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Insider Report: McCain Campaigns for Kerry AND Bush

Tuesday, 12 October 2004 12:00 AM

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1. Media Won't Hold 'Arrogant' Edwards Accountable

The most underreported story of the past week was Sen. John Edwards' shocking attack on President Bush's supporters, i.e., approximately half the country.

Most media would have jumped all over Dan Quayle for making such a thoughtless and outrageous remark, but few took note when ABC's "Nightline" played a clip of the lightweight snarling at a campaign appearance, "If you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."

Bush, as always, refuses to get tough and fight back, but at least some of his aides are.

"It just shows how arrogant John Edwards is," noted presidential spokesman Steve Schmidt. "Most voters don't appreciate hearing that kind of argument."

Strategist Matthew Dowd observed that Edwards' attack was "unfortunate and disrespectful to the voters. If they want to convince our votes to switch to them, that's not the way to start the conversation by insulting voters."

Is the Breck Girl - hey, even his wife calls him that - suffering the effects of shampoo seeping from his luxuriant locks into his cerebral cortex?

2. Don't Forget: Democrats Proposed the Draft

Hysterical Kerry supporters such as former one-term senator Max Cleland and historical footnote Howard Dean keep claiming that, when re-elected, President Bush will reinstate the military draft.

Clearly, the Democrats would love to scare some young males and their moms over to their column.

They've even spread an e-mail scare citing legislation to bring back the draft.

Informed Americans already know which party is behind those schemes.

For everyone else, here are the facts: Charlie Rangel is the sponsor in the House, and lame duck Fritz Hollings is the sponsor in the Senate.

Both are Democrats.

3. Peggy Noonan Takes On Millie

Not so long ago there was a real dog in the White House, and Republican powerhouse Peggy Noonan has reason to resent her.

After all, that gal's book outsold her own 5 to 1.

Pinch-hitting for Sen. Zell Miller, Noonan, speaking Thursday at a luncheon sponsored by the Palm Beach Republican Club, recalled that the book "written" by Barbara Bush's dog Millie was a far bigger hit than her own tome.

She recalled Millie lounging around during parties at the White House. "I'd always go and say hello to the little bitch," Noonan jested.

"It's OK; the reverend laughed," she said, referring to the preacher who gave the invocation before the lunch.

Noonan also jokingly wondered if a certain senator and former first lady who'd like to be president might be funding Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

"Could Hillary be behind that?" she asked with a smile.

4. McCain Campaigns for Bush AND Kerry

"I believe that both President Bush and Senator Kerry would be good, fine presidents."

So says Republican Sen. John McCain.

"The Bush campaign, a hefty machine that runs on discipline and message control, finds itself dependent on one of the nation's most uncontrollable politicians," Cox News Service notes. 

"Nobody else in the Bush campaign sphere ever strays from the playbook. ... The acknowledgement that Kerry would be anything but an unmitigated disaster is a notion not uttered by anyone else in the Bush camp."

True, McCain does praise the president's "proven effective leadership," but he just can't criticize the Democrat whose phony congressional testimony in 1971 was used to torture him while he was a POW in Vietnam.

McCain, after refusing to name a winner following the first presidential debate, "didn't miss a beat in handling the follow-up question, one the Bush campaign thinks is a clincher for their guy," Cox reported.

"Would America be less secure under a President Kerry?

"'No,' McCain said immediately and with certainty."

5. Bush Bad, Clinton Good - Go Figure

The item below is a popular e-mail spreading like wildfire across the Internet, something for the undecided crowd to think about:

Clinton awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Yugoslavia - good
Bush awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Iraq - bad

Clinton spends $77 billion on war in Serbia - good
Bush spends $87 billion in Iraq - bad

Clinton imposes regime change in Serbia - good
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad

Clinton bombs Christian Serbs on behalf of Muslim Albanian terrorists - good
Bush liberates 25 million from a genocidal dictator - bad

Clinton bombs Chinese Embassy - good
Bush bombs terrorist camps - bad

Clinton commits felonies while in office - good
Bush lands on aircraft carrier in flight suit - bad

No mass graves found in Serbia - good
No WMD found in Iraq - bad

Stock market crashes in 2000 under Clinton - good
Economy on upswing under Bush - bad

Clinton refuses to take custody of bin Laden - good
World Trade Centers fall under Bush - bad

Clinton says Saddam has nukes - good
Bush says Saddam has nukes - bad

Clinton calls for regime change in Iraq - good
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq - bad

Terrorist training in Afghanistan under Clinton - good
Bush destroys training camps in Afghanistan - bad

Milosevic not yet convicted - good
Saddam turned over for trial - bad

Ahh, it's so confusing!

6. John Kerry Has an Early Tax Day!

Every year an independent tax watchdog group analyzes the average tax burden on Americans and then calculates "Tax Freedom Day." This is the day after which the money you earn goes to you, not the government. This year, tax freedom day was April 11. That's the earliest it has been since 1991. Its latest day ever was May 2, which occurred in 2000.

Recently, John Kerry gave a speech in which he claimed Americans are actually paying more taxes under Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gave no explanation and provided no data for this claim.

Another interesting fact: Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy men. Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas. Kerry owns four mansions, all worth several million dollars. (His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame.)

Bush paid $250,000 in taxes this year; Kerry paid $90,000. Does that sound right? The man who wants to raise your taxes obviously has figured out a way to avoid paying his own.

Pass this on: Only 23 days till the election!

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