First it was gay marriage—oh, no, that'll cost us 2006!
Now it's a deliberately twisted take on a John Kerry joke—oh, no, that'll cost us 2006!
You'd have to be stupid yourself to honestly believe that John Kerry meant to call our troops stupid in his speech October 30th—and you'd have to be a shrub to honestly believe he wasn't taking a jab at his old rival, President Bush. Karl Rove is not stupid, nor is John McCain, nor is...this is hard to say...George Bush. (At least, not once the former two explained it all to him.) There is no way any people of intelligence on the right believe Kerry was attacking his own kind—only George Bush has shown he doesn't care about the troops. When cornered, when losing, when running out of time, some people—in this case the Republicans—will say anything to change the subject.
This is because the Republicans believe the American people are stupid.
The mainstream media neutered Howard Dean's presidential run by piling on with coverage of his infamous scream. They did it because most viewers find politics boring or worse, are disgusted by it, and because the scream was a human-interest story. It was also a celebrity story, because Dean had become an Iowa household name. That's what's (unfortunately, no doubt) happening now, as ABC, NBC, FOX (and probably CBS, but no one's watching) pile on with coverage of Kerry's initial Bush-bashing joke, bumbling White House mouthpiece Tony Snow's challenge, John McCain's indignation and Bush's Georgian rebuke. The MSM feeds us celebrity.
That's because the MSM believes the American people are stupid.
If John Kerry had said our troops were stupid, this debate would be valid, and its impact would be fierce. Except John Kerry didn't say that. He clarified his comment not only quickly, but forcefully, with a speech that might have gotten him elected in 2004. John Kerry's balls finally dropped. Unfortunately, Karl Rove loooves teabagging.
But if he'd kowtowed, that would have made John Kerry stupid.
Will it end there? It should. But keep in mind that because Drudge trumpeted a lame press release from George Allen's campaign highlighting the sexy parts of Jim Webb's novels, the MSM made that a huge story for more than a news cycle. It backfired, dragging Lynne Cheney's lip-smacking lesbian masterpieces into the fray and resulting in a big fat jump in the polls for Webb. Drudge—whose site's headline was "KERRY 2006" before "I APOLOGIZE TO NO ONE"—and other right-wing stand-ins thrive on shoveling shit for the Republicans, believing deeply that it matters.
That's because the MSM really is stupid.
So no, it will not end there. It won't end until November 7th, when people voting in umpteen local and state elections vote for their candidates, unmoved by Bush's warnings that terrorists heart Democrats, unswayed by John Kerry's failed stand-up comedy act. Face it—anyone who was going to vote Republican is going to vote Republican. Anyone who was going to vote Democrat is going to vote Democrat. The undecideds are going to trend Democrat thanks to the fact that the American people have realized almost too late how dangerous it is to have a president they barely tolerated enough to re-elect doing whatever he wants without at least the House (and possibly the Senate) keeping him in check.
The American people have realized—and not through one-liners, successful or failed—that one-party rule is stupid.
John Kerry botching a joke will cost us 2006? Don't be stupid, Stupid.
Please pass this post along to any of your Democratic friends who show signs of weakness.
Speaking of "stupid," here is how NBC frames their "Live Vote" on the topic—by ignoring Kerry's clarification and offering as a choice, "Yes; the military has long been a step up for those with less education."