Wednesday, November 21, 2007

This tells you all you need to know

about John Kerry's putative primary challenger, Ed O'Reilly:
    As it stands, the man most welcoming of the return to the conflicts of 2004 is O'Reilly, who is attacking Kerry as not opposing the Iraq war strongly enough and says that the issues raised by the Swift Boat ads reflect on Kerry's character.

    "I don't want to dwell too much on the past, but he keeps going back 40 years and bringing it up, bringing it up," said O'Reilly. "He keeps talking about it."
The man who has nothing to say about anything he would do, only to say whatever, he'd do it better than Kerry. Okayyyyyyy. A quick look at his website tells you how serious this guy is, and why he's happy to piggyback onto whatever scurrilousness is emanating from the Swift Liars. Still.

By the way, that O'Reilly quote comes from a Boston Globe article so "evenhanded" as to be nearly as scurrilous as the Liars themselves.

I find it very interesting that both potential republican challengers are taking the high road here - presumably hip to the fact that tying their fates to T. Boone Pickens won't win them many votes here in Massachusetts. How come O'Reilly hasn't been able to figure that out?

2 comments:

mbk said...

Congratulations for articulating an intelligent response to that Globe article, which left me absolutely fuming. The Globe's pseudo-"reporting" is so irresponsible as to qualify as journalistic malpractice.
The Chicago Sun-Times (http://www.suntimes.com/news/quicktakes/657302,CST-NWS-qt19.article) got the Pickens story exactly right:

"News Item: Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, a bankroller of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, offers $1 million to anyone who can show that any of the charges the group made was false.

News Item: John Kerry quickly accepts the challenge, telling Pickens in a letter that "I trust that you are a man of your word" and that the $1 million would go to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

News Item: T. Boone Pickens starts changing the conditions of his offer and otherwise backing out.

Some stories almost tell themselves."

Otter said...

Well, if Ed O'Reilly wants to make this into an issue of character and credibility, as he said in another quote from that BoGlobe article:

"'It goes to his credibility,' said Ed O'Reilly, a Gloucester lawyer mounting a challenge to Kerry in the Democratic primary. 'It needs to be cleared up.'"

Then that means he's just opened up a big can of whoop-ass on himself, because that means he's opened the door to the whole panoply of stuff enumerated so nicely in this comment skein from a diary he put up BMG a few weeks back:

http://tinyurl.com/39vldo

Good luck with *that*, EOR!