Those were the words that wounded Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign, and allowed him to be characterized as waffling, pandering, and indecisive.
You'd think people would learn. Now, with criticism expanding over the Obama administration's decision to exempt Raytheon lobbyist William Lynn from its much-touted anti-lobbyist rules, Senator Carl Levin (chairing the committee that vets the nomination) has had his own Kerry moment.
Here's the quote:
"The decision of the administration to impose an additional set of requirements, and then waive them for this nominee, does not change the standards to which we hold all nominees," he said.
Bill Clinton had a problem with the defintion of is; it seems that Carl Levin has similar issues with the definition of all.
The message from the Obama administration in its first week, sadly, seems to be: We mean what we say except when we don't.