The Corner

Repudiate The Vote

I’m beginning to think Kerry should just repudiate his vote to authorize the war. Yes, it will be one of his largest flip-flops, and would be a major risk. But at least it would give him an Iraq position that is coherent in the here-and-now, even if it hasn’t been consistent over time. It’s obviously much easier to argue that we have been mislead into a mistaken war and you regret your vote to authorize it, than it is to argue that we have been mislead into a mistaken war and you stand by your vote to authorize it. It must be the flip-flopping criticism that is keeping Kerry from doing this, so this Bush campaign line of attack has two benefits: it tars Kerry as a flip-flopper AND keeps his Iraq position incoherent.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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