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Saturday, December 6, 2003
The Very Definition of Class

By Steven Taylor @ 8:09 pm


Struggling 2004 Democratic wannabe John Kerry fires an X-rated attack at President Bush over Iraq and uses the f-word - highly unusual language for a presidential contender - in a stunning new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Sen. Kerry (Mass.) used the undeleted expletive to express his frustration and anger over how the Iraq issue has hurt him because he voted for the war resolution while Democratic front-runner Howard Dean has soared by opposing it.

“I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, ‘I’m against everything’? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f - - - it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did,” Kerry told the youth-oriented magazine.

Very Presidential.

And a clear sign of desperation that he thinks that he needs press so badly that he will resort to cheap stunts to get it or he thinks that dropping f-bombs will get him the youth vote.

Really, it is quite amazing.

Brookings Institution presidential scholar Stephen Hess said he can’t recall another candidate attacking a president with X-rated language in a public interview.

“It’s so unnecessary,” Hess said. “In a way it’s a kind of pandering [by Kerry] to a group he sees as hip . . . I think John Kerry is going to regret saying this.”

I suspect that Hess is correct.

And this makes me think that this is, in part, an attempt to cut into Dean’s “mad Democrat” vote. If so, it is pretty pathetic and will be quite ineffective:

Kerry was accurately quoted in Rolling Stone, said spokesman David Wade, adding the X-rated language reflects the fact that Bush’s Iraq policy “makes John Kerry’s blood boil.”

Hat tip: Drudge.

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  1. Hmm. It’s also a bit beyond the observable facts. *Has* Bush f@#%%^d it up that badly? I think he’s done pretty well, all things considered. the situation on the ground is not Vietnam bad, and the number of troops who’ve died in almost a year’s worth of combat time is really minimal.

    Of course, when you’re a democrat, anything he does is f(*$#(*%d up, so…

    Comment by bryan — Saturday, December 6, 2003 @ 8:57 pm

  2. It’s a play for the South Park Republican vote…

    Comment by mark — Saturday, December 6, 2003 @ 11:46 pm

  3. If the worst you can say about Kerry is that he uses foul language, he must be pretty hot shit.

    Comment by tinman — Monday, December 8, 2003 @ 9:18 am

  4. “If the worst you can say about Kerry is that he uses foul language, he must be pretty hot shit.”

    Er, no. He’s desperate. He’s probably going to lose the New Hampshire primary, where he probably thought he had a chance of winning until Dean caught fire. Basically, Kerry is a waffler who supported the war until he found out it would cost him his base. Now he’s saying, well, the war is bad only because of the way Bush is prosecuting it. It’s an effort to convince people that he hates Bush as much as the next guy without having to defend his vote or admit it was wrong.

    Kerry is not hot shit, as you say. And alluding to an earlier post, you’re right, Bush has not messed up that badly.

    The war was just and necessary; just ask the people with relatives in the mass graves. The fact is, Kerry has no ideas on how to respond to the rising tide of militant Islam/Arab imperialism.

    The problem for Kerry and the other Dems is that appealing to the people they count on for victory in the primaries makes it impossible to win in a general election. Getting the “hate Bush” activists on board with a candidate makes him unfit to govern down the road.

    Maybe Dean can transform himself into a middle of the road centrist democrat in time for November ‘04. I wouldn’t count on it. Kerry won’t be able to because he doesn’t have the activist/liberal base to get him through the primaries, thanks to his vote on the war.

    It’s a sad day that when a man who does what’s right on the war vote denies himself a shot at the nomination because his opponent didn’t have to vote and can say what “he would have done” and spin it six ways to Sunday to please everyone.

    Comment by Yankee Zionist — Monday, December 8, 2003 @ 10:38 am

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