I'm sure that by now everyone has heard of the remarks made by Senator and almost President John "Heinz" Kerry. Omaha.com does a nice job with lots of good quotes. (Completely off topic, but if you love America you should buy Hunt's Ketchup, a fine ConAgra brand, instead of Heinz. Do a blind taste test and you will agree that Hunts is a thicker, better tasting ketchup and more affordable. And you will be supporting hard working Midwesterners like myself and not East Coast socialities like the Heinz-Kerrys. I tried to upload a sweet picture of a Hunt's bottle but Blogger is not behaving tonight so you'll have to come up with a mental image instead. End of commercial). To quote him:
Kerry told a college crowd Monday: "You know education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard, and 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."
Excuse me? Now, since I wasn't born with the last name of ketchup or hotel chain I was forced to go to a public university and not an ivy league school. That may not rate very high in John's book but I am awfully proud of my degree that the Army helped me pay for. I also don't have a law degree like "the waffle" but I did earn an MBA while working full time (and no, SSG Johnson, I didn't buy it online either so stop telling people that). I'm sure that wouldn't impress Johnny boy either since it came from a pedestrian university in the Midwest. It isn't like I'm unique either. There are lots of educated people in our unit, and a good chunk of the guys were either enrolled in college back home or are working on distance learning here in their limited spare time. So to say that everyone over here is stupid and uneducated is a bit of a stretch.
He has since retracted the comment and said it was botched joke aimed at the President and he didn't mean anything by it. And of course accusing "right wing nut jobs" (he actually said that) of taking the quote out of context.
"I'm sorry that that's happened he said of his earlier comment. "But I'm not going to stand back from the reality here, which is, they're trying to change the subject. It's their campaign of smear and fear."
Right. For as smart and as educated as he is, you would think he would be able to tell a simple George W. is an idiot joke, I mean come on, you hear 10 of those a day from the mainstream media and the Hollywood elite. Surely it isn't that hard to get it right the first time for a Yalie and a lawyer. This to me typifies why people don't like this guy. Whether he meant it or not, it comes off as elitist, leftist, and, well, stupid. His response was typical as well. Cheney had this to say:
"Of course, now Senator Kerry says he was just making a joke, and he botched it up. I guess we didn't get the nuance. He was for the joke before he was against it," Cheney said in a line meant to recall Bush's skewering of Kerry in their 2004 race for saying he had voted for war funds before he voted against them.
Well played Mr. VP, well played. You know that he has been waiting about 4 years to drop that line again. Howard Dean weighed in as well. This is a guy that I want in my corner after an embarrassing public moment.
"Bloopers happen," Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean told reporters in Burlington, Vt.
Pretty deep and insightful there Howard. Nice work. Bottom line, you said it John, so be a big boy, man up, and apologize to the troops that are in harms way, trying to do the right thing. Of course this rube will still think you are an idiot and continue to buy Hunts ketchup because it is the right thing to do (and the tasty way to do it).