It’s over – the whole fiasco of John Kerry’s political career involving his innate ability to put foot-in mouth-followed-by-denials. Included in the wreckage is his misguided ambition to be president.
In this latest media disaster, John Kerry outdid even himself – and you thought that wasn’t possible.
At a Democrat political rally at Pasadena City College in California, Monday, Oct. 30, the Mass. senator told the audience:
”You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Ignoring his oratorical fumbles, this was his latest foray into a media swamp of his own making. It’s a classic and exquisite example of the arrogance and elitism of Washington, East Coast self-anointed Brahmins, Ivy League snobbery.
Let’s analyze the words. He’s talking to students, telling them that if they do well in school, they’ll do well in life but if they fail in school, they’ll wind up in the military – the implication clearly is that the smart kids remain civilians, the dumb ones are cannon fodder. There is no mention of any other person than ”you” – the students. Remember, he’s talking to and about them.
As soon as that statement hit the Internet, Kerry was buried in criticism from Republicans, including the White House, as might be expected, but also from Democrats. Bottom line: Kerry needed to apologize for his blanket insult of the military.
Interestingly enough, the powerful politicians on the platform with Kerry that evening just faded from public view. The event was to support
Calif. Democrat gubernatorial challenger Phil Angelides, who was there along with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and State Assembly leader Fabian Nunez – good Democrats all, but not a word from them about Kerry’s gaffe.
Democrat candidates nationally nearly gave themselves whiplash trying to distance themselves from Kerry, who continued to self-destruct.
Without missing an arrogant beat, the next day at a press conference, Kerry vehemently said he would ”apologize to no one” and didn’t.
What he did was attack his critics as being right-wing and vindictive, referring to ”despicable Republican attacks” and he demanded the president apologize for having ”misled America” into the Iraq War.
He also said he was ”misinterpreted” and that his statement to the students was not a criticism of the troops but actually a ”botched joke about the president …” Aides said he misread his script, which supposedly said ”you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” They say ”you” refers to the president
Huh? Check that original quote. Is there any mention of the president?
Hey John, even dumb kids know that words have meaning.
When I was a kid, such people were referred to as ”thinking their (expletive) didn’t smell.” Kerry is an example of someone who doesn’t think he ever does such things.
Criticism grew from all quarters, leading pundits to predict the gaffe would help the GOP in the election and Democrat candidates would bear the brunt of voter flak.
Inevitably, Kerry became the butt of jokes across late night television, including a very funny, spoof commercial on Letterman that referred to Kerry as a smug, arrogant jerk. It was funny because it’s a perfect description of a man who thinks he deserves to be president – and who, by the way, is just a little bit smarter than the rest of us.
Especially, no doubt, those poor dumb slobs wearing the uniform in Iraq.
Pressured, and possibly coming to the realization that he made a huge mistake – although I can’t prove that – Kerry then did apologize, sort of, by saying, ”I apologize to any service member, family member or American” who was offended by his statement. He reiterated he regretted the ”misunderstanding” and again criticized the administration.
Offended? How about insulted? Demeaned? Denigrated? Slapped in the face? It’s a good thing the troops are more adult than Kerry. A picture surfaced on the Internet of soldiers in Iraq holding up a home-made banner reading ”Halp us Jon Carry – we r stuck hear in Irak.”
Why do I think Kerry lost a lot of future votes in this foray?
Unfortunately for Kerry, after his latest gaffe and
incredibly inept handling of the situation, there are a lot of people who think he actually is full of it – stinking or not.
I’ve had it with this man. He uses his four months in Vietnam and self-proclaimed heroism as a platform to say anything he wants about that war and those fighting men – slandering and defaming them without proof – and he continues the same accusations about today’s military. His attitude is that because he once wore the uniform he has carte blanche to say whatever serves his personal and political purposes – immune from criticism and the rest of us be damned.
Well, he’s wrong and it’s about time he knows it.
This is a man who lost the last election but persists in believing he actually won. He truly believes he’ll run again and win.
Kerry really is ”full of it” and has become a sad, pathetic caricature. He’s had his day but, with supreme chutzpah, refuses to realize the curtain’s down on his act. We all see the flim-flam that’s enveloped his career. He should be ashamed, but that’s not a word in his lexicon.
Stick a fork in it, John. It’s done.