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Monday, April 26, 2004
 
Cowardice

I've long held that W is a coward. His actual actions on 9/11 have been swept down the memory hole by the media, but I remember a his little impromptu speech given a few hours after the attacks. He was petrified. He was shaky. He acted like he really wanted someone else to be giving the first words of comfort to the nation. It was not his finest hour.

Josh Marshall's post about Junior's use of surrogates and lieutenants brought that terrible day back to mind. Josh's post is about BushCo's attempt to smear John Kerry's war record:
What's the signature pattern of the president's life?

When he faces a challenge or a tough scrape, he lets his family and friends bail him out, do his fighting for him. You see it again and again through failed businesses, legal scrapes, the whole matter of ducking service in Vietnam and then getting help cleaning up subsequent unfortunateness while he was serving in the Texas Air National Guard.

...George W. Bush has faced three opponents (McCain, Gore and Kerry) since he came onto the national political stage ... He's had his lieutenants attack the service of each one.

...The president wants to challenge John Kerry's military service. So he gets Karen [Hughes] to do it for him....

But here's some free advice for Kerry.

Don't get mixed up on the details. Take this directly to the president. Tell him to turn over a new leaf in life and stop being a coward. If the president wants to attack or question your war record or what you did after the war, tell him to do it himself.
 
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