“Republicans have used this sort of tactic in recent elections. In 2000 for example, Al Gore was dubbed a “”Know it all”” who claimed he invented the Internet.



The comment in question: “”… I took the initiative in the invention of the internet…”” That is the actual line from the interview. Just read it a few times, the statement itself doesn’t say, “”I invented the internet””. In fact, the interview was about some policy decisions that he pushed through which funded the development of the infrastructure, which grew into the Internet.


So Gore was a know it all, with “”fuzzy math.”” Remember that one? Bush was able to escape all real issues with one-liners. When you don’t know what to say or you don’t have a good response, make the audience laugh and all is forgiven (Regan actually did the same thing).


That tact is being employed again, Kerry is being dubbed a “”flip flopper, who just can’t make up his mind.”” Further, Bush attempts to make all issues simply two sided: right or wrong, evil or good. For the Iraq war or against the Iraq war, with us or with them. No middle ground? I think you can recognize that a bad decision was made by going to war on faulty intelligence. The President fooled the entire congress.


Of course, once at war, we will support the troops, but it is exceedingly important to know where our money (taxpayer money) is being allocated. This was not clear in any of the requests for additional war funding by the president. It was almost like asking for a blank check. Of course someone will say it was clear, 20 billion for Iraq and the rest for the military… that just not good enough, taxpayers deserve the details. Our representatives need to make sure the right policies are being made, and further to assess that all funding is allocated as effectively as possible.


So what do you get from this? As Kerry stated in his acceptance speech, he recognizes the complexities of issues, they are not black and white, right or wrong.