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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What we can learn from John Kerry

I believe John Kerry.

I do. I believe he mucked up a joke written by a member of his staff. I believe he actually meant to criticize the President instead of indirectly insulting the members of America's military. I believe him. I really do.

And because I take John Kerry at his word, I think I'm fair in saying, "Johnny, you're part of the problem."

In case you don't read blogs or watch the news, here's what 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. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

And here's what he was supposed to say:

"I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."

So, what do we have here? Well, we have a number of things. First, we have a speechwriter who is probably better off writing copy for the J.C. Penney catalog. Second, we have handlers that don't see that their man is well-ennough prepared to deliver remarks that require a certain amount of practice. Third, we have a politician who doesn't own a highlighter.

But most of all, we have evidence of the biggest problem facing American politics. If we are to believe the analysts, next week's elections are some of the most important in more than a decade. If we are to believe the activists the minority party, America is at a crossroads in both domestic and foreign policy and if things don't change now, we're all screwed.

Facing this importance, rather than focus on some pretty damning talking points (read: legalized torture, increased tax burdens, ever-growing national debt, a war that's gone awry, the rape of the Posse Comitatus Act, and the Republicans evident desire to protect America from itself--formerly the role of the Dems), Kerry and his people chose to go with the old school route of simply insulting the opposition. And they did it badly.

My point is this: If you're trying to get a promotion at work, and the guy you're trying to beat out has run the company into the ground through a series of arrogant moves and screw-ups, you don't use as your main evidence, "Boss, just look at him. He's dumb." There's a reason Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert exist. They're funny. They make the jokes. Humor is a great device if you use it well. But, if you ain't funny, don't try to be. It just doesn't work.

So, Kerry and his team have accomplished a lot this week. They have tried to be funny and failed. They have handed an issue (and with it, the beginning of momentum)right back to their opponents. At a time when they were most likely to capitalize on American dissent, they made themselves look stupid. It's not a matter of what he meant. It's a matter of how what he said can be spun. Less than a week before mid-term elections and the news isn't talking about what America needs. It's talking about man who failed in a Presidential bid and how he has become a pariah. That is, the news is doing exactly what the White House wants it to do: not talk about what's happening.

Nice work, Johnny boy. You should be getting your "thank you" note from Karl Rove sometime next Wednesday morning.

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13 Comments:

Blogger DrChako said...

I'm not sure where you got your quote. I watched the 10 second video clip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLuMWiQ6r2o

I wrote down the quote verbatim:

Kerry said, “You know, education… if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

As a US Army soldier and doctor, I posted my response to Mr. Kerry on my blog.

http://pokerdoctor.blogspot.com/

-DrC

6:20 PM  
Blogger Otis said...

Chako...you were right. Mea culpa. The quote has been changed. Thanks for the heads up.

4:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be a good topic for Tri Clops.

I disagree with you. Kerry has a history of denigrating the military. Call it a Freudian slip. He echos the thoughts of the far left who claim he should not apolgize for the "truth".

9:11 AM  
Blogger AlCantHang said...

We, Pennsylvania and the country, really need to get our Senator Santorum out of office and if Kerry screws this up, I'll be mighty pissed off.

10:00 AM  
Blogger DrChako said...

As a Republican, I almost hate to admit this, but I'm a big Dan Savage fan (see Savage Love at the Onion AV Club).

I agree with Al - Santorum has to go. Type "santorum" into Google, and see what Dan did to the senator's name.

-DrC

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Ted said...

Hey copywriter: it's J.C. P-e-n-n-e-y.

6:14 PM  
Blogger DrChako said...

One of the great things about blogs is that we usually care little for things like spelling and grammar. It makes blogs kinda raw that way. That said, I noticed the Penney thing, too.

I still haven't fixed the one error on my post today. I'm leaving it that way.

'Cause I'm a rebel, ya know.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

What beats Kerry's botched joke? A nationally known gay-hater/evangelical leader paying for sex with a male for the last three years, admitting he bought meth from the guy, and explaining the relationship as one that started with a massage!!! thank you TED HAGGARD!!!!

12:37 AM  
Anonymous biggestron said...

I left a comment over at Falstaff's blog on this topic http://pokerstage.blogspot.com/2006/11/more-politics.html

If the dems are going to oust the current administration, they need to pick better leaders than John Kerry. Take his ketchup money and boot him off the national stage.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous extenze said...

Ah John Kerry. What happened to him anyway?

7:18 AM  
Anonymous extenze said...

LOL at this article not being relevant anymore

3:32 AM  
Anonymous colon cleanse said...

We, Pennsylvania and the country, really need to get our Senator Santorum out of office and if Kerry screws this up, I'll be mighty pissed off.
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3:16 AM  
Anonymous Movers Packers said...

If the dems are going to oust the current administration, they need to pick better leaders than John Kerry. Take his ketchup money and boot him off the national stage.

12:37 AM  

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