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Kos Continues To Do Rove’s Work For Him

by RonChusid

While I realize it isn’t the case, if Republicans wanted to plant a mole among Democrats to impair their ability to fight Bush they couldn’t have done a better job than Kos is doing for them. I refuse to post a link, but those of you who care about his take on the Boston Globe story will have no problem finding it.

He starts with a ridiculous lead, “Kerry thinks he’s top Democratic war critic” which reminds me of previous posts when Kos claimed Kerry was calling himself an outsider when it was actually a Boston Globe writer doing this. Kos then repeats his claims going back to the primary battles that Kerry supported the war, even repeating the Republican line in distorting the reporting of Kerry’s comments during the campaign. Kos ignores the important distinction between supporting an authority to go to war when threatened with supporting the actual war. Of course has no mention of Kerry’s statements as to how Bush misused this authority, or any of his pre-war statements opposing going to war.

To fight Bush and this war, opponents of the war need to stick together. We certainly don’t need people like Kos helping Republicans make the false claim to justify the war that Democrats like Kerry supported the war. The right wing noise machine is already too powerful. We don’t need people like Kos spreading their lies.

Update on Kos’s misquotations of Kerry

7 Responses to “Kos Continues To Do Rove’s Work For Him”

  1. Ron,

    Amazing that as well known as Rove is as a puppeteer, some folks are willing to be his dummy.

  2. Amen Ginny and Ron. Amen Amen Amen. I hav totally given up on Kos. The Kossacks are the walking symbols of Daniel Moynihan’s line about poeple being “entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.” The kossacks think they are entitled to their own facts and that they represent the mainstream of the Democratic party. What elitists.
    Talk about living in a fantasy world.

  3. Nick

    Thanks for that Moynihan quote, I had forgotten it.
    I’m reading Robert Heilbroner’s “Wordly Philosophers, The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers”. It totally reinforces what Tony Schwartz (“What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America) said in his Foreward to “A Brief History of Everything” (Ken Wilber). Schwartz contrasts Wilber’s wider, more inclusive and integrative approach with the people who are convinced they have come up with exclusive answers based on a limited view of the whole. Leaving out facts and ideas that may be incomplete, but still have elements of truth, does not concern them.

    There’s a similarity in the building blocks of ideas and concepts and the bricks and concrete blocks of construction. They all have holes…

    Kos, and a lot of other blogging, is not so much presenting viable arguments as promoting their own minimally informed and inadequately reasoned opinions. That is the point when youthful exuberance and idealism is delusional and exasperating to those who have a wider and deeper knowledge base.

    As I tried to point out in “Wise Ass”*, it’s hard to be as fully informed and aware of the knowledge out there as we need or want to be due to the sheer volume and rate of increase. At least we need to be willing to make comments based on what we know with the conviction that we cannot have considered the whole and there must be room for discussion. Civil discussion being more productive and less time consuming than ranting.

    And so, with age, comes the delusion that humans will
    somehow start being more rational 🙂

    *http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=706 (Warning, It’s a good 10 pages of dissertation from someone with 2 degrees in BS)

  4. AAARRRRRGGGG!!!! I am starting to reach my boiling point. When I’m finished getting my puter up and going in the next couple of days, it’s going to be party time!!! Veterans Day my Ass!! I’ll give everyone a good dose of Veteran speech and reality in response to King George. I have had it with that egomaniac and his Rovian talking points. And to use that day as a political jab at the Democrats, was the last straw!! I have more than a few things to say about that.

  5. I seldom ever visit Kos, and for some odd reason, I went there first today. Fury was what I felt after reading his entry. Thank you, Ron, for your rebuttal. It brought me to my senses. Why is it that none of the people writing about Kerry’s vote actually know what he said as he voted. The following is from an article written by Mike Hersh back in June 2005. Kerry said:

    “This administration, I believe, is now committed to a recogniton that war must be the last option to adress this threat, not the first, and that we must act in concert with allies around the globe to make the world’s case against Saddam Hussein.

    “Let me be clear, the vote I will give to the President is for one reason and one reason only: To disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, if we cannot accomplish that objective through new, tough weapons inspections in joint concert with our allies.

    “In giving the Prsident this authority, I expect him to fulfill the commitments he has made to the American people in recent days — to work with the United Nations Security Council to adopt a new resolution setting out tough and immediate inspection requirements, and to act with our allies at our side if we have to disarm Sadam Hussein by force. If he fails to do so, I will be among the first to speak out.

    “If we do wind up going to war with Iraq, it is imperative that we do so with others in the international community, unless there is a showing of a grave, imminent — and I emphasize “imminent” –threat to this country which requires the President to respond in a way that protects our immediate national security needs.

    “Let there be no doubt or confusion about where we stand on this. I will support a multilateral effort to disarm him by force, if we ever exhaust those other options, as the President promised, but I will not support a unilateral U.S. war against Iraq unless that threat is imminent and the multilateral effort has not proven possible under any circumstances.

    “In voting to grant the president the authority,I am not giving him carte blanche to run roughshod over every country that poses or may pose some kind of potential threat to the United States. Every nation has the right to act preemptively, if it faces an imminent and grave threat, for its self-defense under the standards of law. The threat we face today with Iraq does not meet the test yet.”

    Seeing the precision with which Sen. Kerry laid out his conditions, which if followed would have precluded the war Bush & Co. waged, is it any wonder when asked if he would vote the same way again, he said “yes!”

  6. The tragedy of the situation is the hypocrisy of these people who say they want to end the war then try to destroy a huge public figure doing just that. It’s the same impulse that wanted Katrina’s death toll to be high in order to damage Bush, and deaths in Iraq during the campaign to do the same. This is a clue to the fundamental problems in mankind that prevent solutions.

    It’s horrifying for these people to try and prevent Kerry’s work being done. Despicable.

  7. […] for a president to have but I would have used that authority effectively.” Not only did Kos edit this quote, he also puts words into Kerry’s mouth when he titles his post, “Kerry thinks […]