AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 9/24/2004 09:25:00 AM ----- BODY: Cannot Stinkin' Believe This - Headline from MSNBC on a story by Bush-hating Dana Milbank: "Anti-Kerry rhetoric tests limits." The story itself is full of quotes about how terrible it is that the Bush administration is accusing Kerry of undermining the war in Iraq. Milbank writes that it's "a line of attack that tests the conventional bounds of political rhetoric." He's right, or at least he would be if Kerry weren't actually, you know, undermining the war effort in Iraq! This story is a pathetic attempt to make Kerry look like the victim of some terrible attack by the Republicans, when in fact it's Kerry who is taking the unprecedented step of criticizing an ally in a time of war for political gain during a presidential campaign. Kerry's comments after Allawi's speech were petulant, angry and small. (All three can be used to describe Kerry as well). There's no mention in the story of the hateful and ugly rhetoric that has been thrown at President Bush for the past four years. Milbank is using friendly sources (a former Clinton speechwriter) and some selective omission to paint a picture of history being made by the nasty, meanie Republicans. Where was Milbank when Bush was subjected to a barrage of anger from the Democrat candidates? The point of his piece seems to be that criticism of Republicans is just normal, but say something about a Democrat, even if the rhetoric is warranted by the Democrat's own behavior, is hate speech. Where's the story about the absolutely unprecedented attack on all fronts from the entertainment and media elite on the president? The Democrats are calling the Republicans "un-American" and "un-democratic." It seems to me that the only people who have problems with democracy are the party that takes its name from the word. Every time Kerry and Edwards are confronted with legitimate criticism, they whine and cry. If they can't handle harsh words, how are they going to handle harsh actions by those who hate and attack America? --------