Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Quote of The Day
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), takes the gloves off and comes out swinging at Vice President Cheney in response to some comments Cheney made in regard to Kerry's record on defense and the war on terror, and some other incidents in the Senator's home state. It seems that Harkin is taking a page out of the Clinton playbook: if they hit you, hit 'em back. Silence on the part of the maligned has a way of letting the mud filled attacks coalesce into hardened perceptions:
"It just outrages me that someone who got five deferments during Vietnam and said he had 'other priorities' at that time would say that," said the Iowa Democrat, a former Navy fighter pilot . . . The issue first arose when Harkin joined with Des Moines police officials protesting the call-up of a police officer who already had completed his eight year military commitment. Harkin said that it angered him to hear tough talk from Cheney. "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil," said Harkin. "He'll be tough, but he'll be tough with someone else's kid's blood" [emphasis added].The quotes are taken from a CNN.com article via Juan Cole.