Quite the flying of fur the past few days ... What did John Kerry say? What did he mean? Was it a joke? An Insult?
Just to toss a few pennies into the pot, I’m more fascinated, less about Bush and the Republicans, but how the media, and in particular, the cable news gatekeepers are doing their darned best to float this story and keep this story front and center - and how they are presenting it out of context.
The consensus is, if you listen to all these talking heads, that Kerry insulted the troops. They’ve played, over-and-over, the single clip of Kerry’s big “punchline”.
When the longer version of Kerry’s speech is played, and, as Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’, as well as ‘Countdown’s’ Keith Olbermann, read the newswire reports of the speech, it’s crystal clear that Kerry’s “botched joke” was clearly and squarely aimed at President Bush.
Now, not so much for the RNC, and all those Republican politicians, candidates, and pundits, but you have to give the White House credit. They are, whether they like it or not, forced to respond the way they have.
After all, it’s rather late in the game to send Bush out there to defend that he isn’t stupid ... It’s a Lose-Lose game for them