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November 1, 2006

John Kerry and his Freudian slip

Once again the Senator from Massachusetts has made an ass out of himself. Addmittedly, I am blogging about this a little late but it seems Kerry has apologized, sort of, for his remarks and this makes for a good update to a story that has rallied the military against Kerry- once again.

But our troops know how to take it all in stride:

I won't bother going over the details of his botched joke suffice it to say that it wasn't botched. He said exactly what he meant and it was only after his nervous laughs compensating for an otherwise silent crowd that he realized he slipped.

There is a lot of criticism on the blogosphere from Democrats who are chastizing us for our chastizing of Kerry. It seems we are not to make fun of a Democrat's stupid remarks even though the Dems have been doing it with Bush for the last 7 years. But there is a little more in the substance of what Kerry said that differentiates it from Bush's butchering of the English language.

Here is part of Kerry's "apology":
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform...
I take offense to the tardiness of this half-assed attempt at a political reckoning. How stupid do you think we are? Is there any wonder why Kerry has pulled out of a CNN and Minnesotta appearance? His statement is an attack concealed as an apology.

Kerry supporters are also spinning thier demigod's comments, laughing at republicans who dare to criticize, using lame quips like, "A week before the elections and this is what the Republicans are running with?!" it is no more ridiculous than the Democrats running with the Matt Foley mess.

It would appear at first glance that the Democrats deal more with reputation than with substance. You would be correct. Their campaign message this year is "Vote for us, we're not Republicans." Their television ads are mindless charicatures of the candidates who are hoping the main stream media will pull them across the finish line November 7.

John Steyn nailed it:
I find the Derb/Jay line, agreeing that Senator Kerry was making a joke about Bush, highly implausible. If you talk to Democrats of the middle-class and upper-middle-class and (in John Heinz Kerry’s case) the neo-Gulf-emir-class, you’ll have heard the same thing a thousand times: these poor fellows in Iraq, they’re only there because they’re too poverty-stricken and ill-educated so they couldn’t become Senators and New York Times reporters and tenured Queer Studies professors like normal Americans do. That is, in fact, what they mean by the claim that they “support our troops”: they want to bring them home and retrain them so they’re not forced into taking jobs as Bush’s torturers and thugs.

It’s part of the same condescension as describing soldiers as “our children”. If a 22-year old intern wants to drop to the Oval Office broadloom, she’s a grown woman exercising her freedom of choice. But, if a 28-year old guy wants to serve in Iraq, he’s a poor wee misguided Grade Six drop-out who doesn’t know any better. John Kerry’s soundbite is interesting not because it’s the umpteenth self-inflicted wound by Mister Nuance but because it gets right to the heart of the Democrats’ “support” for the troops.


  1. I was wondering what was taking you so long to comment on this 'incident'. I, and all the folks I forwarded this entry to, think you're brilliant for your take on Kerry's comments.

  2. The Daily Show's Samantha Bee:

    "John Kerry is losing a race he's not even in."

  3. A couple of days ago on KSSK they were taking calls on Kerry's "botched" joke. Some woman comes on and accuses Perry & Price of "twisting" what Kerry said and then goes on blabbing about how Kerry has nothing to apologize for. Of course the word "oil" comes up in her rant and then everything becomes obviously clear. I thought this was also a classic case of failure to comprehend English, and another example of why our state's average verbal SAT's sucked.

    The disdain for the military from these types seems to come from complete ignorance. Most of these types have no clue that doing your job in the service often means lives are at stake if you screw up, or at least a very expensive piece of equipment gets screwed up. Not everyone can handle that kind of pressure. Nor can they handle the sheer amount of information some of you and your brethren are responsible to know in the daily course of your jobs. Not everyone has what it takes to operate a reactor for example.

    I agree with your sentiments on the political ads. Especially with the local ones here. Running your whole campaign on the "Bush is evil, vote Democrat" concept, while not really saying anything about the issues that people should be concerned about locally is stupid. How about government corruption? or why everyone uses the "education" buzzword but not much has really happened in what, at least 10 years?

  4. Living in the deep blue part of a blue state I hear the same retarded nonsense that Anony relates, and they *always* go off on "oil" - like they just can't help it, its Pavlovian. Rove sure knows his Mind-Ray stuff and who's drunk all the kool-aid...

  5. that dude is so messed up. i wish he would just go away. after screwing up a couple of more times before the electon, of course. then go away.

  6. I actually like having him around speaking for the Dems. His very presence drops the Democrat's credibility that much further into the toilet.