November 1, 2006


Kerry-ing on may doom Dems: Sen. says uneducated 'get stuck in Iraq' (MICHAEL McAULIFF, 11/01/06, NY DAILY NEWS)

[A] furious Kerry refused to back down, saying he would never apologize for taking on the President - and that the criticism against him was orchestrated by "assorted right-wing nut jobs."

Kerry is thought to be eying another White House run after losing to Bush in 2004. But the fallout from his flubbed line could endanger his ambitions - and may even torpedo Democrats' dreams of regaining control of Congress in next Tuesday's election.

Party leadership will make Cabana Boy engage in some serious self-flagellation today. They just can't afford for this stupid story to dominate the news cycle much longer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2006 8:38 AM

I don't know how. The nutroots--oops, I meant netroots--think he's a hero, and Kerry's "apology" could've been cut-and-pasted from a Democratic Underground discussion board. The nutroots are the people effectively running the party these days.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 1, 2006 8:58 AM

If Harry Reid is such an idiot, then why would Kerry listen to him? Or Nancy Pelosi? After all, Cabana Boy is richer and more erudite than they are.

Posted by: ratbert at November 1, 2006 9:07 AM

He will not shut up.

Posted by: AllenS at November 1, 2006 9:34 AM

You know that, deep down, a lot of Dems wish they were going to a funeral in Mass. this week instead, because unlike '002, there is no way it would turn into an embarassing pep-rally for this guy.

But I l do love these October Surprises the Dems keep delivering up.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 1, 2006 9:46 AM

Stupid story? I think it's a profound one as a Democrat has finally revealed an actual position. To wit: all of those in the military in Iraq are stupid, and all Republicans are right-wing nut jobs. Excellent. Good to know. Merci, Senator Kerry.

Posted by: Melissa at November 1, 2006 10:13 AM

The left has always promugated the persistent and somewhat related libels that military and gun people are illiterate churls. Like all who chronically underestimate their opponrnts, they are paying the price.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 1, 2006 10:55 AM

Of course, John F. Kerry still has not released his military records to the public, as he promised to Tim Russert almost 2 years ago.

Why should he back down now? He isn't going to lose his seat in MA unless Tereza or Tom Brady decides to run against him.

But, he will never again be able to make a public appearance without being reminded of his slur.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 1, 2006 11:07 AM

Nothing stupid about this story. It's big for a reason. We're in a world war.

Posted by: M at November 1, 2006 11:10 AM

We're in the coda to the Long War, which was won when the domestic Left conceded that Marxism is a failure.

Posted by: oj at November 1, 2006 11:11 AM

oj: My old memory banks are unable to access it. Please remind me of the concession speech and its author(s).

Posted by: ed at November 1, 2006 11:55 AM


Read Democrats comments at the time of Reagan's death. At the point that they pretended they'd helped him, instead of opposed him, in the final years of the Cold War they were conceding.

Posted by: oj at November 1, 2006 12:16 PM

Stay in school or you'll end up in Iraq is a modern day spin on the old 60's draft dodger's meme and surely wasn't lost on the boomers and their modern day wannabes.

Said in error? h/t J Steinbeck, Yeah, Lenny, lots of rabbits.

Posted by: erp at November 1, 2006 12:17 PM

Not to nit-pick, but the defeat of the Soviet Union was and is explained by the true believers as not the fault of Marxism, but of its improper application by the Russkies.

Posted by: ed at November 1, 2006 12:42 PM

At one point this AM, all three 42" flat screens in the cardio room at the gym [running CNN, NBC and FOX] were simultaneously filled with the face of the Jr. Senator from Mass. [who served in Viet Nam]. Actually think I threw up just a little....

Posted by: John Resnick at November 1, 2006 1:04 PM


"Not to nit-pick, but the defeat of the Soviet Union was and is explained by the true believers as not the fault of Marxism, but of its improper application by the Russkies."

What's your point? True believers saw Elvis at a Burger King in Indiana last week.

Posted by: sam at November 1, 2006 1:34 PM

Was it the Old, Fat Vegas Elvis, or the Young, Hip Memphis Elvis?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 1, 2006 3:35 PM

Raoul: Burger King!

Posted by: Bartman at November 1, 2006 3:45 PM

Funniest thing is Derbyshire defending Kerry on the NRO Corner. He says that everybody who doesn't buy Kerry's "explanation" is a Liar For Bush.

I know Derbyshire hates Bush. He apparently hates having a job, too. I figure one more goof and Derbyshire is out the door. Even the anti-Hispanic yahoos in NRO's audience won't cut him much more slack if he keeps screwing up...well, as bad as Kerry did.

Posted by: Casey Abell at November 1, 2006 3:56 PM

Casey Abell:

Well, you know Derbyshire: His opponents have to be either liars, scoundrels, or manic religious nuts. Sometimes all three.

Here are some of his thoughts about liberals:

They are bullies! They are cowards! They are snobs! They are narcissists! They are shallow! They are obscurantist! They are racist! They are sentimental! They are fiscally irresponsible! They hate the nation-state! They hate religion! They hate democracy! They hate science!

Far be it from me to defend liberals -- I've slung my share of jokes at them -- but I do typically keep the name-calling to under ten instances per paragraph.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 1, 2006 8:19 PM


My thoughts exactly. Ramesh Ponnuru, for one, fired right back at Derb, telling him he better learn to handle criticism. JPod said pretty much the same. Oddly enough, a couple of other 'conservative' bloggers defended Kerry, too (like LaShawn Barber). While I can see how changing a few words would make Kerry's statement a play on Bush, there is no way he misread his statement that badly. Next, we'll be hearing that he was drunk. It's all he has left.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 1, 2006 10:05 PM

it's easy enough to defend what Kerry said. The problem is that he has to apologize even if he was just inarticulate. Politics isn't about fairness.

Posted by: oj at November 1, 2006 11:09 PM

LaShawn was wrong, but she's sincere. Derbyshire just loves being the pig in the parlor.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 1, 2006 11:19 PM