By now I am certain everyone has heard what Senator Kerry said

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. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said.

Now I know what he intended, that the President will get stuck in Iraq because he didn't study hard. Well I didn't get an undergrad in History at Yale, or a Harvard MBA, so I can't envision how hard one needs to study for those degrees but I fathom it was a bit more than an MLS from a state school.

However that is not germane to this missive. What is important is that Kerry did more today to hurt Democrats' chances than Foley did to the Republicans. Foley is a pervert and everyone failed to get him inline before he did something stupid.

Kerry however broke many of the laws of politics and public speaking (although to his credit he was not sending suggestive messages to children as far as I know). Kerry failed to realize that people don't consider the people for whom they are voting, and the issues on which they are voting to be a joke. He tried to make a joke and he insulted millions of people.

Further he failed to address his community college audience and rather used it as a platform to bash the president. There is a time and place for everything, and promoting the positive changes the Democrats have in mind would have been appropriate. However since he apparently feels the world revolves around him he took a jab at Bush, which failed miserably.

Second he felt that we all are Ivy League graduates and we would all understand the subtlety of his remarks. Well I hate to tell him that most people didn't go to Yale, heck most people don't have a BC law degree. Speaking of that law degree, he should understand the term 'plain meaning' and realize that most people are going to interpret his remark in that spirit.

He also failed to just 'fess up to his mistake and launched into a barely intelligible diatribe blaming the administration for everything from his burnt toast this morning to the Lindbergh kidnapping.

Dear Senator,
If your mouth is closed you have absolutely no chance of putting your foot in it. However please keep offending voters it will make it all that much easier for the people I want elected to gain or retain office.

N.B. Matt's election prediction, no shift in the balance of power, Democrats may take the House (although I am not betting on that - and I do bet at Paddy Powers). I'm not convinced that the Republicans will lose control; sure they may lose a few seats but not control. We'll see how accurate I am come next week.

Either way this country will survive; I'll support those who are elected, and continue to express my opinion to them. You know what we are supposed to do rather than make jokes and offer criticism that is not constructive.


I'm not following these elections, so I have no real interest in it. I'm just here to address a typo, or at least what I'm assuming is a typo.

I don't think you meant to say "barely unintelligible". That would make it intelligible, n'est pas? I thought you might like to edit your post. Or not. ;)


The people I know, the nurses I have worked with, my cousins, two physicians I've worked with, they are carrying part of the weight for this war. I don't see how their race matters, even though not all of them are rich white men, some certainly are. They are bright people who save lives daily. They also serve on the front lines, carry weapons and must use them.

Kerry insulted all of them even though he was trying to make a joke about President Bush. Why is it OK to do either one? Why is it OK to call the President a buffoon. I've never called any president a buffoon, nor would I. I may disagree with the administration but I never call them stupid; I stopped calling people names in the 3rd grade.

Kerry should simply stop talking. Every time he comments on his failed bad joke he digs himself and his party into more of a hole. If he says anything more it should simply be, "I'm sorry I was being an ass."

your officially an ass Chuck.

"104 Troops Died Last Month."Yep, that's a knee-slapper of a fiction alright.

nuttiness is nuttiness no matter how you slice it.

use a freaking paragraph break occasionally please

For heaven's sake format stuff before you post it.

Neither you nor I are over there, nor any of my college classmates.The poor, the unlucky and the brown (and combinations thereof) are carrying all the weight for this war and no about of National Review Chickenhawk chest-puffing is going to change that.Kerry knew that. He took his Harvard-educated butt to Vietman, got it shot up and saw that it was kids from Detroit, D.C., the deep south, the mountains and farm country that were getting killed and the educated elite were back at home demanding escalation and sleeping at night on clean sheets, looking forward to lives without night terrors, depression and alcoholism.Kind of like now.What Kerry said is the truth.

While the media is obsessed parsing the ad libs of someone on no ballot this fall, something truly ominous has just happened in Iraq. The commander-in-chief has abandoned an American soldier to the tender mercies of a Shiite militia. g_an_a.html

104 Troops Died Last Month. You all are just the GOP's water boys. Bush & Cheney WHO DID NOT SERVE--LIKE ROVE , LIKE SNOW, like YOU??? want this distraction rather than a focus on the utter FIASCO of the WAR and our troops being killed.
--I'm the daughter and the wife of combat veterans both members of the VFW, etc. and they aren't fooled by the CHEERLEADER IN CHIEF pretending he didn't understand what Silver Star honoree, John Kerry was saying. Too bad those WHO DID NOT SERVE just blindly follow FOX news.


Kerry furious over new attacks

Wednesday, November 1, 2006


With the media machine of the political right attacking him over his remark about Americans "stuck in Iraq," and President Bush calling it "shameful," Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., on Tuesday reacted with fury and defiance.

"I'm not going to sit around and let these guys create a phony controversy," said the Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee, faulted for not firing back while the Swift Boat controversy burned his candidacy.

