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Response to hughee99 (Reply #41)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:35 PM

65. True, but it does not mean that ALL the people in Iraq were there because they

did poorly in school = which is the damning way the Republicans parsed it. Kerry did point out that the comment as you stated it did not make sense as this was not Vietnam and there was no draft that would kick in when a college deferment was lost. It was a simple misreading of a joke written on a card. The fact that NO ONE in the US Senate had done more for Veterans over his years there and that he served is why this ended up not hurting him in MA in 2008 - or when nominated for SOS.

The fact is that people in both parties used the worst possible interpretation for their advantage. Including Hillary Clinton calling Kerry "inappropriate" - a word better suited to her husband's actions. It was NOT a decent comment for a man who skipped one two letter word. (She incidentally got more breaks for saying FOUR times that she was under fire in Bosnia as first lady, which was strange! )

In 2006, the comment was taken IN CONTEXT to be speaking of Bush given the lead in jokes. It was the repetition out of context that was a problem --- though the refrain "stuck in Iraq" repeated millions of time likely helped the Democrats who did far better than predicted even the Sunday before the election.

Every single politician makes gaffes which the 2006 joke was, but the key thing is that it said nothing negative about who Kerry is. For the recent comment - take it in context. Stupid is (I think) a euphemism for much darker words that he could have used to characterized some of the speech that is protected in the US though most good people strongly condemn it.

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