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John Kerry blames speechwriters for Benedict Arnold companies.
Slate ^ | 05/04/04 | Mickey Kaus

Posted on 05/04/2004 6:42:01 PM PDT by Pikamax

Out: Kerry Panic; In: Iraq Panic
Plus--"I meant 'Benedict Arnold' in a good way!"
By Mickey Kaus
Updated Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 2:59 AM PT

Benedict Arnold is Flip-flopping in his Grave! In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, John Kerry has this to say about his campaign attacks on "Benedict Arnold companies":

But the Benedict Arnold line applied, you know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said "look that's not what I'm saying."

Benedict Arnold does not refer to somebody who in the normal course of business is going to go overseas and take jobs overseas. That happens. I support that. I understand that. I was referring to the people who take advantage of non-economic transactions purely for tax purposes -- sham transactions -- and give up American citizenship. That's a Benedict Arnold. You give up your American citizenship but you want to continue to do business and deduct and do everything else. That's what I'm referring to....

Is that really what Kerry meant by the "Benedict Arnold" line, which was a standard part of his stump speech? Let's go to Kerry's own web site, and search for the traitor's name. Here are some representative samples:

1. "George Bush continues to fight for incentives to encourage Benedict Arnold companies to ship jobs overseas at the same time he cuts job training for our workers and cuts help for small businesses that create jobs here at home. ... "

2. "Unlike the Bush Administration, I want to repeal every tax break and loophole that rewards any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation for shipping American jobs overseas."

3. "Instead of George Bush's raw deal, we need a real deal that stands up to the powerful interests. That's built on people and products not privileges and perks.  And that closes every loophole for the Benedict Arnold companies that ship jobs overseas." 

While Kerry's proposal would merely eliminate some tax advantages for outsourcing,* it sure sounds to me as if the term "Benedict Arnold," as used by Kerry, applies to all outsourcing firms--firms that are then 'encouraged' or 'rewarded' by the tax code, in Kerry's view. And there's no mention at all of giving up American citizenship. You make the call! ... Union workers in primary states, especially, should make the call. Did you really think Kerry was only referrring to corporations that conduct "sham transactions"? ... It couldn't be that Kerry is dissembling again--letting the union workers think one thing and then telling the business readers of the Wall Street Journal another? That would be boring and cliched of him. ... More interesting but equally damning explanation: Those "overzealous speechwriters" have a strange power over Kerry, forcing him to repeat over and over again something he doesn't want to say! He complains that the words aren't what he means, but when Bob Shrum says 'say it,' he says it. Does Bush's speechwriter have that much power over Bush? ... [Thanks to reader T.S.  Emphasis added. Void where prohibited.]


(Excerpt) Read more at slate.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; benedictarnold; benedictarnolds; bush2004; flipflop; kaus; kerry; kerryeconomics; offshoring

1 posted on 05/04/2004 6:42:02 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
I heard this one on Hannity on Monday. Unbelievable: my speechwriter made me do it.

Will that excuse be used in a Kerry Administration?

2 posted on 05/04/2004 6:43:45 PM PDT by Petronski (Hubris knows no editor.)
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To: Pikamax
Kerry Panic?

All systems normal!
3 posted on 05/04/2004 6:44:28 PM PDT by thoughtomator (yesterday Kabul, today Baghdad, tomorrow Damascus)
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To: Pikamax
Benedict Arnold was a brave soldier before he turned traitor, backstabber, and rat. Sounds like Kerry's found a soulmate.
4 posted on 05/04/2004 6:45:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Pikamax
What a maroon. As a professional speech writer I can state categorically that EVERY politician first reviews the speech and then asks for changes. If he didn't like what they wrote, why the heck didn't he demand they change it, or ad-lib, or just drop that particular point.

