November 02, 2006

Another "Botched Joke"


After the apparently unedited video of John Kerry's bashing of the intelligence of the American military was revealed to have mirrored comments that he made to an anti-war group in 1972, leading Democrats such as Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, New York Senator Charles Schumer, and Congressional Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined a growing chorus of prominent Democrats that called for the disgraced Massachusetts Democrat to resign his seat in the United States Senate.*

"Our brave men and women in Uniform deserve our unerring support, whatever their mission," said Dean. "By slandering the intelligence and commitment of our Armed Forces, John Kerry has besmirched the honor of all Americans that appreciate the honor, integrity and intelligence of our men and women in uniform."

Said Schumer, "We have all known for a long time that our nations' military consistently attracts our best and brightest. This latest slight by Kerry against our soldiers is not his first, but it should be his last as a public servant."

In an interview aired on CNN, Pelosi added, "I have always supported those brave souls who feel called to defend this great nation. Any attacks leveled against them, even in jest, are unacceptable."

"John Kerry, it seems, is the "botched joke" that is no longer needed in a patriotic and military friendly Democratic Party."

Grass roots Democratic activists have also voiced their displeasure with Senator Kerry, and have started a petition drive to demand his ouster.

* As if you couldn't tell this was satire...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 2, 2006 10:15 AM | TrackBack

Glad I wasn't drinking my coke, would have gotten my screen all gooey.

Posted by: Retired Navy at November 2, 2006 12:21 PM

What does Kerry have to apoligize for? This is truly what he thinks. It was just recorded so every one else could see it. That is what he truly regrets. Also, this must be the way the people of Mass. feel as they keep electing these idiots.

Posted by: David Caskey at November 2, 2006 01:51 PM

Kerry will never learn.

Posted by: KeepinItReal at November 2, 2006 05:08 PM

And the Dems feed another of their own to the wheels of the bus. But - for good reason this time. I sure hope that Lieberman decides to spurn much for loyalty to your own party. First they try to knock off one of their vice presidential candidates, now they want to knock off their recent presidential candidate. Truly Looney - but then again, Howard "AAAAIIIIIIYYYYEEEEEEEE" Dean is their leader.

BTW - check out Lieberman's slam of Markos Zuniga here.

Posted by: Specter at November 2, 2006 06:49 PM

I heard that the Dems had to get a new bus. The one they threw Lieberman under wasn't big enough.

Posted by: SouthernRoots at November 3, 2006 11:03 AM

This is a prime example of how once a statement is uttered it is no longer yours. i am not a kerry fan and when i initially heard the report i was not surprised. i did want to hear what he said for myself though, to make my own decision.

i believe his explanation is reasonable. i have read other blogs and comments in the papers that he should know better than to make a mistake like that at such a crucial time in the election season. But at the same time, if in fact as he was reading and delivering the speech he skipped over a word, i can believe that. hell, ive been an english teacher and speech team coach and sometimes i accidentally skip a word when reading or giving a speech or teaching. it happens.

in spite of that, no one really seems to care, or at least those that do seem to care are getting the lion's share of representation in this story. this is not necessarily an ode of support to kerry, but a ramble on how one slip in language can wholly change the realm of possible meanings.

now just as a matter of logic it does not seem like a guy that watched people get shot and die, or had bullets and rockets whiz past his ear would really feel like you have to be dumbass to get into the military. he really believes that?

plus, if you insert the missing us into the sentence, it makes complete sense given his stance against the bush administration. as he said, which was not reprinted on this blog, "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get us stuck in Iraq" That makes sense in relation to his opposition to the bush iraq policy. to say he purposely wants to disrespect the military seems silly.

now i am not saying you shouldn't criticize kerry. im just saying that if you are going to, do it in reference to the legitimate point. Promoting the idea that he was trying to diss the military is not it. Now is he a dumb ass? that is another story.

Posted by: flynnjo1 at November 3, 2006 11:37 AM

I heard that the Dems had to get a new bus. The one they threw Lieberman under wasn't big enough.

Posted by SouthernRoots at November 3, 2006 11:03 AM

They do seem to be riding a shorter and shorter bus as time goes by.

Posted by: Retired Navy at November 3, 2006 06:20 PM

Posted by flynnjo1 at November 3, 2006 11:37 AM

Let's agree he goofed. My problem is twofold. As a Military member (Ret.) It was offensive as to what he said, but I understand he could have goofed. The second part, and the most damning of him, he changed the blame to everyone else twisting his words. I didn't twist anything, I HEARD what he said. To call me uneducated, even as a mistake is one thing, but to follow it up by calling me stupid for mis-understanding what he meant instead of what he said is unconscionable.

Simple, make mistake, apologize, get it over. He didn't until it became critical.

Then his apology was he was sorry he was mis-understood. He still isn't sorry for the insult.

Posted by: Retired Navy at November 3, 2006 06:28 PM