Joseph Knippenberg makes a very good point in the Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) about the dilemna and the opportunity the Demos face, and not only during the convention. The bitter partisan accusations that Bush is a liar by folks like Cleland, and the more moderated tone of the Demo platform, may allow the Kerry campaign to have it both ways; at least theyre try it, although probably less during th convention than during the campaign.
His op-ed is entitled, "Max Cleland, meet Michael Moore." He begins: "A few days ago, the Kerry campaign trotted out its national co-chair, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, to repeat a bunch of canards regarding President George W. Bushs case for going to war with Iraq. The president, Cleland said, flat-out lied to Congress regarding Iraqs possession of weapons of mass destruction, its nuclear weapons program, its attempts to purchase yellowcake uranium in Africa and its ties to al-Qaida. Bushs real motive for going to war was that he concluded that his daddy was a failed president and one of the ways he failed was that he did not take out Saddam Hussein. So, Cleland concluded, Bush 43 had to be Mr. Macho Man.
"Unfortunately, the record painstakingly assembled by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and by its British counterpart doesnt support ex-Sen. Clelands charges. The intelligence community may have overstated the evidence it had for Saddams WMD, but the Bush Administration did not misrepresent the consensus, not only of the U.S. experts but of their colleagues abroad. As Prime Minister Tony Blair said in response to the British Butler report, the issue of good faith should now be at an end." Read it all.