Kerry was in Seattle to do a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and afterward he sat down for a lengthy interview. The words that tumbled out of him were not the apology demanded by Bush.

"The president always sets up a straw man because he won't debate a real man," he snapped.

The controversy began Monday in suburban Los Angeles. Kerry told students: "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."

The remark came in the context of an attack on Bush's "broken" Iraq policy. At a news conference Tuesday, Kerry called it "a botched joke about the president and the president's people -- not about the troops."

Bush seized on Kerry's remark. In a speech in Georgia, the president labeled the senator's remarks "insulting" and "shameful" and said Kerry should apologize to members of the military.

Kerry, who as a Yale graduate volunteered for service in Vietnam, said later that Bush, his advisers and political handlers should make their own apologies.

"They need to apologize to the country for a failing strategy (in Iraq)," he said. "They should apologize for putting our troops in harm's way under fraudulent circumstances."

The senator's remark was amplified in the right wing's media echo chamber, from the Drudge Report Web site to the Fox News Channel to the White House briefing room.

Kerry, in the interview, described it as a slime machine's last effort to stave off defeat.

"These guys are desperate, and that's the way they are," he said. "This (Iraq war) is a failed policy, and the American people are seeing through it. These guys will say anything and do anything to hold onto power.

"America is less safe today. They're creating more terrorists. They're putting Democrats on the defensive when they should be apologetic to the American people. ... They've unleashed pent-up forces of religious extremism. They've pushed away our allies. They've failed to adequately protect our troops."

The Iraq war has come front and center as the key issue in the midterm election.

The election is taking place against the backdrop of a bloody October in which 103 American service personnel were killed in Iraq, and with bombings and kidnappings killing Iraqis by the hundreds each week.

Bush has insisted, on the campaign trail, that his administration still has a plan for victory in Iraq -- and that Democrats have none.

A Navy lieutenant who was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts in Vietnam, Kerry noted Tuesday that luminaries of the Bush administration never went near the battlefield.

"Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, George W. Bush, they had the opportunity to serve their country (in Vietnam) and they had other priorities," he said.

He also said it is "a disgrace" that so few offspring of members of Congress or leading administration figures have served in Iraq. "It underscores what's happening in America," he said.

As for the troops who are in harm's way, Kerry added: "These kids are as good as they come. They deserve leadership in the civilian sector that is up to their sacrifice."

He argued that the U.S. military is overextended, that the country's generals have been "put in an untenable position," and that the federal budget for veterans' services is inadequate.

Attacks on Kerry's Vietnam service during the '04 campaign -- manipulated by Republican operatives using a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- have hung over Democrats' efforts to retake Congress.

"We will not be Swift Boated," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in an interview during a recent Seattle visit.

The Democrats have run a largely gaffe-proof campaign. They've recruited retired military officers as candidates for Congress, and a wounded, decorated Vietnam War veteran to run for the Senate in Virginia.

A former soldier who lost two legs in Iraq is the Democrats' nominee for an Illinois seat crucial to the party's hopes of controlling the House.

The narrow loss to Bush in '04 did not end Kerry's White House ambitions.

"I've been very upfront: I'm thinking about it" for 2008, he said Tuesday.

Kerry has raised and given away more than $12 million in the 2006 campaign. Last week, Kerry and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., put an additional $1 million into Democrats' bid to retake the Senate.

The Bush-Kerry sparring brings to mind a notable political precedent involving a president and a former vice president.

In 1966, as Richard Nixon stumped for Republican candidates across the country, President Lyndon Johnson dismissed the former vice president as a "chronic campaigner."

The GOP made major gains, and Johnson put the spotlight on the man who would succeed him.

Asked about parallels with Bush's White House 40 years later, Kerry replied, "Obviously these guys are looking at me, and listening to me, and are worried at what I'm saying."

P-I columnist Joel Connelly can be reached at 206-448-8160 or [email protected]

© 1998-2006 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

VDH spells it out over at The Corner.

If it had been anybody else I would have agreed with you and said they meant to slam Bush. But Kerry has bashed the troops before, from just a couple years ago when he descibed them as terrorizing people in Iraq to way back in his anti-Vietnam days when he compared them to Genghis Khan. The guy is a brainless snob.

Sometimes my posts are barely unintelligible, heck most of the time they are.
Thanks, I'll go up and remove the 'un'.

(Wow a whole bunch of remove the UN jokes just came to mind.)

FWIW I am not really following the elections either, I already voted and I can't influence the outcome any more than I already have. It is kind of like bowling. You throw the ball, wait to see what happens and then move on.

When I lived in Buffalo there was a TV show, Strikes, Spares and Misses, that is what politics is to me, sometimes you get everything you want- but not often, sometimes you get some of what you want, and sometimes you're in the gutter.

Well enough with the bizarre anaolgies - back to work.

Awww, you say that to all the girls.

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