got lonnng memories, you turkey. We haven't forgotten a great many Democrat dirty tricks...If you want to talk Wilson, we are aware that Republicans didn't stand aside and sneer that WWI was "Wilson's war," and pretend we were too fastidious and "moral" to help out. Nor did we stand aloof from Mr Roosevelt's war. Or Truman's, or Kennedy's, or Johnson's wars. WE REMEMBER, you treacherous phonies!

You want to talk TRADITIONS? It's our tradition in time of war for Americans to pull together!

Posted by John Weidner at May 25, 2004 7:01 AM
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