Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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?

A: Sure

Send in the clowns.


Blogger dbsfacs said...

The video clearly demonstrates why the voters re-elected President Bush. What a miserable man Kerry must be.

10/31/2006 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The Gift that keeps on giving.

10/31/2006 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

If Boston Brahim John Forbes Kerry wore stripes,
would he still be a Horses Ass?

10/31/2006 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Habu said...

Kerry..dissing our troops

Kennedy...offering the Soviets help to undermine a US election

Murtha ... on foreign soil giving
Jane Fonda comfort to the enemy

Rangel ... calls VP sonofabitch

Burger ..stealing top secret material and destroying it

Clinton ..selling secrets to Chinese for campaign donations

These are treacherous people. They should be tried and convicted and hanged by the neck until dead ..if found guilty.
They are at minimum subverting America and aiding our enemies..hell they are the enemy.

The list could go down the line of the Democratic Party Leadership...Lenin's useful idiots.

10/31/2006 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger Pierre said...

Democrats insult Americans and yet Republicans are behind in the polls… How screwed up is the Republican party when they are behind fools like Kerry in the Polls?

10/31/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger Fat Man said...

In which I explain who is the Straw Man, the Hollow Man
, and why T.S. Elliot had John Keryy's number from the git go.

10/31/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger luc said...

Doug said... 10/31/2006 05:58:33 PM

If Boston Brahim John Forbes Kerry wore stripes,
would he still be a Horses Ass?

Not necessarily a Horses Ass, I would see him as wearing a prison uniform, which would be appropriate for this despicable parody of a human being!

10/31/2006 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sorry, John ("I'll Never apologize!" Forbes.

10/31/2006 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger chsw10605 said...

Thank God that not enough dead people voted Democrat to elect that jackass President.


10/31/2006 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger Asher Abrams said...

"Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how."

That qualification speaks volumes.

10/31/2006 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger wkgdyw said...

"If anyone thinks that a veteran, someone like me, who's been fighting my entire career to provide for veterans ... to help honor what their service is ... -- John Kerry, October 31, 2006

"...they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, ( aw hell, you know it by heart by now ) -- John Kerry, April 23, 1971.


"This administration has given us a Katrina foreign policy: mistake upon mistake upon mistake; unwilling to give our troops the armor that they need... -- John Kerry, October 31, 2006

"I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." -- John Kerry, March 2004

the bill Kerry opposed did contain $300 million requested by the Pentagon to buy best-grade body armor for all troops in Iraq, and also contained additional combat pay and health benefits for reservists called to active duty. -- Factcheck.org


what a nosebleed. How can a guy with his money and his advantages, be so damn humorless..?

10/31/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Tarnsman said...

Kerry is a piece of that stuff that floats in the toilet bowl and needs to be flushed. The man is so full of himself that he can't simply say, "I'm sorry. I didn't intend what I said and for that I apologize." He campaigned in 2004 that the President refused to admit mistakes. Hmmm, maybe he was looking in the mirror. If he wasn't before, he's now a burnt piece of toast. He might hang onto to his Senate in MA, but he's ended any hope of the Presidency.

10/31/2006 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger trangbang68 said...

Kerry served a couple months in Viet Nam in a low contact area,faked a couple wounds,lied and defamed those who served honorably for the applause of moral reprobates like Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda.He disdained the troops then and disdains them now.He says the Republicans won't debate a "real man".Yeah like you,John,a botoxed chunk of costume jewelry for the Ketchup Queen.What a wretched a-hole!

10/31/2006 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

what a nosebleed. How can a guy with his money and his advantages, be so damn humorless..?

Oh, he IS humorous! Imagine a Skull&Bones member caught buggering a dog because he was so hated in prep school and Yale he couldn't get a date - And being told that as punishment, unless he preferred death, fellow Skull&Bones members would send him to Vietnam, force him to say treasonous remarks every decade from then on. And become a gigolo for wealthy ugly psychotic ladies. And be Ted Kennedy's bitch. And be the bitch of some Senator's feckless drunken grandson who was a Skull&Bones candidate...

Kerry keeps on giving. Good bitch. Good bitch!

