The blurt can hurt
Due to attend the funeral of someone who was killed in Iraq, Donald Sensing writes "In about 30 minutes I wll leave to attend the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Buerstetta, killed in action in Iraq two weekends ago. ... High school graduate. College student. US Marine. Iraq. ... I dare you, Senator Kerry, to come to Lance Cpl. Buerstetta’s funeral and tell that to his parents. Tell them that their son, high school graduate, college student, was just too uneducated and too stupid to avoid enlisting in an all-volunteer military. You tell them that, Senator, you inexecrable, miserable excuse of a public servant."
I guess the Rev Sensing is pretty exercised but I have to tell you that I've heard Senator Kerry's sentiments expressed before -- that of being too superior to join a perceived lower class organization like the military -- usually by individuals who think themselves so highly educated and enlightened they are committed to a classless society. The irony is lost to them; and one wonders whether the irony isn't lost to them in all respects. It's possible that most varieties of self-righteousness are really forms of snobbery in disguise. The problem with being a snob, of course, is that you have to be so demonstrably and unassailably superior that the pose comes off as a fact, not affectation. Nothing is as wet as a man who tries to walk on water and can't. The Senator needs to work on it a little more.So here's version 2 ...
Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how. I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy. If anyone owes our troops in the fields an apology, it is the president and his failed team and a Republican majority in the Congress that has been willing to stamp -- rubberstamp policies that have done injury to our troops and to their families. 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.
Read the rest at the NYT site. I kept asking myself, what's wrong with Kerry's rebuttal? It's got all the elements: defiance, anger, finger-pointing, pathos. I especially liked this part not because I admired it, but because it was simply astounding. "These Republicans are afraid to stand up and debate a real veteran on this topic, and they're afraid to debate -- you know, they want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men." What's wrong with it was indicated by Kerry's first questioner, who if he didn't wink at the audience, should have:
Q: Do you need to go to joke school?
Send in the clowns.