This is just a thought which I may flesh out later. Some claim that the overly partisan rhetoric that Democrats used at Paul Wellstone’s funeral just days before the 2002 mid-term elections helped give the GOP the momentum they needed to pick up seats in a year which favored the opposition. It motivated Republicans to turn out while turning Independents away from the Democrats.
I’m now wondering if the comments the Democrats’ most recent presidential nominee made in Pasadena yesterday may serve a similiar function. That remark compounded with his reaction — instead of apologizing, lashing out at Republicans and conservatives in general and the president in particular.
Just a thought.
UPDATE: Even our frequent (and usually most civil) critic, Patrick (Gryph) agrees that Kerry’s comment was “vile.”
UP-UPDATE: Please note that I changed the title of this post to reflect more accurately the moment I was referencing.
**GP VACATION UPDATE**: PatriotPartner (John) and I are enjoying ourselves in Phoenix. Our vacation got even more enjoyable when we heard of the ability of John Kerry’s to “SwiftBoat” himself this week. As John said today, Kerry may go down in history as the Democrat politican who brings his party defeat in two successive election cycles — and this time his name isn’t even on the ballot.
Our review of Pentagon enlistee data shows that the only group that is lowering its participation in the military is the poor. The percentage of recruits from the poorest American neighborhoods (with one-fifth of the U.S. population) declined from 18 percent in 1999 to 14.6 percent in 2003, 14.1 percent in 2004, and 13.7 percent in 2005. . . .
In summary, the additional years of recruit data (2004–2005) support the previous finding that U.S. military recruits are more similar than dissimilar to the American youth population. The slight differences are that wartime U.S. military enlistees are better educated, wealthier, and more rural on average than their civilian peers.
Recruits have a higher percentage of high school graduates and representation from Southern and rural areas. No evidence indicates exploitation of racial minorities (either by race or by race-weighted ZIP code areas). Finally, the distribution of household income of recruits is noticeably higher than that of the entire youth population.