Or is it possible that he's saying he's a puppet who says what ever his handlers put in front of him, without questioning the content?
5 posted on 05/04/2004 6:50:24 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: thoughtomator
LOL!
6 posted on 05/04/2004 6:50:47 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (http://www.osurepublicans.com)
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To: Pikamax
So, Shrillary is now moonlighting as a ventriloquist?
7 posted on 05/04/2004 6:53:50 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: Pikamax
isn't this the same guy who constantly complains about the Bush administration not "taking responsibility"? Yet he cusses out secret service guys when he falls while snowboarding, blames his wife for him owning an SUV, and blames Charlie Gibson for quoting him, and now blames his speechwriter for what he says among other things. What joke.
8 posted on 05/04/2004 7:06:21 PM PDT by Dr Snide (vis pacem, para bellum - Prepare for war if you want peace)
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To: Pikamax
How did anyoine this stupid get to be a Senator.? Wait: he is Senator from Massachusetts. Thatsplainsit
9 posted on 05/04/2004 7:11:50 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: Pikamax
Huh?????????

Does Kerry ever utter an understandable sentence?

10 posted on 05/04/2004 7:13:25 PM PDT by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: ElkGroveDan
It's possible that Heinz Corporation is suffering!!! BIG TIME!!!
11 posted on 05/04/2004 7:14:05 PM PDT by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Pikamax
He meant exactly that before he didn't mean it....
12 posted on 05/04/2004 7:25:26 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Pikamax
Say Mickey, I see you are published by Slate...Isn't it time you find a firm that doen't publish the filth of Ted Rall? Walk away Mickey, walk away....
13 posted on 05/04/2004 7:31:32 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Pikamax
Not ready for prime time.
14 posted on 05/04/2004 7:33:30 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get Moose and Squirrel ... B. Badanov.)
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To: Pikamax
WTF? He should have quit while ahead, as calling outsourcers Benedict Arnolds was actually a good strategy IMO......

Except for the fact that Johnny Stickboy voted for NAFTA/GATT.

15 posted on 05/04/2004 7:33:46 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Say hello to my little friend!" - Tony Montana)
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To: Pikamax
Bad week to be, "John, I-was-in-fn-Vietnam, Kerry."
16 posted on 05/04/2004 7:37:23 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Petronski; JohnHuang2; mhking
LOL.

How can we keep up with this??

This is the worst run campaign in world history!!

17 posted on 05/04/2004 7:46:00 PM PDT by GeronL ("We are beyond right and wrong" the scariest words from the radical left.)
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To: Pikamax
Aren't these people always alleging that George W. Bush is a sock puppet of the shadowy neo-con conspiracy?

Is that better or worse than being a sock puppet of your own employees?
18 posted on 05/04/2004 7:46:13 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: Pikamax
"Unlike the Bush Administration, I want to repeal every tax break and loophole that rewards any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation for shipping American jobs overseas."


I bet his wife Bit$$-slapped Kerry too considering Heinz is one of the corporations.
19 posted on 05/04/2004 7:49:23 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (What a Tangled Web We Weave . .when first we practice to deceive!)
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To: Petronski
bttt
20 posted on 05/04/2004 7:54:52 PM PDT by jcb8199
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To: GeronL
He should DIVEST himself of all his investments in Benedict Arnold companies like Heinz (73% offshore).
21 posted on 05/04/2004 7:57:01 PM PDT by Petronski (Hubris knows no editor.)
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To: Petronski
Is he really going to be their nominee?? seriously??
22 posted on 05/04/2004 8:07:06 PM PDT by GeronL ("We are beyond right and wrong" the scariest words from the radical left.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
"Or is it possible that he's saying he's a puppet who says what ever his handlers put in front of him, without questioning the content?"

No. Kerry is telling us nothing is ever his fault.

In other words, he's demonstrating his liberal credentials.

23 posted on 05/04/2004 8:48:20 PM PDT by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Pikamax
Since some people started referring to him as a modern day Benedict Arnold, Kerry isn't finding ol' Benedict such a bad guy after all........
24 posted on 05/04/2004 8:49:17 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: ElkGroveDan
I NEVER MISSPEAK!! That SOB Speechwriter tripped over my mouth!!!
25 posted on 05/04/2004 8:51:46 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Pikamax
[But the Benedict Arnold line applied, you know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said "look that's not what I'm saying."]

