Now, let's rewind the tape to the scene of the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July. John Kerry declared: "We have it in our power to change the world again. But only if we're true to our ideals -- and that starts by telling the truth to the American people. That is my first pledge to you tonight. As President, I will restore trust and credibility to the White House. I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war."
Kerry's aide and former Sen. Max Cleland on July 20 accused President Bush and company of feeding Congress and the American people "a pack of lies" as justification for the war in Iraq. "We were flat out lied to, by the president, by the vice president and by the secretary of defense."
And it's not just Kerry and his aides, and it didn't just start in July. We all know the whole Democratic shtick for over a year has been "Bush lied, people died. ... Bush lied about WMD." Michael Moore has made a cottage industry out of the charge. But other Democratic politicians have done the same thing.
Former candidate Wesley Clark told CNN's Judy Woodruff on Feb. 12, "You, we've got a president who's misled us into Iraq." Former candidates Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich and Rev. Al Sharpton also accused President Bush of lying about Iraq's WMD.
Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, in a guest column for The State (Columbia, S.C), wrote on Nov. 9, 2003: "Now we have another Vietnam. Just as President Johnson misled us into Vietnam, President Bush has misled us into Iraq."
There are many, many more examples that as usual, space will not permit. But just remember in the coming weeks and months when the media try to portray John Kerry as the victim of dirty campaigning, which of the two candidates drew first blood. We have them cold on this one.