Open mouth, insert foot

I was also thinking of titling this post “when you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Either expression would apply to Kerry’s recent press conference. Given the chance to explain his musings about education and the military, he stated that he was, in fact, attacking Bush.

Considering that Bush graduated from Kerry’s alma mater, doing better than Kerry did, and that the President then went on to get an MBA from Harvard, it’s hard to accept that it was the President to whom he referred when he 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.” That Kerry is retrofitting madly is also evident from the fact that he was giving advice to young students — that is, he seemed to be saying to them that their career choice (not the President’s) was to go to college or be in the military.

Kerry would have done much better just to apologize gracefully. As it is, he just can’t help being the gift that keeps on giving.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has video footage of Kerry’s refusal to apologize for anything but failing to get off his punch line correctly. Oh, and by the way, it’s all George Bush’s fault. You know, if Kerry didn’t have George Bush to kick around, he’d have to invent him.

I also know that the amen corner on the Democratic side of the aisle is in a delirious uproar over Kerry’s brave stand against Right Wing nuts (and no, I don’t think it’s nice for a Senator to refer to American voters as nuts) — that goes without saying. What I’m wondering is how this is playing out to the middle.

UPDATE IIFlopping Aces has great coverage of John Kerry’s return to prominence, as well as a reminder about the economic distance between Kerry and just about everyone else in the world.  When you live in that kind of bubble, maybe it’s not surprising that you constantly misspeak, that you waffle, that you’re rude and insulting, etc.  You’re really not a part of the normal human condition, and are pretty much just pretending — kind of like a Martian doing research on planet earth.  Kerry is Lt. Data without the humanity.

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  • zhombre

    Graceful this man isn’t. I thought Kerry was a pompous ass before — the modern dress version of the braggart soldier from Roman comedy, Milos Gloriosus — now he’s playing the part to even greater perfection. Even if one accepts this now infamous remark was a botched joke, a gratuitous jibe at President Bush that came off as a slur (intended or not) on the American military, the pomposity, defensiveness and truculence on display in this press conference is nothing but salt on the wound, almost Nixonian. Does anything even vaguely resembling humility rattle around in that well coiffed head of Kerry’s? I can’t imagine anyone in public life handling this in a worse manner. Except Theresa Heinz Kerry.

  • http://www.maximunthinktank.blogspot.com Max Creel

    A trackback did not work. However, I think this may sum it up over at my place: http://maximumthinktank.blogspot.com/2006/10/let-these-clowns-run-senate.html

  • mamapajamas

    BW: “You know, if Kerry didn’t have George Bush to kick around, he’d have to invent him.”

    The George W. Kerry kicks around pretty much WAS invented by Kerry.

    What a jerk!

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  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    it’s hard to accept that it was the President to whom he referred when he 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.”

    I think Kerry actually was talking about Bush. At least the active personality Kerry had on at the moment.

    He was trying to make a joke about Bush being stuck in Iraq cause he didn’t do his “homework”, like an idiot, and so forth.

    Come on Bookworm. To Kerry, nobody is superior to him. He is a narcissist, they are like that.

    that is, he seemed to be saying to them that their career choice (not the President’s) was to go to college or be in the military.

    Correct. He was telling them that if they are like Bush, they will get into the same trouble Bush has gotten himself into. Since Kerry thinks he is superior to Bush, it all makes sense to him. I mean think about it. Kerry got into Vietnam and out again after a few months. Now that is how you use intelligence baby!

    You know, if Kerry didn’t have George Bush to kick around, he’d have to invent him.

    Why not. Everyone and their monkey boy-toys are inventing America the Imperial Threat to Human Existence, so why not join the fun, eh.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Well, I was scoffing at the news reports of Kerry’s defense, but I do think Y has it nailed. I’ll be that’s precisely what was going on in his head when he came out with his punchline.

    Points up the dangers of monomania — when you try to use EVERY SINGLE THING as a tool to jab your enemies, regardless of how relevant the situation really is, this is what happens.

    How often each day should we be thanking providence that this boob didn’t end up President of these United States! Yikes!

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  • JJ

    He amazes me. He seems to have the same view that Al Gore does: today is the only day there is or has ever been, and nothing has gone before.

