The following pretty much sums up the muckraking and lies which passed for the Democratic presidential campaign. But I suppose that one has to consider the handicap under which the Democrats suffer. Given the quality of their candidate and their party, bullshit is the only thing they really have going for them. =========================================== http://attackmachine.com/ John Kerry's Concession Speech (Version 2.0) by Jim Bass This feature allows us to rewrite history to our liking. What follows is not what John Kerry said, but what we think he should have said. We Democrats accuse Republicans of being divisive. I called George Bush a “divider not a uniter.” This is nonsense. In a free society, we will always have division because people see the world differently. This is good, not bad. Only in tyrannies such as North Korea or Iraq under Saddam Hussein do you have unity. We Democrats should heed ourselves when we preach diversity. That said, I stooped low during the campaign. I implied to African-American voters that their votes had been stolen or not counted in the 2000 election, and that black voters had been intimidated from voting. I knew this was false. It was a cheap gambit to inflame minority voters to vote for me. This is particularly shameful because there are still thousands of black voters old enough to remember the segregated south where poll taxes and literacy tests were used to disenfranchise them. For them, this memory remains an open wound. I dishonored their real suffering. I also stooped low by telling senior citizens that George Bush planned to cut their Social Security benefits. This too, was false and I knew it. Scaring grandmothers and grandfathers for political gain is wrong. I am sorry. I am also sorry for worrying thousands of young people and their parents about a military draft. Today’s military does not need, nor does it want, draftees. I knew this, but allowed my surrogates to pretend otherwise, hoping that I could scare young people into voting for me. I regret my insult to Iraq’s Prime Minister Allawi. This man gave up a comfortable life to try to build a free and democratic Iraq. In so doing, he risks his life every day. When Mr. Allawi addressed the joint session of Congress, I should have been there-–as an American. Instead, my campaign accused him of being a US puppet. Such comments encourage the forces of darkness in the Middle East seeking to undermine the legitimacy of the Iraqi government. This is bad for Iraq and bad for the free world. I often accused George Bush of alienating our allies in Europe. The truth is that most of the governments of Europe backed us in the liberation of Iraq. France, Germany, Belgium and Russia did not. Some of our alleged allies were in fact selling arms to Saddam right up to the moment of the invasion. Many were accepting bribes from Saddam through the UN’s corrupt Oil for Food program. I knew this. President Bush knew this, but for diplomatic reasons could not say so publicly. Finally, I apologize to our troops and their families. I should not have let my personal ambitions and my conflicted feelings about military force undermine your sacrifice. Thank you, and let's look forward to four more years.