as noted on atrios:
HANNITY: How important is getting Usama bin Laden in the war on terror?
BUSH: Well, it’s important, and that’s why we’re after him every single day. But so is getting Zawahiri important, and so is getting the number-three guy, whoever he is when they pop up. You know, we’ve got this guy, Zarqawi.
as on may 5, 2005 we’d downed 6 no.3s … so the president apparently thinks that the war on terrorism is international whack a mole? or a matter of political convenience? true insight into his character?
and across the aisle, kerry sticks his foot in his mouth:
“Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
foot in mouth disease… what he meant to say:
“I can’t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don’t study, if you aren’t smart, if you’re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush.”
does a man who served his country in vietnam actually hate the troops, and a freudian slip exposes it for all to see?
of course not. bush could not think something so shameful and be commander-in-chief. i may vehemently disagree with his policies – to the point of finding many criminal – but no human being is that wicked. john kerry, given who he is, could not intend to insult the troops. (say otherwise, and you’re actually insulting a soldier, an irony i hope someone appreciates.) both politicians stick their foot in their mouths, thats all.
we’ve all flubbed a line before. enough times on the stage, you’re bound to misspeak. in our high school performance of the crucible, john proctor said “the promise the stallion gives the girl, i gave that mare”. bestiality in salem? maybe, but not so much the point of the play.
john derbyshire notes that much of this outrage is fabricated, almost seeing someone trip and yelling “HA!”. i have to agree, watching someone you dislike squirm is fun, and probably scores a couple cheap points, but… is it too much to ask that our parties act more like statesmen, and less like immature first graders?
i know this should be obvious – but the real problems here (no viable plan to eliminate al qaeda, no viable exit strategy for iraq, rising income inequality…) aren’t those the ones the parties should be fighting over, flubbed jokes on fund-raising tours? isn’t the american public entitled to an apology, for the shameless immaturity of… well, every political campaign since i’ve been born?