August 19, 2004
And the Candidate goes "Flip Flop" II (or, Yet More Stereotypical Rhetoric)

Steve Gigl linked up one of the more startling (and quick) flips of the opposition candidate:

“I will have significant, enormous reductions in the level of troops …In the Korean peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps.”—John Kerry, August 1, 2004.

“Why are we withdrawing unilaterally 12,000 troops from the Korean peninsula at the very time that we are negotiating with North Korea, a country that really has nuclear weapons. This is clearly the wrong signal to send at the wrong time.”—John Kerry, August 18, 2004.

If this is out of context or a misquote, I'm expecting the peanut gallery to go dig up some proof. Otherwise I'm going to start saying it's a stereotype because he has a pair of flip-flops.

Posted by scott at August 19, 2004 12:09 PM

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Maybe he's like the person Drew Barrymore's character in '50 first dates' - he has short-term memory loss. Therefore, he can't remember what he just said - nor can he remember that the aides that advised him to say that are idiots, so he can't get rid of them and keeps perpetuating the problem.

That's my best guess b/c I can't see anyone with proper control of their facilities making this much of an ass of himself.

Posted by: ron on August 19, 2004 03:47 PM

Of course that is assuming that he did make an ass out of himself in this situation. You wouldn't want to jump to conclusions would you Ron? ;)

You should check into the full story.

Posted by: Joshua on August 19, 2004 06:18 PM

Joshua, do you have a link to a full story? The link on this article has a caveat that candidates often can't remember prior quotes on the campaign trail... but Kerry's quotes get accepted verbatim, while Bush's are picked apart word by word.
If you have a full story why that is acceptable, I'd be interested to read it.

Posted by: Jon on August 20, 2004 02:08 PM

Dammit - my post on this disappeared somehow (probably user error - ID10T).

I actually did read the story but I didn't see any portion that might have led to anything other than my comment. If I missed something, please feel free to send it over...

Posted by: Ron on August 20, 2004 07:08 PM
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