    He’s a veteran, and therefore of course would never, ever, ever criticize those in uniform.

    I guess we’re all supposed to have forgotten that he was sitting in front of a congressional committee accusing everybody in Vietnam of a laundry list of mostly made-up atrocities not so terribly long ago.

    As a veteran he’s based his whole career on criticizing those in uniform. And marrying rich women.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    People like Kerry are the ones you want to watch out for, if you fear the US nuking people into submission. Nobody is going to challenge Kerry’s self-image and get away alive, if he can help it.

    It is not cause he is evil, it is cause he has psychological problems and is very predictable.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    That is why Kerry thinks himself, smart, JJ. While Bush got bogged down in America and now in Iraq, Kerry was smart enough to use his 4 or something months in Vietnam, to bolster his career and get out of the rut. So naturally, Kerry would recommend doing the same thing to future kids.

  • http://writingenglish.wordpress.com/ judyrose

    First Kerry insults the military, then he insults our intelligence by thinking we will buy his pitiful explanation that he was really talking about Bush not doing his homework. Give me a break! This guy wants to be president, yet he is so inept in expressing his thought that THE ENTIRE WORLD(!) misunderstands him. How’s that going to play when he’s negotiating sensitive agreements with world leaders? Not a very good recommendation, if you ask me.

    The thing he demonstrated more than anything by his incredibly stupid remark, and the equally stupid scramble to talk his way out of it, is a complete lack of character. No amount of studying and homework is going to make up for that. Look in the dictionary, and you’ll find Kerry’s picture next to the word “arrogance.”

    I hope this incident makes people think a bit before they cast their votes for the Democrats. Correct me if I’m wrong, but none of the party “luminaries” has come out in Kerry’s defense. They don’t want to touch this one with a ten foot pole. Nancy Pelosi – silence. Ted Kennedy – silence. Charlie Rangel was too busy calling Dick Cheney a son of a bitch, so he has an excuse.

    I’m finding this whole thing a bit delicious. Does that make me a terrible person?

  • http://ravana.wordpress.com/ ravana

    What he 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.”

    According to Kerry’s aides, the text of the prepared speech went like this:

    “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. Just ask President Bush.”

  • Zhombre

    “According to Kerry’s aides”? People whose job is damage control, to make their pompous doofus Senator look good. Grain of salt here, if not the whole salt shaker. Whatever Kerry meant, in politics appearences matter, and Kerry’s “botched joke” has the effect of a slur on the U.S. military rather than the intended slur on the U.S. CIC. His arrogant, huffy response to this self-made mess only marks Kerry as a bigger fool.

  • http://bookwormroom.wordpress.com/ Bookworm

    I have to agree with Zhombre, Ravanna. It’s totally easy for the aids to create after the fact a document meant to cover for Kerry. As I lawyer, I’ve seen that happen zillions of times as people try to cover for errors. Unless the prepared text was handed out before the speech, I have to doubt its authenticity.

  • Ymarsakar

    It is wonderful when the lawyers and movie directors are on our side. It makes it so much easier to see through the other guy’s dirty bag of tricks. It’s like having spies in the other guy’s organization, infiltrated out the wazoo. Intelligence matters in a fight.

    Also even if there was a prepared speech, does it really change what Kerry said and how he said? Not really. If Kerry went off the script, that is his problem.

  • Beth Drury

    I do not for a moment believe Mr. Kerry botched a joke. Mr. Kerry has consistently, as is well documented, maligned our troops – the brightest and best of us all!. According to 2005 U.S. census data, recently cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 82.9% of the Army’s enlisted force has a high school degree or equivalent! That is ABOVE the 78.8% for the population as a whole! In terms of education or aptitude they are ABOVE average! As for officers, almost all – 98% – are college graduates, with 4 out of 10 having master’s degrees or doctorates! Is it too much to expect of Mr. Kerry or any politician for matter, to know these facts or at the very least do some research PRIOR to addressing a college audience! With these facts in mind, even his pathetic apology is bothced! “Gaffe”?! I think not. I pray he is kept under house arrest forever!

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    What! Beth…..”house arrest forever!” implies no habeas corpus!!

    BigAl’s ears are burning somewhere, and I bet his fingers are starting to itch, as well.