I’m certainly not the first one to say this, but it’s quite clear that John Kerry has not yet apologized for his remark Monday suggesting that if students didn’t work hard in college, they could end up in the military, “stuck in Iraq.” Captain Ed called it a “non-apology apology.”
While Kerry issued a statment where he claimed that his “poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop,” he suggests the problem was not so much his “verbal slip” as that his “my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform.” Note his use of the passive here. Suggest that the issue was created not so much by his words, but by others who “misinterpreted” them.
Given that his comment on Monday mirrors what he said in 1972 when he was “convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown,” it doesn’t seem that the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee was attempting to make a joke at the president’s expense, but instead expressing what he really felt about our armed forces.
What strikes me more than anything is that even in this statement of clarification, he has to lash out at Republicans, claiming that the GOP “would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy.” If he were truly expressing regret for a “botched joke,” he would issue his statement, make his clarification — and not issue any other attacks. But, making such attacks is second nature to John Kerry and his ilk.
Indeed, his words notwithstanding, he hasn’t provided much evidence of what the “change of course” he offers nor the “winning strategy” he has in store for our troops. He just attacks the president, wallowing in his own bitterness over his loss two years ago.
There is much that this latest brouhaha says about John Kerry — and those Democrats who refuse to criticize him.* Every time someone takes issue with something he says, he, like other Democrats, lashes out at President Bush and/or the GOP.
I don’t know that Kerry’s comment and failure to apologize will have the effect on the elections that Republicans would like it to have, but his comment does put another nail in the coffin of the Massachusetts’ Democrat’s presidential ambitions.
* To their credit, a number of Democrats have taken issue with the remarks of their party’s erstwhile nominee including its current nominee for Governor in Mr. Kerry’s home state.
UPDATE: So toxic has Kerry become that Deval Patrick, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the Senator’s home state, has cancelled a series of appearances with him. Guess the erstwhile 2004 Democratic presidential nominee has become toxic even in the only state that went for George McGovern in 1972. Patrick must fear that Kerry’s presence alongside him might cut into the 20-point lead he enjoys over his Republican opponent. (Via Dean Barnett at Hugh Hewitt.)