Kerry and His Ilk Hurt the Democratic Party -- UPDATED
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 stuck in Iraq.
Kerry is claiming the remark was a botched joke and that his intention was to insult George Bush … I guess the joke being that Bush’s C average in college led to him being too stupid to keep us out of Iraq – never mind that Kerry’s grades were just as bad. Kerry’s speeches are often obtuse and ridden with weak attempts at partisan humor, but even when you factor that in, it’s difficult to believe that quote was meant as anything but a condescending comment about American service members.
Kerry should apologize. He should have apologized the moment it came out of his mouth. But even if he does admit he crossed the line, it’s hard not to see this as an unfettered glance into the mind of John Kerry. There’s a good reason why Republicans were able to paint the senator as aloof and not “one of us.” It’s kinda true. He comes from the brand of liberalism that believes in its superior intelligence to the point of automatically assuming anyone who thinks differently must be ignorant (or crooked).
Kerry is a walking, talking symbol of what’s wrong with the Democrats and his wing of modern liberalism. He’s spiteful, condescending and politically clumsy. He defines himself in opposition to what he loathes rather than defining himself by what he hopes America can become.
If the Democrats want to reclaim their position as America’s dominant party, they need to quietly (or even noisily) push aside Kerry and his ilk. I hope to hear more than a few Democrats condemn his remark and prove, should America give them the keys to Congress, they won’t be advancing the bitter and tired philosophies of John Kerry.
Update: The Russell Record has some good thoughts on this.
Update #2: Kerry has apologized for flubbing a joke and inadvertantly insulting the troops. Meanwhile, a number of Democrats have criticized Kerry as I hoped they would. I still don't know if this was a flubbed joke or not. It's possible. Kerry has a history of bashing the President with really stupid cliches, particularly regarding Bush's intelligence. But it's certainly not out of Kerry's character to be condescending towards those he disagrees with. I guess I'll take him at his word because, really, this isn't a big deal as he's not running for office and his words shouldn't reflect on the whole party.