Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Sad, But True -- Still Some Resort to Repulsive Tactics

Instead of following the lead of their more conciliatory, problem-solving fellow Democrats, two 2004 presidential contenders resorted to partisan pontificating and calls for bigger government. In separate speeches yesterday, Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. John Edwards criticized the Bush Administration's response to Hurricane Katrina in rhetoric-filled attacks. Reuters reports that Kerry and Edwards said "the public outpouring of support for storm victims showed Americans wanted more from their government." CNN's The Situation Room reported that Kerry accused Republicans "of turning the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast into 'a vast laboratory for right wing ideological experiments.'" The Washington Post notes that while both of the former running mates offered "withering criticism" of the Administration's handling of the disaster, Kerry's speech "was harsher by far" and yielded a sharp response from RNC Press Secretary Tracey Schmitt: "'Armchair-quarterbacking on tough issues has never been a problem for Senator Kerry,' she said. 'Such tactics haven't served him well in the past, and today is no exception.'" The Hill calls Kerry's remarks "a furious attack on the Bush administration’ and adds, "While Kerry's speech may play well with the Democratic base, Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at George Washington University, said the senator has a tough challenge to pin blame on Bush."

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