10/31/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

With Deep Voice, Katie Couric Mimics Potential GOP Ad: 'John Kerry Insults the Troops'

Couric offered her impersonation, an odd persona to be taken on by a broadcast network anchor, during a segment with former Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry and former Bush Communications Director Nicolle Wallace.
McCurry, confident the media will quickly move on, had predicted:
"By this time tomorrow night people won't remember what John Kerry said because the story line will move on and they're be talking about Iraq and how badly the war is going...”
Couric turned to Wallace and set up her impersonation of the announcer in an anti-Democratic ad:
"Will this really be forgotten by this time tomorrow?
Do you think Republican operatives are putting this comment into political campaigns all over the country?” (Full exchange follows)

Video clip (26 seconds): Real (800 KB) or Windows Media (900 KB), plus MP3 audio (150 KB)

10/31/2006 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"I meant to say if they didn't study, they'd get stuck on Iraq in the
Global Geography Test.

10/31/2006 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

GOP Sen. John McCain, like Kerry a decorated Vietnam veteran and a potential 2008 rival, said while campaigning for Republican candidates in Indiana that "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 today."

Added House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., struggling to keep his party in control of Congress: "Our soldiers risk their lives in the face of grave dangers on the battlefield, and no one who chooses to courageously and selflessly defend our country can be considered 'uneducated.'"

White House vs. Kerry

10/31/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Sparks fly said...

When someone like that,Mr. Kerry was almost president you can tell that the American system of government is under tremendous pressure.

It has been pretty obvious to many people what he is but where did all those people come from who look up to him and voted for him. Do they all believe the rocks are millions of years old? Do they all believe in evolution? An animal is cleaner and has more morality than this guy. People are expressing an unnatural demeanor. It's wierd.

Sort of suits halloween. The October Halloween surprise for the Dems and by the Dems.

10/31/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

"By this time tomorrow night people won't remember what John Kerry said because the story line will move on and they're be talking about Iraq and how badly the war is going...”

McCurry's statement eloquently illustrates the conventional PR calculus. The audience has the IQ of a retarded dog and when we show them images of Fido Dog Food that's all they'll be able to think about. And he's probably right because that type of calculus springs from a long study of audience habits. What's the old saw, no one ever went broke underestimating the consumer's intelligence?

10/31/2006 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Stephen said...
"It was certainly ad man Rosser Reeves who described the process and progress of the depth interview as developed by James Vicary et. al. in the 1940s and 50s.

Unfairly exploited by Vance Packard in The Hidden Persuaders, the depth interview was developed as a response to generally poor sales of products built and marketed according to consumer responses to direct questions about what they wanted.
It turned out they either didn't really know, or they lied."
- Elephant Bar

10/31/2006 09:00:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Where Lurch Kerry practices his humor.


10/31/2006 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger istarious said...

Wretchard writes: McCurry's statement eloquently illustrates the conventional PR calculus.

It's very easy for McCurry to make that calculus because the Liberals control the big media. If it's not good for the Liberals, the MSM will bury it. The real morons are those persons who are not Liberals, who for one reason or another keep the Liberal MSM in business by patronizing their establishment(s).

10/31/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"...about whether or not what he said is being mischaracterized,"

Hugh Hewitt: Do you believe he was making a joke?
Mark Halperin ABC News: I do believe he was making a joke.

HH: And now, I have had…and have you talked to any military active duty about that conclusion?
MH: Not active duty, but retired. But I don’t know that…but that was almost a fluke. I don’t know that someone in the military would have more insight into what John Kerry’s brand of humor is like than someone not in the military.

HH: Does it matter at all how they, to your reporting, how the military is reacting to this statement by Kerry, and his explanation?
MH: Sure.

HH: And given that I’ve done an hour of radio tonight, I probably had fifteen calls from veterans and active duty, including one non-com just got back from a second tour there, a medic, a combat medic, seething with outrage. They’re not buying the apology. They believe it was premeditated. Should their point of view find a prominent place in your news coverage?

MH: The point of view should find a prominent…or a place in all news coverage. But again, as important and valuable as the troops are, as much as all Americans, and we respect them, that’s not always…they’re not necessarily the best arbiters of Senator Kerry’s sense of humor.
The FINAL Arbiters of course, being the MSM.

10/31/2006 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger Boghie said...

Geez Wretchard...

