Supporting the troops

Posted by lex, on October 31, 2006

Ohio.

That’s what it came down to in 2004. A few ten thousand voters in Ohio. If they’d have gone the other way, this guy is commander-in-chief:

“You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well, if you don’t you get stuck in Iraq.” — John Forbes Kerry

This from a scion of privilege who attended the world’s most elite private prep schools and turned that advantage into being a  C-student with 1100 SATs, and who in turn married his way to “doing well.”

Simply breathtaking.

(H/T to Jason for the video. By the way, that “Simply” had been another word entirely until I remembered that this is a PG-13 blog.)

Update: OK, so clearly I’m not the first to this story.

But I always thought the first rule in politics was to stop digging when you find yourself in a hole – JFK must have skipped that class too:

Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record…

Yeah. That’ll change the subject.

Why is it so hard for important people to say, “Wow, I really goobered that one. What I was trying to say was…” and then say anything else that doesn’t involve an attack on people who are merely replaying for others a video of what you actually said?

Because you can’t defend a statement like that – it is by its nature indefensible (as well as being patently untrue) – and you look ever more like a compounded idiot trying. You admit you made a mistake – people do mis-speak – and you try to stop the bleeding. Then, after a polite interval, you change the subject if you can.

Whatever else you might say, this is a signal demonstration of massive political ineptitude. Which maybe explains that “D” in freshman political science.

Update 2: You get the sense that John McCain is not entirely in Kerry’s court here –

Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.

Or at least, I get that sense. But then again, I’m super-intuitive, that way.

Update 3: You know I can’t help thinking that a great way for you to show your outrage on this issue (and to take away some of the negative karma – Kerry was a naval officer after all) is to drop by Valour-IT and drop a fin in the jar. Five bucks to show the world you think more of our troops than at least one of their senators.

Which, how many chances like that do you get?

C’mon. What could it hurt?

Update 4: Rat? Meet terrier. Just keep scrolling.

BTW, in case you think it was inappropriate of me to shill for Valour-IT, note than Malkin has done so too – and she’s doing it for Noonan! Which sort of explains that lead that the boys in bus driver blue have over us.

Or at least it explains it up to now. Get some, Navy.

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