According to NPR, President Bush told a rally in St. Paul that John Kerry, even knowing what he knows now, still would have voted to invade Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power. He always ends that statement with something along the lines of “Thanks for clearing that up,” and he pauses for the rimshot.
In fact, John Kerry did not say that. He said he would have voted to give the president the authority to do what is in the best interest of the country. He didn’t vote for war, and he certainly didn’t vote to support a pre-emptive strike before the resolutions in place were exhausted. It may sound lame, but the truth is that John Kerry’s best response should have been, “Yes, I voted for the authority because I believed the lies that you told me.”
You can be sure that Bush will repeat his crowd-pleasing line – as long as he’s in front of his hand-picked crowds (see Sidney Blumenthal’s article in Salon.com for a take-down of that piece of theatre.) But I sure would like to see how he will respond in an unscripted session – like a debate – where some astute moderator asks him to explain exactly on what he based his premise for seeking the authority to invade Iraq and whether or not he was was misled, misleading, or just plain wrong.