Fresh perspectives on today’s news by: Whymrhymer

“Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard and do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

John Kerry has the world jumping down his throat today after making that remark to an auditorium full of Pasadena (Calif.) City College students because of his (pick one):

  1. Botched Joke
  2. Poor choice of words
  3. Misunderstood attack on the Iraq war
  4. Elitist attitude

According to most of the major newspapers the answer is either “1” or “3.” They give him credit for respecting the troops and feel that he was just making one of his many partisan attacks. Bush-bashing was, in fact, the order of the day for the Massachusetts Senator (as it is every day); his speech to these college students was questionably-inappropriate for anything but a political rally. The newspapers, however, are critical of Kerry: Even one of his hometown papers, the Boston Herald headlined the story: “Was Kerry’s Mind AWOL?” underscoring their position that it was a bad joke gone even worse . . . he didn’t, in other words, mean what he said.

Even (unbelievably, to me at least) Bill O’Reilly, as he was interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt radio show today, seems to feel that “2” or “3” is closer to the truth, i.e., he didn’t mean what he said, he meant something else — something about the war in Iraq being the worst place you can be. He must have, O’Reilly says, because he knows that demeaning the troops is political suicide.

I say the media is playing politics and the otherwise straight-shooting O’Reilly is being a bit too naive; the correct answer is almost certainly “4.”

John Kerry, during his speech in Pasadena, simply had what you might call ‘a Mel Gibson moment!’

There are three circumstances when you will say what you feel, rather than what you know you’re supposed to say:

When you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as was Mel Gibson when he let out his anti-Semitic rant not long ago.

When you are very mad or very frightened; as we all have been at some point in our lives.

When you experience the euphoria of power and feel that your “truth” is the only truth and, because of your position, it will be accepted and even lauded without question. This is the almost exclusive domain of politicians (if only momentarily), the very rich (for extended periods), and those who are deluded enough to see themselves as invincible (constantly).

A politician speaking to a large, friendly audience is very likely to experience one of those euphoric moments and, as a result, stray from the audience-friendly, pre-packaged script to tell a truth. Sometimes the truth will set them free, but most often it will cause days and weeks of discomfort.

Links:

The New York Daily News: Kerry-ing on may doom Dems

The Seattle Times: GOP rips Kerry over Iraq quote; he comes firing back

From the Blogger News Network:

Dan England: Kerry Steps in It Again

Pragya: Kerry Got Carried Away:Did He or Did He Not?

Whymrhymer’s fresh perspectives on today’s news, as published at BNN, also appear at My View from the Center. You are always welcome there!

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