Kerry: I’ll Defend America, But. . .
James Taranto notes an interesting pattern to John Kerry’s responses last night:
John Kerry made some strong and sensible statements during the debate last night, but did you notice what the next word usually was? Here are some Kerry quotes:
- “I’ll never give a veto to any country over our security. But . . .”
- “I believe in being strong and resolute and determined. And I will hunt down and kill the terrorists, wherever they are. But . . .”
- “We have to be steadfast and resolved, and I am. And I will succeed for those troops, now that we’re there. We have to succeed. We can’t leave a failed Iraq. But . . .”
Taranto notes and quotes nine such instances and quips,
Maybe Kerry misunderstood when someone told him he needed to have the “qualifications” to be president. But it’d inspire a lot more confidence if he had followed any of these remarks with a “therefore” clause instead of a “but” one.
Hat tip: Patrick Ruffini