"Even before Jane Fonda went to Hanoi to meet with the enemy and mock America, John Kerry secretly met with enemy leaders in Paris though we were still at war, and Americans were being held in North Vietnamese prison camps," goes the voiceover of "Sellout," one of the infamous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads that may have helped push GW over the top in 2004. As we blogged then, it is "a masterpiece of the admaker's art, alternating spooky soundbites and black-and-white images from the past -- Kerry's younger self testifying before the Senate re alleged Vietnam atrocities -- with full-color clips of the Swift Boat Vets as they are today, middle-aged men testifying to their sense of betrayal by the young Lieutenant Kerry when he returned home while they were still fighting over there and bad-mouthed them to the nation and the world."
"I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece [Tony Snow!] standing behind a podium or doughy Rush Limbaugh," steamed stuffed suit Democrat Party mouthpiece John Kerry standing behind a podium this afternoon as he tried ineffectually to stem the tsunami of criticism buffeting his future political hopes in the wake of a lame attempt at humor in a speech before a student audience last night:
You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.
According to the failed presidential candidate in his brief, hastily called damage-control presser today, he had been referring to the President when he said "stuck in Iraq," but politicians and pundits and bloggers on the right side of the aisle had already made up their minds. Recognizing an October Surprise of their own when it was handed to them, they fanned out to proclaim in righteous indignation that Kerry was smearing the women and men of the military, casting them as "stuck in Iraq" because they had been "unable to navigate the country's education system." The White House -- via "stuffed suit" cutie pie Tony Snow -- accused the Senator of "troop-bashing," John McCain demanded an apology, and all the usual suspects piled on. As always, Michelle Malkin and HotAir have all the gory details and links to breaking news, commentary and a video link to the original foot-in-mouth moment. Now Fox News White House Correspondent Bret Baer reports that the President himself is about to respond to Kerry's comments, calling them insulting and shameful and noting that our military women and men did not enlist because they are somehow not smart or uneducated but because they are patriots, and Senator Kerry owes them an apology.
We must admit our first reading upon hearing the video earlier today was that Kerry was, indeed, referring to GW. But it was already too late. The Republican spin had already gone not halfway but all the way around the world before Kerry had a chance to put his microphone on. False but accurate comes home to roost?
This just in on Fox News banner: "Will Kerry's Iraq defeatism spell defeat for the Dems?" Yes!