“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you 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
Not a doubt in my mind, when I heard John Kerry say those words, that he was talking about George Bush. They’ve been thumping the “Bush’s Iraq” theme so hard, I’m pretty sure half the Democratic party thinks the only thing stuck in Iraq is George W. Bush. Personally. Up to his neck. In sand. Staked to an anthill.
But for John Kerry, the ‘smarts’ issue is really, really sore point. During the 2004 election season, someone dug out the entrance tests both men took for the military — essentially IQ tests — and worked out that Bush had scored higher. I heard Kerry get distinctly ratty about it on some Sunday chat show.
While George Bush’s grades and SAT scores were the cause of much sniggering, Kerry refused to release his. After the election, Kerry signed out more of his naval records to the Boston Globe — which included his college grades. Kerry’s grade point average at Yale was, in fact, slightly lower than Bush’s.
And who can forget the Newsweek article, which quotes Kerry muttering to an aide, “I can’t believe I’m losing to this idiot.”
So is Kerry catching unfair heat? Not hardly! He could’ve defused the whole flap pretty quick by saying, “gosh, that DID sound like I was criticizing the troops! I’m so sorry.” His hatred of Bush burns so hot, he can’t imagine anyone honestly missed his point. And even if he’d gotten the joke out straight, who’s he calling stupid?
John Kerry doesn’t fall down. Thank goodness there are so many sons of bitches willing to knock him down.