The problem is that even as the left displays their newest and best doggie grub...

The right is scooping up the resulting mess with Kerry's empty Can-O-Crap...

This will be fun...

Too bad times are serious, eh...

10/31/2006 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Boghie said...

Tell me something:

Wouldn't you rather be 'stuck in Iraq' than 'stuck on stupid'...

10/31/2006 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...


I suppose it could have been a joke, but normally there's a little bell that rings inside of us that tells us to be extra clear when we make jokes about race, religion or other people's teenage daughters. Most of us know we are in shoal water and therefore when we mean well we normally set it up so there is no room for ambiguity. When quoting Joseph Conrad's "Nigger of the Narcissus" at an NAACP meeting one would take extra steps to convey that this was the title of a book of world literature so that nobody gets the wrong idea.

Public figures are usually sure-footed in loaded situations and Senator Kerry's slip-slide is probably why they call him "tone deaf". He ought to have realized, within a half second of his remark that he needed to add something to make it clear who his target was, whoever it was. It is conceivably true that in every speech before a Democratic crowd in California that all pejorative references are "in" references to George W. Bush. But the text needed clarification and Kerry had to provide it later because the original remarks were not clear in themselves. Mark Halperin is forced to defend Kerry on the basis of "I think that" Kerry meant it to be a joke. He may be right but Kerry didn't give his defenders very much to defend him with.

There is one other possibility. During the Vietnam War it was possible to sometimes get a deferment from the Draft by enrolling in college or being in graduate school. Not being able to get good grades meant losing this shield and an increased risk of being drafted and "stuck in Vietnam". This powerful association between the winners who could get a deferment and the hapless kids who were sent to Southeast Asia because they couldn't "make the grade" was certainly known to John Kerry. Whether it subconsciously worked itself into his speech is anybody's guess.

11/01/2006 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Tarnsman said...

Okay, stop with the excuses for Lurch. This isn’t some isolated comment. It is a pattern this man has exhibited for over thirty years. I believe that while Kerry might have "winged it" in front of an audience mostly of young people, and that he didn't intentionally set out to insult the men and women of the United States military, what he said is what he truly in his heart believes. There was no joke intended despite his lame attempt to explain this away. Watch the video. You see a smile on his face as he is setting up the "joke"? Nope. What you see is a "father-figure" dispensing his time-honed wisdom to the younglings before him. He was counseling the young people to “hit the books and study hard” so that they wouldn’t end up in Iraq. That was what the intention of his words. He may not have intended to insult the troops and those of us that have lost family members in the line of duty, but that is what he did. Period. End of story. He needs to apologize to the military, and to the nation. His party needs to demand that he apologize. But given the neither has done so speaks volumes about their true character. The only thing you hear from Democrats is the worry that Kerry may have blown their chances in the mid-terms. Not one, I repeat, not one Democratic leader or candidate has stepped before the microphones and demanded that Mr. Kerry swallow his misdirected pride, admit his mistake, and apologize for slandering those that have volunteered to service in the military and for the insult to the families of fallen service personnel. The shame is now not only Kerry’s, it is now the Democratic Party’s as well. They deserve to go down in flames in the mid-terms along with Mr. Kerry's Presidential hopes.

11/01/2006 01:44:00 AM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

The real joke is Kerry's idea of a joke. What he should have said is, "One plus one equals three, and if you believe that, Yale University will deconstruct a Degree like mine for you."

11/01/2006 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger Yashmak said...

"Do they all believe the rocks are millions of years old? Do they all believe in evolution?"

I'm astounded there are still people who DON'T.

11/01/2006 07:56:00 AM  
Blogger Warthog said...

I am generally recognized as being a hawk to the right of attila the hun.
I am also a USAF vet 68-72

However...Kerry was talking about Bush not the military. It is dishonest to tag him with dissing the military in this instance. We're better than that. He is a jerk of infinite capacity but not (in this instance) dissing our troops.

11/01/2006 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger RCM said...

I'm still astounded that there are those who think that THEY are the center of the Universe.

11/01/2006 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger RCM said...

I am also astounded at my fellow veterans who when they view Kerry's litany of heart-felt gaffs, give him the benefit of the doubt.

