That, I think, is most of the problem. Kerry never gave a straight answer to any question. Fearing, apparently, the Rove attack machine, John Kerry ran from his own record. The Republicans, of course, attacked anyway—and added the sobriequet "flip-flopper" to the list. Kerry said nothing. He did not defend his Vietnam service or, really, reveal much about it. When Republicans charged that Kerry had no accomplishments as a senator, Kerry did not even mention his successful investigations into Iran-Contra, the drug dealing condoned and abetted by the CIA, or the BCCI bank scandal. All of these showed Kerry to be a man of principle, morals, and courage. They are a real record that might have resonated with many of the people who voted for Bush (and helped better mobilize Kerry's base). But Kerry and his people decided that they were not "on message," and so nothing was said of them, leaving the impression that Kerry really didn't have much of a senate record—or that he would "say anything to get elected."