Yeah, so John Kerry appparently botched his punchline about how being ignorant leads you to make stupid mistakes like getting into Iraq. Whatever.
But I gotta say, I disagree with David about the proper approach going forward: “Apologize and move on.” Well, it’s not that easy, is it? Sure, John can move on with a song in his heart, but do you think BushCo and their obedient hyenas will let that happen? “Right-o, old sport — take a mulligan. All in jolly good fair play and all that.” What do you think?
So Kerry’s response has been the right one: Up the ante. Everything, but everything is an opportunity. Now the media’s paying attention to him, and now he gets to talk about Iraq. And after all, his gaffe doesn’t matter in the big swing of things. 103 American deaths in Iraq this month alone — they matter. A projected total cost of between one and two trillion dollars for Iraq and Afghanistan? That matters. Weakening America’s security? That matters. Consistently lying to the public? That matters.
I mean, shouldn’t we be willing and able to go against the likes of Tony Snow? What the hell are we afraid of at this point? What does Kerry have to lose at this point? Please don’t tell me “dignity, always dignity” — on the national level, that went out years ago. Apologies are appropriate when you’re dealing with people of good faith, which the national GOP currently is not. Right now, a week before the midterms, the best defense is a good offense.
Use the attention to give ’em both barrels, John. Keep it up.