"But the I don't own an SUV line applied, you know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said 'look that's not what I'm saying.'"

"But the I voted for it before I voted against it line applied, you know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said 'look that's not what I'm saying.'"

"But the I threw my medals, before I didn't throw them line applied, you know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said 'look that's not what I'm saying.'"

Etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum.

BTW, the (persistant) "you know" line sounds nauseatingly familiar, does it not?

26 posted on 05/04/2004 9:25:56 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Drango
I thought he didn't mean what he meant before he didn't mean it. And besides, it's all his speechwriter's fault. Kerry sounds like Clinton with a lobotomy.
27 posted on 05/04/2004 9:31:38 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Pikamax
Mickey Kaus is an example of what a true "journalist" is, something totally foreign to most of today's liberal print and network newsrooms.
Kudos.
28 posted on 05/04/2004 9:37:50 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Pikamax
On another note, I believe that Kerry is the most self-centered politician I have ever heard of, including Bill Clinton. I didn't think it possible, but Kerry is quickly redefining "scumbag".
29 posted on 05/04/2004 9:40:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Pikamax
Mr. Kerry, are you going to apologize?
30 posted on 05/04/2004 9:46:29 PM PDT by Piranha
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To: Pikamax
Cynthia Tucker, who never served in the military, is up in arms because Senator Kerry (who, if you haven't already heard, served in Vietnam) is having to defend his military service and anti-war activities after he made his military service and anti-war activities a centerpiece of his campaign - AND - after he and his surrogates questioned President Bush's military service and lack of war activities.

For some reason, despite the historical example of Benedict Arnold, supporters of Senator Kerry believe he has been given the stamp of indefinite-patriotic-Teflon-coating approval against examination in these affairs.

Personally, I think both men look foolish when they and their surrogates disparage each other's, and by doing so, their own, military service by politicizing it.

But what to make of Paul Rieckhoff? Why is the Kerry campaign pushing a 29 year old former Wall Street analyst and UMass-Amherst alum to the forefront of the campaign, giving him the Democratic Radio Address this weekend?

Because Paul just came back from Iraq - has been released from active duty - and he has some criticisms about the war.

So, is he a Kerry wanna-be? Is he now leveraging his brief combat service and military decorations to launch his political career as an anti-war radical - as Kerry did 30 years ago?

So far, I don't think so. Despite a few liberal clichés in his comments (perhaps remnants from his Amherst indoctrination) he seems sincere. And besides, so far he has not shown any disrespect for his uniform and has actually defended his fellow servicemen from being tainted by the criminal actions of a few.

Thirty years from now, he can be proud of that.

31 posted on 05/04/2004 9:54:19 PM PDT by optimistically_conservative (The soldier, be he friend or foe, is charged with the protection of the weak and the unarmed.)
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To: Pikamax
It is SO ODD for Kerry to be using the phrase BENEDICT ARNOLD!

There seems to be many similarities between Arnold and Kerry.

Both were supposed war heroes from New England.

Arnold was wounded twice. Kerry twice [or 3 times(?) but one is in
dispute and was called a 'self inflicted scratch' by his commander].

Both used Massachusetts and New York to further their careers.

Both men became embittered after leaving the service, disdainful
of their fellow officers and resentful toward Congress.

Both married socialites.

Both sided with Europe when in dispute with the American military.

http://earlyamerica.com/review/fall97/arnold.html



32 posted on 05/04/2004 9:58:06 PM PDT by Minute Hoarding Clock Watcher
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To: BunnySlippers
Not ready for prime time.

That one phrase just about wraps up everything needed to be said about Kerry.

It is amazing the Demodogs thought this was the best of their best.

33 posted on 05/05/2004 7:21:24 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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