John Kerry has never hidden his contempt for the armed forces very well, not even when he served as an officer in the Navy. Yesterday the mask slipped a little bit, as John Ziegler at KFI notes on his website, and Allahpundit mirrors at Hot Air. At a political rally for California’s Democratic challenger to Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor, Phil Angelides, Kerry told the Pasadena City College crowd to study hard and get an education — or wind up like the losers in the military:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Wow. Just wow. It’s worth recalling that Kerry at one time aspired to command these same men and women from the White House, and claims to still want to lead them. How would these people react to taking orders from a Commander-in-Chief who believes them to be uneducated, lazy losers?
We’ll see if Kerry’s peers in the Democratic Party support Kerry’s description of our fighting men and women. If Democrats that have had John Kerry campaign on their behalf refuse to address Kerry’s remarks or openly supports their characterization, it will expose the hypocrisy and the contempt that the Left has for the military. All of the talk of “supporting the troops” will be revealed as lip service.
Will Ned Lamont repudiate Kerry’s words? Will Bob Casey, Jr dispute his mentor’s characterization of our military as a junkyard for goldbricking idiots? Will Benjamin Cardin affirm that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines don’t have what it takes to succeed in life? Here in Minnesota, does Amy Klobuchar agree with Kerry’s analysis? (h/t: Michelle Malkin)
UPDATE AND BUMP: Do you want to support the troops? Then make your contribution to Soldier’s Angels. They have a new effort called Project Valour that will be raising money from various bloggers. I have not had an opportunity to sign up for a particular team, but given the theme of this blog, I’ll root for the Navy. Whichever team you choose, you will be helping our men and women who put their lives on the line for all of us … even those who belittle and disrespect them.
UPDATE II: Okay, I’ve joined now, and here’s the donation button:
UPDATE III: Okay, Kerry has managed to confuse the issue even more this afternoon while I was at work. On one hand, he claims that the entire issue got engineered by “right-wing nut jobs”, led by a “doughy Rush Limbaugh”. Later this afternoon, though, he claimed the problem was a “mangled joke” that was supposed to slame George Bush.
Well, no. Kerry can’t have it both ways. Either it’s a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy or he botched the joke, but he can’t seriously push the blame onto Republicans if he screwed it up and didn’t bother to correct the record until later. Quite frankly, I’d be willing to buy this version — few politicians could really be this stupid — except that he has been this stupid on a number of occasions. He called American soldiers rapists and murderers in his Senate testimony in 1971, and just last year accused them of terrorizing Iraqi families on midnight raids for no reason.
But then, that’s our John Kerry. He insulted the troops before he lauded them, and he was the victim of a smear before he botched his own prepared speech. And that Secret Service son of a bitch tripped him on that ski slope, too. It’s a revealing moment for Kerry and anyone/everyone who rises to defend him, but honestly, it’s not going to change anyone’s mind about Kerry. We already knew this about him, and his lame excuse-making after his paranoid rantings have always been par for the course with J. Forbes. I doubt this will keep candidates from taking his contributions and shunning him on the stump, even though his behavior in the last 24 hours should at least embarrass the candidates working with him at the midterms.