A month or so ago, John Kerry, asked [by Jon Stewart, I think] why he didn't respond to all the "swift boat" attacks against him, he indicated that he thought the American people would see through all of that. That would make him "Dumber" of "Dumb and Dumber," with the majority of Americans being "Dumb." [Is that a botched joke?] After all, all he had to do was point out that Bush and Cheney were draft dodgers and he was not, with Bush using a kind of influence to get into the Guard not available to the average "Joe". Indeed, were the Guard a real option back when Bush joined up, something like 100% of potential draftees would have followed his lead since only about 6,000 National Guardsmen went to Vietnam. Kerry replied that he would would greet dirty attacks head on. This time he did, but a little too obliquely for my linguistic taste.
The current brouhaha resulted from Kerry's making what he later called a "botched" joke. The joke was (taken from the BBC):
"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."What this botched joke does is imply that Mr. Kerry believes either that our troops aren't smart or didn't apply themselves in school. Of course, anyone who thinks he would actually assert that is either a Republican and evil or stupid, or, more likely, both.
He added: "If you don't you get stuck in Iraq."
Kerry's defense was that he simply made a "botched joke." That, I think, is what happened, given the language of what he said and knowing that he definitely did not mean to say that our troops are stupid [because he isn't that stupid]. What I think we have here is a man who isn't very facile in the use of language.
What was really funny was Bush saying
"The members of the United States military are plenty smart and they are plenty brave and the senator from Massachusetts owes them an apology,"Given the well-known principle that "it takes one to know one," I would say that Bush is disqualified by that principle from saying that our troops are plenty smart.
I happened to catch Kerry's press conference live and I liked seeing him project some anger. Too bad he didn't do that when he was running against Bush. In his PC, among other things, he said
It disgusts me that a bunch of these Republican hacks who've never worn the uniform of our country are willing to lie about those who did.The problem is that he didn't actually name these hacks. I wish he had.