That's it? That's Bush's riposte?

John Kerry, following the advice given by Ed Dorn's eponymous main character in his magnum opus, Gunslinger , to whit: "...let me warn you, never be close," aimed the whole load of America's anger and put it right between George Dubya Bush's eyes.

He took one hour to tell America who he is (or at least as much as he wants America to know) and he called Bush out, in the form of the New England polite upper class.

“Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesn't make it so,” said Kerry. “Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn't make it so. And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly doesn't make it so.”

Translated into street, what Kerry said was:

Hey Dubya, you know-nothing asshole, stop hiding behind Big Dick and get your ass down here -- I'm calling you out, you jive-ass signifying chickenshit mothafuckah and I'm gonna kick yore jive-ass, from one end of the red states to the other."

(Some would have Kerry calling him "bitch," but somehow, "mother fucker" seems more appropriate. )

And Bush's reply today?

My opponent has good intentions, but intentions do not always translate to results ... results matter.”

They sure do, but should we be hearing about results from a man who, after four years in office, has results such as nearly 1,000 dead American military plus seven thousand maimed and scarred for life, plus tens of thousands of civilians, both American and Iraqi, dead and maimed, and this after putting the budget hundreds of billions of dollars in the hole and turning Iraq into an insane landscape of armed anarchy and dead babies? This cruel wannabe excuse for a human is running on "Look at my agenda for my second term," with no mention of his own results or his record. And he's criticizing Kerry's record?

We heard a lot of clever speeches and some big promises."

In terms of being called out, this reply is what we, growing up in West Philly used to call "as weak as a popcorn fart."

If the game is and was, as so many commentators have said, to show who is strong enough to be an effective Commander-in-Chief, well, no contest.

We can only hope.


Gunslinger by Edward Dorn, introduction by Marjorie Perloff, 1995
Duke University Press, PO BOX 90660, Durham, NC 27708-0660

Edward Dorn: A World of Difference
Tom Clark, North Atlantic Books, 2002 $25.00


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