Everyone else is posting it. Why not me?
By the way, Jeff Fecke - who gets paid to blog by a Democrat pressure group! - responded to my post about his notion that John Kerry really just doesn't matter that much:
We live in a four-dimensional universe. Three of those dimensions are spatial–the x, y, and z axes. The fourth dimension is called “time.”
Now here’s where things get tricky. You can move any direction in space, but time moves only in one direction–from “the past” to “the future,” and always at the same rate (one second per second). Things that happen “in the past” are not, in fact, “happening now.” They “happened then.”(Another note, gentle reader: Jeff frequently uses 83 words to say what he could have said in four and preserving the requisite derisive, snarky attitude that all the paid leftybloggers - Atrios, Ollie Willis, the Powerliberals and Jeff - affect. I like "Kerry is sooooo 2004". But I digress - or as Jeff might have written, "I've yawed and pitched away on the X and Y axes of this conversation, if conversations had geometric coordinates, and isn't George Bush a dummy anyway?")
John Kerry is not the Democratic presidential candidate. He was, in 2004, in the past. He ran a pretty lackluster campaign typified by his inability to explain himself clearly–much like his botched joke of Monday, in fact.(Another note, gentle reader; while Jeff says I'm trying to "put him in a box", the simple fact is that Jeff remains free to rhetorically romp and play - who, indeed, am I, an unpaid peasant-blogger, to pretend I can "box" Fecke? No, Jeff - your party boxes you. John Kerry typifies the condescending, preening arrogance of too much of the establishment left; even if his remark was taken out of context (like Demcrats have any right to complain!), hatred of the military isn't far below the surface in the party as a whole or Kerry in particular. The Winter Soldier testimony showed it, and Kerry's given us no reason to reconsider).
In 2006, he is not running for any political office. He’s the junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and because of his past run, he’s got a bit more standing in the Democratic party than, say, Mark Dayton or Herb Kohl.
But again, I digress:
But he’s not the President of the United States. He actually lost in 2004. And while I still would vote for him, believing that it’s better to have a president who says dumb things than a president who does dumb things, he’s no more a spokesman for all Democrats than Bob Dole is for all Republicans.And here you see the old-world craftsmanship that you can only get from a blogger who's paid for his craft; Jeff has built a strawman with almost-Amish polish and finish.
But nobody said Kerry was anyone's spokesman; merely that he's an important, leading Democrat, and that he did something really, really stupid, and you can scuttle away from him if you want (indeed, you did - although it took most of the Democrat world a day and the creeping realization that America, like the Minnesota reservists in the picture above, are laughing at you, not with you before they did), but the fact remains that he is a significant player in Democrat politics, one of the most powerful men in Washington, and a whooole lot of people (all of them on your side) very much care what he has to say.
Which is dumb enough to wind one up in...Massachusetts.
Oh, yeah - and Kerry has "done" things vastly dumber than Bush. Proposing tax hikes. Calling his comrades in Vietnam "Jinjis Kahn". Preening in public. Jeff! The guy was meat on the hoof for bloggers looking for stupid stuff to write about two years ago!Posted by Mitch at November 2, 2006 06:03 AM | TrackBack