Straining at gnats is not the point. Listening to the words, hearing the tone, knowing the man, is really all that it takes to know Kerry's thoughts (not his intent - I left my divining rod back in the barn).

What Wretchard said about the Vietnam mentality where the winners got the deferments and the losers went to Vietnam, is clearly stamped to the back of this guy's head.

His only difference with it is that the "truly brilliant" went in-country for two months and left early...

11/01/2006 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Victor Davis Hanson has a few brief and perceptive remarks. He finishes thus:

The Democrats should use this occasion to have an autopsy of Kerryism, or this strange new tony liberalism, that has turned noblisse oblige on its head. It used to be that millionaire FDRs and JFKs felt sympathy for those of the lower classes and wished to ensure that the hoi polloi had some shot at the American dream. But today's elite liberals-a Howard Dean, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, George Soros, Ted Turner-love the high life and playact at being leftists simply because they are already insulated from the effects of their own nostrums that always come at someone poorer's expense while providing them some sort of psychological relief from guilt. Poor Harry Truman must be turning over in his grave-from bourbon, cigars, and poker to wind-surfing and L.L. Bean costume of the day says it all.

11/01/2006 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Undertoad said...

Just so the comments on this one don't become a complete echo chamber;

From Chris Matthews yesterday, more context of the statement was given. The remark just before the "stuck" line was a similar Bush density comment. It makes clear that Kerry was talking about Bush, not about the troops.

It is hard to find anything more than just the isolated comment on places like YouTube. I'm betting all y'all have seen the line but none of the surrounding context.

I believe Kerry was making the usual lame joke.

And when seen from that point of view, the statements in both of his apologies so far make sense. The White House constructing the attack knows that they dropped the context, if not everyone AT the White House.

Of course they did. Spin happens.

One reason the story has legs is that it IS believable that Kerry's notion of what the military is hasn't advanced in the last 38 years. But that makes the story "fake but accurate".

Another reason the story has legs is that, a week out from the election, the media and all Internet chin-strokers have a hair trigger on anything resembling a serious gaffe.

11/01/2006 04:13:00 PM  
Blogger ipw533 said...

I think Austin Bay put it best when he described Kerry as stuck in amber and stuck on stupid--the fossilized Jurassic Prick really does think it's still 1971....

11/01/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Once a prep school blowhard, ALWAYS a prep school blowhard.

So clearly and repeatedly demonstrated that one must wonder about the party/MSM sychophancy that surrounds and insulates him.

11/01/2006 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...


"During the Vietnam War it was possible to sometimes get a deferment from the Draft by enrolling in college or being in graduate school."

Not "sometimes", it was automatic until 1972...if you were in college you were exempt, if you were in grad school you were exempt. Things changed with year group 1972, there was NO college deferment...PERIOD. If you were in grad school and kept your grades up, you kept your deferment.

How do I know? I was year group 1972 and on August 5, 1971 I received lottery number 6. I had both the draft and pre-induction physicals and just before Christmas 1971, I received my induction elegibility letter. On December 28, 1971, I joined the Marine Corps PLC Program; turns out that was one of the best days of my life.

Colleges back then would keep in almost anyone they let in so as to keep them away from the draft. Trick was getting in...there wasn't the prolferation of community colleges or expansive state college systems that we have today. Reserve and National Guard slots were another routine dodge, but they went to the sons of politicians, political party apparatchiks and mid-to-upper level government functionaries (this would include Klintoon42).

11/01/2006 05:56:00 PM  
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11/02/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Taumarunui said...

My brother-in-law reckon's Kerry deserves anotherr Purple Heart for shooting himself in the foot. That wouldbe on a par with his other medals.

11/02/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Featherless Biped said...

Warthog wrote: "It is dishonest to tag him with dissing the military in this instance. We're better than that. He is a jerk of infinite capacity but not (in this instance) dissing our troops."

It is not dishonest to say so if one sincerely thinks Kerry really feels the people in Iraq are there because they're not smart enough to stay out of the military.

Two possibilities: Kerry was misinterpreted: 0.1%
Kerry was correctly interpreted: 99.9%

11/03/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Captain USpace said...

Excellent one, Kerry's a tool...

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
admire dhimmidiots

hug a terrorist today
for they all just want peace

1/30/2007 10:26:00 PM  

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