"I actually voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
Those words came back to haunt John Kerry at every step of the campaign. They were provided the foundation for accusations, and acted as confirmation, that Kerry was an untrustworthy flip-flopper.
Why, oh, why didn't he mention that there were two different bills? One was better than the other. He voted for the good one, and against the bad one.
Now, was that so hard to explain?