What might the Democratic Party think of your friends and family who serve in the military today?
Well, let’s hear from their 2004 nominee for President – the guy for whom almost half of the country voted – John Kerry.
Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs – “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.
And here’s the entire stumbling insult:
You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
I have no doubt that John Kerry was trying to be glib and cute in front of a youngish college audience but instead of doing either, he let his patrician snobbishness and lack of respect for and knowledge of today’s military shine through brightly.
So let me give you his “explanation” of the comment, and the criticism thereof, courtesy of NRO’s The Corner:
If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.
The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.
Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq.
It’s all Republican’s fault, don’t you know?
There’s just no way at all that a veteran who once accused his compatriots of war crimes before Congress would ever accuse them of being stupid. Oh no. That would be beyond the pale. And how dare those mean ol’ Republicans make up some controversy just because he offhandedly accused your friends and family of being undereducated dunderheads!
And I’ll bet right now that not a single Democrat is going to come out to condemn the plainly stupid thing that John Kerry said, nor his even more incoherent “explanation”. And that is why I feel very comfortable saying that John Kerry holds the majority opinion in today’s Demoratic party.
Election Day is a week away. John Kerry stands to be a powerful leadership figure in a Senate where Democrats hold the majority.
In the middle of a war.
The clip on YouTube
UPDATE: Look! Another John Kerry…umm…..”explanation”
“My statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the President and the President’s people not about the troops,” Kerry said at a press conference in Seattle. “The White Houses[sic] attempt to distort my true statement is a remarkable testament to their abject failure making America safe.
Kerry continued: “I’m sick and tired of a whole bunch of Republican attacks, most of which come from people who never wore the uniform and never had the courage to stand up and got[sic] to war themselves.”
Note the clever use of the incredibly stupid chickenhawk argument. That’s the sign of deep thought, the kind those ignoramuses who got themselves stuck in the military can’t think because if they could, they’d probably get out of their military service early on a technicality. Just like him, smart guy that he is.
I sincerely hope that the Senator makes about five or six more statements about this. He’s a walking GOtV effort for the Republican Party and every person who gets to hear his sputtering and clueless Thurston Howell imitation is a person who is less likely to vote for his party. That’s good because it means that at least they’ll vote for someone who is more likely to fight this war we’re in instead of surrendering it immediately.