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Bad Jokes

November 1, 2006

It’s disgraceful when politicians make lame jokes at the expense of our troops morale. Apologies should be swift, outrage should be fever-pitched, and the jokers should walk away shame-faced.

Let’s start here.

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  1. Just another in a long line of bad behavior on the left you are more than willing to excuse while applying a different standard to the other side.

    How typical.


  2. I excuse nothing. I demand apologies all around, in proportion to the harm they’ve caused. Mr. Kerry issued a written apology:

    `I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform and I personally apologize to any service member, family member or American who was offended.”

    Surely we can expect at least that much from Mr. Bush.


  3. The difference I see is:

    When the left blunders, there is an apology (usually after some bravado), a press that that tries to explain or makes excuses for the error and a few days of milking the issue in news.

    When someone on the right saids something wrong, immediate resignation is called for, it stays in the news for weeks, others get dragged in by association and the press makes no effort to explain or make excuses.

    Both sides take advantage of mistakes, but the media seems to go after the right more and play to the demands of the left.

    I’m glad to see that you are excusing nothing (right or left), but to many in this country, Bush has not made a mistake and has nothing to apologize about. Kerry, in this case, made an obvious mistake.


  4. I guess I’m missing something. I’m not sure what the point is of the video. Seems to me Bush is poking fun at himself. It’s only editing of images that slants the message. If anything, who over did that is more to “blame” for something than Bush is. At least in the case of the video. All of which is very out of context.

    So what . . . Bush should apologize for someone else’s poor editing?


  5. Politicians can’t do it: worse statements are made hourly on right-wing talk radio.


  6. Bill, I definitely don’t agree about your assessment of the differing ways the media handles misssteps by both parties. The media is about ratings. It’s about eyeballs and ad dollars and subscriptions. It’s a completely bottom-line driven affair. If they feel it’s in their financial interest to put Monica-gate on tv every day for six months, they’ll do it. If they can get an extra nickel out of milking the post-9/11 American jingoism, they’ll do that. And when they figure the national mood has changed again and we’re ready to see Bush roasted alive, they’ll go after him like sharks after a bleeding swimmer. There’s nothing even remotely ideological about it, when you view it long-term.

    Jim, when bush makes jokes about not finding WMD, lots of people find that offensive. I surely do. And it’s not just the result of unflattering editing. A lot of people are dead because he assured us those weapons were there. He scared us. There was talk of musrhoom clouds over New York. They said it was a “slam dunk.” They said they knew exaclty where they were.

    And they weren’t there. Nothing was there. 350 billion dollars and 3000 soldiers later, who can laugh?

    (They also said we’d be greeted as liberators and that Iraqi oil would pay for the post-war reconstruction, too. They said a lot of things and none of them turned out to be true. But that’s a whole other issue.)


  7. “They said they knew exaclty where they were.”

    You’re right about “they”, which includes the 26 democrats who voted in favor of the war. I hope your apology seeking includes them.

    Bush has had a couple of golden opportunities to make right about the WMD’s. He blew them all. I don’t blame him soley for the war, and there are other reasons beyond the WMD’s for going into Iraq.

    Fair enough, though. He shouldn’t make light of the war any more than Kerry should inadvertently insult the troops without apologizing.


  8. I hope your apology seeking includes them.

    Well that’s the difference between my guys and your guys. Mine have admitted it was a mistake, yours persist in believing it was a brilliant idea. This, by the way, is the problem most of us have with Joe Lieberman; it wasn’t his hawkishness on the war that bugged us, it was his complete inability to abandon his irrational belief that the invasion was a great idea and that everything was going swimmingly.


  9. Except, let’s get one thing striaght . . . your guys admitted it was a mistake AFTER the war started becoming unpopular . . . after Dean made an issue out of it. Don’t make them off to be the saviours here. 26 of them voted for the war. Where were their principals then?

    Even Hillary has been a bit of a moderate on the issue until recently. Likely from a lot of pressure put on her by fellow democrats. Politics . . . all of it. I don’t blame them, it’s a good strategy. But much of it is politics.



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