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.
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.