In her blog post yesterday about John Kerry’s speech on Monday in Boston, Arianna Huffington says, “Forgive me while I tear my hair out.” Her witty comment is in reference to Kerry’s comments about Iraq as quoted from the Boston Herald. As Ron pointed out earlier today, the Boston Herald took Kerry’s comments out of context.
I must say that in reading Arianna’s post, I had the same reaction, I wanted to tear my hair out. Not for what John Kerry may or may not have said but, for her wanton quoting of the Noise Machine, with no, that’s right, no space given to the facts.
I’m shocked to see so much credence given by Arianna to what is said by the Right Wing Noise Machine. Maybe it’s just me, but I expect better from the big tent party than outward slams on our own.
Arianna quotes the Boston Herald’s account of Kerry’s Boston speech which contradicts the Boston Globe’s account. You’ll find quips from the Globe here about Kerry speaking about Iraq to the press and you can compare those to the Boston Herald’s insinuation that Kerry spoke about Iraq during his speech. He didn’t.
Arianna needs to read John Kerry’s speech from Monday because there is nothing about Iraq in that speech.
Finally, that Arianna parroted the right wing spin on Inside the Bubble is astounding to say the least. Inside the Bubble should be aptly named “The Snore Room”. I’m sure if Arianna tried she could have gotten the take on Inside the Bubble from some of those who were actually “inside the bubble” rather than rely on the word of a republican rag.
My sources “inside the bubble” tell me there is nothing in that flick that even hints at “what went wrong” in the Kerry campaign. It’s a poor excuse of a documentary from a democrat who sold out as a shill to the republicans to recoup his investment in the film.
Arianna may take issue with John Kerry’s position on Iraq, or anything else for that matter. That’s her business, but when she uses up her blog space to bash a Democratic leader who’s actually out there every day working hard for a change, it’s part and parcel of what is wrong with the Democratic Party.
I know the whiners and the bashers won’t agree with this, but guess what, it’s true. While the Democratic Party has been busy eating it’s own, the Republicans shored up their bases and we’ve caught snoozing, time and again.
So, please forgive me, while I tear my hair out. The future of our country is important to me. The future of the Democratic Party is important to me. We need unity and we won’t get it as long as the whining and the bashing continues.
It’s time for unity within the Democratic Party. It’s time for the whiners and the bashers to get on board, because the train is coming… DeLay was indicted today, Frist is under investigation, Rove is under investigation, FEMA fumbled not once but twice, the Republican Party is unraveling. The lame duck president is swiftly becoming a cooked goose. We don’t have to agree on every little thing our Democratic leaders say or do, but standing behind them in unity can go a long way, at time when we need to do what they have done so well for so long, shore up our bases.
And while I’m at it here, I’ll throw in this, our leaders also need to step up to the plate and stay on message. Can we get a little cooperation going all the way around. 2006 is around the corner and the Republicans are starting to resemble suicide bombers. This is our chance to regain our footing. Let’s take it because we have a lot of work to do cleaning up the colossal mess BushCo has made.