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the "Osama supports Kerry" smear

I received this commentary on Kerry supporters (30 October 2004, 3:08 PM):

I was just going over the list of John Kerry supporters - Kwazy Mfume [sic], the French, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Germans, Eminem, Kofi Anan [sic], Michael Moore, teachers unions, trial lawyers, people who support partial birth abortions, Ted Kennedy, and now Osam Bin Laden [sic].

With friends like that, who needs enemies?

My response follows:

This type of baseless "Osama supports Kerry" smear has been circulating for months, in complete opposition to the fact that at least one group linked to Al Qaeda has already endorsed Bush. In a March letter, they said that it wasn't possible to find a leader "more foolish than you [Bush], who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom." Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps... [...] "Because of this we desire you [Bush] to be elected."

It takes a great deal of effort to spin Osama's latest statement to America that "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda" into support for Kerry. That hasn't, however, stopped the GOP media machine. As Maureen Dowd noted this morning:

"The Bushies' campaign pitch follows their usual backward logic: Because we have failed to make you safe, you should re-elect us to make you safer. Because we haven't caught Osama in three years, you need us to catch Osama in the next four years. [...] You'd think that seeing Osama looking fit as a fiddle and ready for hate would spark anger at the Bush administration's cynical diversion of the war on Al Qaeda to the war on Saddam. It's absurd that we're mired in Iraq - an invasion the demented vice president praised on Friday for its 'brilliance' - while the 9/11 mastermind nonchalantly pops up anytime he wants."

As far as the rest of the "list" goes, I'm not surprised at the breadth of support for Kerry's candidacy, especially when the alternative is so much less appealing. I don't much care about the political opinions of Kweisi Mfume or Kofi Annan...but I'll take teachers and Democrats (in particular) and most Americans (in general) every day of the week, and twice on Tuesday. The fact that most of the rest of the world agrees is irrelevant.

With facts like that, who needs spin?

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