Watching Sen. John Kerry post-election is something that makes feel both anger and pity for the man. Anger, because there’s been constant media reports of how he found new and improved ways to blow the election, but pity, because it is clear that his delusions of grandeur that the Republicans capped on him about during the campaign seem to have some basis in reality, at least now.
It’s also amazing how Kerry’s spin team is trying to take a page out of 1984 and employ an army of Winston Smith wannabes to rewrite history, blasting anyone who dares suggest that their “campaign” wasn’t some genius effort. What? You didn’t realize he was for losing the election before he was against it?
Today, an advisor to Sen. Clinton said just that and for that has been getting all sorts of crap from the Kerry-ites in Washington D.C. and Boston for simply telling the truth – they ran a bad campaign, and took advice from D.C. insiders and Corporate thinkers who give not a whit about anything but lining their own pockets.
This is not the first time Kerry’s spin team has tried to sell a version of events that is entirely at odds with the truth – in this case, the fact that he lost the election, primarily because of his campaign’s constant bumbling, along with his own personal ineptitude.
Watching his top aides try and spin their fumbles is at once enraging, and entertaining. Enraging, because they can’t seem to figure out that they blew it. Entertaining because it’s fun to watch corporate-style mouthpieces come up with new and creative uses of the language to deflect blame and responsibility. Hey! There’s money to be made in 2006 blowing more races!
Even more irritating are the constant emails I still get from Johnny boy begging for money, even though he has millions ready for more campaigns due in large part to the fact his campaign ended the 2004 election with a surplus.
Now, that in and of itself is another indictment of multimillionaire Kerry and his overpaid advisors in and of itself. How he can dare ask Mr. & Mrs. Average American for a penny out of their limited incomes to fund his future foibles is beyond me.
Even more pathetic are the appeals to “protest” Bush policies – which presumably wouldn’t be happening if he had, say, won the election.
Here’s a recent message I got after the Senate voted to allow oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The subject line was “51, 49, and 260,000. Here is a portion of Kerry’s (overly wordy) email:
Yesterday, we saw a relentless Republican attack on one of our most treasured natural wonders sneak through the Senate on a 51 to 49 vote. But, we also saw more than 260,000 Americans act in less than 24 hours to add their names to our Citizens’ Roll Call in favor of protecting the Arctic Refuge.
It was the first time ever that I or anyone else could stand on the Senate floor and announce that, in a day’s time, a quarter of a million Americans had gone online to express their passionate support for a given course of action.
That awesome display of grassroots power rattled our opponents. They even railed against my e-mail message on the Senate floor and entered its text into the Senate record. So, think of it this way. The Republican leaders of the Senate have 51 reasons to celebrate today, but you and I have 260,000 reasons to do the same.
Hmm…so it I am to understand this correctly, we’re supposed to celebrate because a bill he and others didn’t want to pass got approved by the Senate, but 260,000 people signed an online petition that had literally no effect on the outcome did so. Talk about spin!
I’m going to use Junkie John’s logic in my world, one without bazilionaire friends, ski chalets in Idaho, and spending millions on on other loser millionares.
I’ll go call up the phone company and tell them that I was this close to paying my bill this month, but I am choosing not to.
I will reassure them by telling the phone company that I had a petition of my friends and family, who would like to call me up on the phone, asking me to pay my bill so I could take their calls, but darn it! We just couldn’t make it this month. But it was still a victory for the phone company because an unprecedented number of people kicked me in the butt to pay my bill on time.
See how the media junkie logic of today’s spinmeisters doesn’t cut it in the world you and I have to live in? See also just how irritating it is to receive this crap from St. John the Loser over and over again. At least retired Gen. Wes Clark’s site and emails aren’t nearly as annoying.
IT’s time to kill the spin and speculation about Sen. John “I Blew It” Kerry’s plans for 2008, or any other year. It’s time to stop the madness. Despite the spin, despite the BS, despite all the denial, and despite all the blogging, he lost the election. It was not all the fault of some vast conspiracy – it was not merely a failure of a few mishandled tactics.
John Kerry lost the election because he never should have been the nominee in the first place. He was momentarily boosted at a time when his campaign was dead broke by a collusion of insider interests and the bungling of other candidates, untested by a real campaign in years.
St. Johnny and his people never realized that the crowds and money and volunteers weren’t there because of St. John the Windbag – they were there despite his presence. No amount of talking, spinning, and blogging by desperate, cynical D.C. insiders is going to change that fact.
Stop the Madness. Just Say “No John Kerry” in 2008.
© 2003-2006 Greg Dewar | All Rights Reserved | Originally Published at www.schadelmann.com
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