Thursday, January 25, 2007

How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?

Much has been made of Sen. Kerry's tearful goodbye to his life-long presidential ambitions on the floor of the senate. And I assume that even Kerry himself was a bit uncomfortable with Harry Reid's borderline "Brokeback Mountain" declarations of love.

I've heard quite a bit of sympathy expressed for John Kerry, but where's the sympathy for Massachusetts?

As the 9/11 Commission noted, Sen. Kerry and his fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee could hardly have done less during the terror surge of the 1990s. There were almost as many actual terror attacks on the US as there were Intelligence Committee meetings about the subject.

While the terrorists for looking for ways to kill us, Sen. Kerry was looking for ways to cut the intelligence community's budget. As Barbara Comstock wrote:

during the eight years Kerry served on the Intelligence Committee, he proposed budget cuts at least three times. So how many times during his eight-year tenure on the Intelligence Committee did he propose legislation to increase funding for human intelligence or to reform the intelligence community? You guessed it: zilch, zero. That about sums up John Kerry's "leadership" on intelligence and national-security matters.

While America has been spared a hopeless and embarrassing White House run by the man even liberals admit has been "running for president since the day he returned from Vietnam," the people of Massachusetts will continue to suffer as the audience for his pompous, self-important performance as "Man Of the People (who happen to own six homes)".

Sen. Kerry can not point to a single major accomplishment in the senate. Not one significant bill bears his name. He got the Cold War wrong. He got the Reagan economic revolution wrong. He got welfare reform wrong. He got the war on terror wrong. He voted for going to Iraq before voting against it. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

He got one thing right. He's not running for president.

Given he record, I guess we should be thankful for even that small blessing.