Deciphering John Kerry

John Kerry has finally apologized (after first declaring that he’d never apologize).  Despite the fact that his explanations and apologies ought to clarify things, I remain confused.  It apparently takes a more sophisticated mind than mine to figure out John Kerry’s wiggly progress towards truth and reconciliation.  Fortunately, many are trying.  One of Michelle Malkin’s readers had this to say:

Kerry said that if anyone thought his remarks were intended for the military then they were crazy.

Yet he apologized today for remarks that he made if people took offense.

Well, if folks took offense that means that they thought his remarks were offensive to the military.

That means that he called those folks to whom he apologized CRAZY.

He owes another apology to us.

Laer, at Cheat-Seeking Missiles, lives up to his blog’s name and cuts through to the core truth behind Kerry’s canard:

The great debate over whether Kerry’s statement at Pasedena City College was taken out of context or not, is easily answered through a simple two-step process:

  1. Assume it was a botched joke.
  2. Un-botch it.

Here’s the quote:

“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.”

Here’s the quote with context:

“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, like President Bush, you’ll get stuck in Iraq.”

His “botched joke” excuse makes no sense. He thinks only dummies join the military and serve in Iraq.

End of argument.

By the way, I did something I never do — I copied Laer’s post in its entirety, rather than just giving a teaser.  The post is so perfect, I couldn’t figure out how to chop a piece out, and I wanted it here to demonstrate my point about Kerry’s impenetrable and meaningless bobbing and weaving.  In any event, it’s a great example of Laer’s style, and there’s a lot more of it at his blog.

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments

  1. says

    Here’s what Kerry’s people are saying he intended:

    A Kerry spokeswoman, Amy Brundage, said later that the senator’s prepared text had called for him to say: “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.”

    Hat Tip: Breitbart.com
    http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/11/01/D8L4D3380.html

    Even if those are really the lines he was intending to deliver, he’s no less of a moron……think of the implications….. “If you’re smart and you study hard, you’ll do OK, get a good job, etc. If you don’t, you’ll end up President and get us into a dead-end war.” Right. That makes all kinds of sense.

    This guy DISDAINS George W. Bush; he can’t figure out HOW on earth he could have lost the Presidency to him; and he’s out to slam him any time he can, however extreme the stretch. And this time, it bit him in the butt, BIG-time!

    I must say it couldn’t have happened to a nicer jackass.

  2. Lulu says

    People make these kind of “jokes” and insights frequent when with like-minded thinkers. Somehow the offensiveness of Kerry’s clever commenet was missed by his handlers who all probably agree with this. Back paddle though he might, I say it’s a blessing his true feelings became public. I wish there were more such faux pas. I wish Hilary would make a few.

  3. says

    I still don’t buy it. In fact, I don’t even get what the big deal is. Do you guys really think this is going to swing that many votes? From a complete outsider’s point of view, it looks to me like the Republicans have no leg to stand on the big issues, and are simply picking at whatever straws they can. The sheer volume of posts you yourself have devoted to this, Bookworm, is an exercise in pedantry, in my opinion.

    Do you think this issue is really going to swing votes, in fact, is it an issue at all apart from in the minds of hardcore Republicans?

  4. Oldflyer says

    Ravana, you just don’t get it. These days there are two exercises in the political season. One is to fire up your supporters. Second is to distract the opposition from their message (assuming they have one). Kerry has done a masterful job for Republicans on both counts. Will it make a significant difference? Perhaps not, but every bit helps.

    That is why so many Republicans are ecstatic.

    BTW, some people are angry with Kerry. That is wrong, because it is akin to a farmer being angry at a braying Jackass. Neither can avoid being true to his nature.

    Actually, I had a pet donkey as a kid; and worked with mules on my Uncle’s farm. I have a lot of respect for jackasses and apologize if I offended any.

  5. JJ says

    “Like-minded thinkers” is the key. If he botched a joke it was the most labored joke in the history of humor; but the manner in which he botched it tells you exactly who he really is, what he really thinks, and what he believes.

    A moment of clarity, during which he told us who the liberals really are when they’re at home.

  6. says

    The only exercise in pedantry isn’t by Bookworm.

    Kerry has a compartamentalized mind. Meaning, he says one thing, but he thinks he said something totally different, even if he knows deep down the reasons why he made the joke anti-military in the first place.

    For those kinds of people, talking about what they intended or not, is a bit counter-productive. Because they don’t even know what they intended, how is anyone else supposed to look at them and guess the right intention?

  7. BigAL says

    “Even if those are really the lines he was intending to deliver, he’s no less of a moron……think of the implications….. “If you’re smart and you study hard, you’ll do OK, get a good job, etc. If you don’t, you’ll end up President and get us into a dead-end war.” Right. That makes all kinds of sense.”

    Yes, it actually does make sense moron!

  8. says

    You never disappoint, BigAL…..a bit like Kerry. The gift that just keeps on giving.

    G.W. Bush did better in school than John Kerry. Furthermore, G.W. is now the President of the United States – a job that Kerry wanted REALLY badly, but couldn’t get.

    Now….please tell us all how Kerry’s advice to the students at the California community college makes sense…..even as a joke!

  9. BigAL says

    OK Earl, here goes: PAY ATTENTION:

    The only part that shouldn’t make sense is the insinuation that a dumb person could actually end up President.

    History and our current President have proven this to be possible.

    As for the dead-end war–it’s pretty much self-explanatory.

    It’s a DEAD_END

    As for it being funny, it’s not really. None of this is funny. It’s all very tragic. Kerry is not a comedian and I’ll admit that is obvious.

Leave a Reply