Saturday, September 04, 2004

Kerry Goes Back to Nam

Just moments after President Bush wrapped up his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, John Kerry held a midnight rally in Ohio. During his rally, Kerry brought up the topic of Vietnam. Namely, who served and how. I think this is perfectly fair game. But, John Kerry cannot have it both ways. If military service is an issue, then it's a whole issue. Kerry cannot continually contrast his Vietnam era activity to the activity of his opponents without opening himself up to discussion of his own service record. Honestly, I think that Kerry is hurting himself with this Vietnam wordplay. On top of that, I don't think that it will play well for Kerry to paint all who served in the National Guard or took a college differment during Vietnam as draft dodgers or traitors.