John Kerry is saying that attacks on his voting records are attacks on his patriotism.
No, Sen. Kerry, those aren’t attacks on your patriotism. They’re attacks on your wisdom, your sense of priorities, and the other things critical to being President of the bloody United States. Your votes are your votes, and they’re part of the historical record. Last time I checked this was a democracy, not a military dictatorship. Being in the service doesn’t magically make one immune from criticism. If you want to use your service in Vietnam as a shield, you’re not only being a scoundrel, you’re being something else: