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01 November 2006

John Kerry, Jokester

It's impossible to read Kerry's now infamous remarks without interpreting as saying that if you don't do well in school, you're going to end up in Iraq. His odd use of the phrase "stuck in Iraq" rather than "sent to Iraq" is what gives credence to the claim that it was a botched joke aimed at the president, not a comment on the armed forces. So he's so out of touch he doesn't realize that we no longer have a draft and college deferment, or he can't understand a simple line well enough to deliver it without completely screwing it up. Either way, it reinforces for Americans what a lame candidate he was, that however much they might regret that Bush is their president, they didn't have much of a choice in 2004.

10 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

It was just a lame comment, but I agree that he was and is pretty lame, Still, anything but Bush applied then and now more than ever. Kerry voted to go into Iraq in the first place and he had to know what would happen just as I did in 2003. Still, I´m happy that the bandwagon has gotten so big.

November 01, 2006 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Derek Copold said...

Kerry's lameness was what made him the ideal Democratic alternative. He would have been little threat to the GOP conservatives. In fact, I'd bet that the original House immigration bill would have passed under a President Kerry because he could have been pressured into looking "tough on security."

November 01, 2006 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what Kerry meant was if youre a high school graduate, but not smart enough to get a scholarship ino college, with all our decent paying manufacturing jobs heading to China...................the GI bill is about your only hope to get into college now. Working at Wendy's to get through college would take the entire decade of your twenties. I think this is what Kerry meant to express, but lacked the vocabulary to do so.

Without a degree or some advanced technical skill, most are doomed to near poverty in America now as the 12-dollar-an-hour manufacturing jobs are now 80-cent an-hour-Chinese manufaturing jobs these days.

With 40 million Mexicans now in the US, formerly low-wage jobs have become minimum wage jobs. So in this way, one cannot simply be a day maid or work at a dry cleaners for "decent" money while they work their way through school. I imagine the effects on the white birthrates for the generation born in 1980-1990 will be disastorous because of this. As people put off having families until well into their thirties, I would envision we will see many one child families and many would-be grandparents without any grandchildren in their fifties and sixties kvetching about it on Oprah in another ten years.


The same impetus and logic the economic elites use to justify slavery is the same as it is to justify allowing dozens of millions of Mexican peasants. Its economic consequences will probably be much the same in America as it was in the antebellum south. Less technological advancement due to hyper cheap labor. In this century however, it will also lead to a negative birthrate.

I wonder how our new Latino populace is going to feel about their high tax rates in 20 years to pay for a bunch of fat, lazy, retired, Social-Security-swilling white people. Think they will vote to gut your benefits?

November 01, 2006 1:45 PM  
Anonymous jth said...

Thank God we have a prez that doesn't F up anything he says.

November 01, 2006 3:32 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Thank God we have a prez that doesn't F up anything he says.

Actually, I can't recall him doing anything similar - ie. fucking up so badly that he has to apologize afterward. And given how much he mangles his words, that is rather amazing. Good luck, or good handling?

November 02, 2006 12:52 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Intentional or not, I believe that it can´t help but bring any voter distractions back to Iraq which is a no-winner for the Repubs. In the homestretch, the Dems are playing all of this very well. Bush is going on Limbaugh´s show to try to solidify what´s left of his wacko extreme base (my mom for example) to salvage what he can.

November 02, 2006 4:52 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Ziel, Bush has had plenty to apologize for. He just refuses to do it.

November 02, 2006 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Dano said...

The best news should be that Kerry gives up any hope of running in 2008 and fades away to hide in the Senate.

November 02, 2006 6:29 PM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

A good piece by Nichols in the Nation talks about why this is even news in the first place.

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=135665

November 03, 2006 4:42 AM  
Anonymous SFG said...

I found Bush so unpleasant I still voted for Kerry. Lesser of two evils.

November 24, 2006 11:27 PM  

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