Loser Kerry takes all (WASHINGTON TIMES EDITORIAL) 02/01/05)
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Appearing on NBC´s "Meet the Press" Sunday for his first extensive TV
interview discussing his failed bid for the presidency, Sen. John
Kerry repeated what has become the Democrats´ official "party line."
Mr. Kerry said he "lost to an incumbent president by a closer margin
than an incumbent president has ever won re-election before in the
history of the country." But so what? Incumbent presidents, after
all, have lost lots of re-election bids.
Mr. Kerry also repeated an old shibboleth: "When a country is at war,
it´s very difficult to shift horses in midstream." Difficult? Well,
that is precisely what Democrats did in 1952 and 1968 with their own
party´s wartime presidents, whom voters eventually replaced with
Mr. Kerry was right to declare that the difference in the 2004
election was "60,000 people changing their vote" in Ohio, where more
than 5.7 million votes were cast. That makes his campaign´s decision
to sit on more than $14 million in prenomination funds all the more
incomprehensible. Indeed, according to a campaign-finance attorney
interviewed recently by The Washington Times, the phone lines among
his Republican and Democratic associates lit up in early December
after Mr. Kerry´s campaign filed a report with the Federal Election
Commission showing an election-account "cash-on-hand" balance of more
than $14 million three weeks after the election. Nobody understood
why it was allowed to happen.
While Mr. Kerry could not have directly spent the money on his
campaign, he could have transferred the funds to the Democratic
National Committee (DNC) or any state Democratic organization. Mr.
Kerry told Mr. Russert that he "had the money held in reserve in the
event that some state director said, ´We desperately need the
money.´ " With the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth spending more than
$5 million in Ohio alone, Mr. Kerry insisted that the DNC and the
Ohio Democratic Party had no need for any more money to counter the
From his $14.3 million reserve, Mr. Kerry also could have given more
money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Republicans
won the Florida and Alaska Senate races with less than 50 percent of
the vote. In fact, with 44 seats, Democrats now have their fewest
number of senators since Herbert Hoover was president. Could Mr.
Kerry´s fellow Democrats have used some of his $14 million?
(Copyright 2005 News World Communications, Inc. 02/01/05)
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