Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
This NYT Political Memo made me laugh this morning “Flubbed Joke Makes Kerry Punching Bag.”
“He’s back. Senator John Kerry had been carefully and quietly building himself back up after his failed 2004 presidential run, campaigning for Democratic candidates in places where he could forget about his sometimes strained relationships with his peers back in Washington. But with a single word – or a single word left out of what was supposed to be a laugh line directed at the president – Mr. Kerry has become a punching bag again, for Republicans and for his own party.”
And that’s the real kicker: “Democrats came out strongly against him…Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York called Mr. Kerry’s remarks inappropriate.”
Ain’t that a shocker? From the woman who has never stood for anything, suddenly, smelling blood in the water over a rival ’08 candidate, Hillary hikes up her skirt and pounces.
What kahunas. As I wrote yesterday, some of the more namby pamby, spineless, gutless Democrats, afraid to fight, cowed by the past several elections, reacted in the way Democrats normally react, “agreeing with the president”, calling on Kerry to cut and run, running themselves in fear of a scrap with the big bad Republicans. Too bad. That’s exactly why America won’t vote for you, Democrats, if, in the face of a fight, you run and hide and obfuscate and cower.
Meanwhile, John McCain’s turning on his old friend was also shameful, but what clearly rattled the punditocracy was that rather than lie down and take it, Kerry “punched back, only harder.” At the end of the day, most of this faux “outrage” over Kerry has zero to do with what he actually said, nothing to do with next Tuesday, and everything to do with ’08.
Circle the wagons, folks. While Kerry did the honorable thing and disappears from radar screens for the next few days (so as not to impede the Democratic tsunami heading towards Washington), he’ll be back, and so will we.