“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”For someone who went to an Ivy League school, that's not only an incredibly dumb thing to say, but it demeans all the troops serving our country with honor and dignity.
This is someone who was close to winning the Presidency and leading those same troops? This is someone who thinks that he should again run for President? This is a leader of the Democrat party of the United States?
Here's some news for you Kerry. You and your ilk are despised because you despise our troops so. You think that they're stupid or worse to join the military and serve our country through thick and thin. You have dishonored our troops, and you continue to dishonor the uniform that you once wore.
Oh, and the statement is factually and demonstrably false. Our military is an all-volunteer force - no one was forced to sign up. Many have had college and advanced level educations.
And he thinks that this is going to rally people to vote for a Democrat? I have a bridge to sell in Brooklyn.
And here's the video:
How this cannot turn into anything but Democrats shooting themselves in the foot just days before the election is simply amazing. Karl Rove, you magnificent bastard. Getting Kerry to mouth off like this is a stroke of genius. Others blogging: GOP and the City, Stop the ACLU, Texas Rainmaker, Hot Air, Patterico, Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey, Dan Riehl, Gaius, and Sister Toldjah.
This is just the start folks. Welcome to Halloween - Kerry style.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has called on Kerry to apologize. Like apologies mean anything for statements such as this? Kerry's contempt for the military and those who have a calling to serve in the US Armed Forces is palpable and visceral.
Kerry was speaking to his core constituency. The anti-war anti-US far left. They lap this stuff up and their venom towards the US Armed Forces is palpable in everything Kerry says and does. So Kerry continues to make such statements - not as gaffes, but as sincere beliefs to his audiences.
The problem is that Kerry's core constituency is insufficient to win an election nationally or poll a majority of Americans. He's out of step with most Americans, but because he thinks that it plays well with the remnants of the Democrat party he continues to stick his foot in the collective mouth of Democrats across the country.
It bears repeating - if Kerry is going to appear with any other candidates for the duration of this election cycle, this video should follow him around. If he's appearing with Menendez in NJ - the RSCC or other groups (including the Kean campaign) should plaster the airwaves with this video. This video must follow him around if the GOP is smart (and I'm sure Rove is watching closely).
That's how radioactive this kind of thing should be. It's the Democrat party in action - and don't think for one instant that enemies of the US aren't watching and reading US media closely to see who would do a lesser job against them.
The Anchoress and Tom Maguire have more. Gateway Pundit picks up on the Kerry lies about education and military service. Tigerhawk notes that the mask slips.
Via Stop the ACLU, Kerry is blaming the GOP and media for distorting his statements.
Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry's comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:Sorry, but that doesn't fly. Kerry has repeatedly smeared veterans of wars, from Vietnam through the current conflicts, including claiming that they engaged in war crimes and violations of the Geneva Conventions. If anyone is lying here, it's Kerry (again). Indeed, the media is doing its best to spin this in Kerry's favor by blaming it on GOP.
"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.
Here's the direct link to the Kerry "rebuttal."
So, Kerry wants to make this all about Bush. The media is trying its best to spin this as a Bush attack on Kerry, disregarding that it was Kerry's asinine statements about those serving in the military that demanded a strong response. Kerry's supporters wants us to believe that it was simply a joke that was misunderstood. At least that's what some are trying to say that Kerry meant to say. Too bad that doesn't come across in Kerry's presser or official statement on the matter. In those, Kerry is unrepentant and refuses to admit he was wrong. That's because he doesn't believe he was wrong. Don Surber still thinks that Kerry should have been smart enough to apologize. Hey, for political expediency it would be the right thing to do, but this is why Kerry could not get elected president in 2004, and why people will be even less willing to take a flier on him in 2008.
QandO's irony meter is pegged in the red zone because the first person to lay into Kerry was none other than John McCain, and was followed shortly afterwards by the American Foreign Legion, whose military service is pretty well known.
Frank J. lays down the humor bat.
Others blogging: Cold Fury, Macranger, Wizbang, and Political Pit Bull.
Glenn Reynolds notes Kerry is the gift that keeps on giving to the GOP. Stop digging suggests Marc at USS Neverdock especially when Kerry admits back in 2004 that he wasn't misled - he simply flipped positions. Roger L. Simon wonders if this fiasco might rescue the GOP from losing on Election Night. Quite possibly.
Tammy Bruce, among others, notes that those serving in the Armed Forces have higher educational achievement than those who haven't served.
Austin Bay isn't amused.
Senator Bill Frist joins the choir of those demanding apologies.
So what have other milbloggers had to say about this? It's pretty unanimous - and the use of strong language is quite prevalent. They're not amused one bit by Kerry's latest antics. Those commenting include Blackfive, Argghhh! (The Donovan), Lt Smash, and WillyShake.
President Bush drops 50 and fires for effect. So does an unnamed Democrat Congressman. Apparently they dislike what Kerry said, but not enough to go on the record publicly.
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