Kerry an embarrassment
So what else is new.
Yeah, if he had any chance of getting the dem nomination again
He didnt. Not a chance in hell.
The problem with Kerry's comments is that they can too easily be interpreted to mean exactly what most people have taken them to mean, ie that if you don't study you end up in the military. He claims (and I believe him) that he was referring to Bush and his getting America "stuck" in Iraq. The uproar is simply because Kerry did not make his meaning plain.
That is true, but at the same time he was right in his angry retort too. Yes, the problem with his comments is that they could
too easily be interpreted to mean a slight to the soldiers. But even rightwingers like McGentrix and yourself actually also recognized that that wasnt
in fact what he meant. Anyone who did misunderstand, could hear Kerry say look it but thats not what I meant at all, and think, well then he's an ass for being so unclear, and thats it
. End of story.
The whole indignation that he should now formally apologise to all the soldiers who serve or served in Iraq, for a slight he was never making in the first place because he effed up in saying what he wanted to say to a group of students, is just politicized shite. He is right when he says that this is one of those prefabricated outrages - yes, he stumbled over his words and what he intended to say came out all wrong, so, what else is new, and? If you're the listener, you realise he simply f*cked his words up and thats it, you consider him the pompous ass he is, or you forgive him, over. I mean, for Chrissakes, he's not even actually standing in any election!
Anything beyond that - including the high-pitched demands for apologies and attacks about how Kerry has revealed himself to hate the soldiers - are just politicized making of hay, and thats the totally typical part. The indignation on the part of all those who are now raving on about it on TV and radio - the Republican pols, the Fox talk show hosts - is so utterly fake
, and thats what gets to me - they know
he merely slipped up too, they're not less intelligent than you or McG. But they wont ever tell their listeners, and instead try to make it into a huge fuss - when it has NO practical relevance to the lives of any American, none, and Kerry is not standing for any election this November.
In these last election weeks, the Republicans have been getting hammered on a range of actual issues that affect Americans' lives, from the way the war in Iraq is conducted to the Bush admin spending like a drunken sailor to the jobless economic growth to endemic corruption on Capitol Hill to god knows what else - so what do they come up with instead? A push to fill the airways for the last few days with indignation about how a former Presidential candidate who holds no significance for the Democratic future and isnt taken seriously by half his own party appeared to say something that he didnt actually want to say or literally say but that, if he had said it like it sounded for a moment, would have been really offensive. Jesus. I'd say it smelled like desperation werent it for the fact that I think it might actually work.
This is so typical - Americans are faced with a sleigh of relevant issues, and instead of even trying to defend their own positions on them, the Republican agitproppers lurch onto some embarassing rhetorical detail to try to consume all the media oxygen with that instead. Not having credible, popular answers on any of the actual issues, they grasp for some politically irrelevant personal flaw and try to make that into some big symbolic values thing, and have that determine people's vote instead. From swiftboaters to Ford's Playboy party, they are the masters
of irrelevant sidelining of the debate.
How does that serve the interest of Americans? It doesnt. Its just baiting. (Bait-and-switch?). I can only hope that this time, that wont work anymore, that people wont let themselves be distracted from the issues that determine their lives to some whipped-up frenzy about some stupid but irrelevant eff-up anymore.