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October 22, 2008

Perhaps It Sounded Wittier In The Original Phrench?

Thanks to brave truth tellers like the NY Times, ordinary Americans are by now well aware that John "Foregainst" Kerry (D North VietNam), the highly nuanced Junior Senator from Massachusetts who graduated from Yale University, is just oodles smarter than that arrogant, pretzel-snorting upstart who inexplicably breezed past him in 2004 and usurped his rightful place in the Oval Office. But sometimes, a lofty IQ comes with its own perils...

...one of which is that your sophisticated brand of bonhomie may not be accessible to the common people without the aid of an "interpreter":

Last time it was a “botched joke.” This time it was borrowed.

Gaffe-prone Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) is explaining himself again after joking that GOP presidential contender John McCain wears “Depends.”

The 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, addressing a business summit in Cambridge yesterday, was talking about the media’s “silly questions” to presidential candidates when he cracked his “joke,” his spokeswoman said.

“Barack got asked the famous boxers or briefs question,” Kerry said, PolitickerMA reported. He said Obama successfully parried the question.

“Then they asked McCain and McCain said, ‘Depends,’ ” Kerry said, referring to the brand of adult diapers. Kerry spokeswoman Brigid O’Rourke defended the Bay State senator, saying he was recycling an old joke: “The point he was making was that the press asks silly questions and jumps on ridiculous things - as evidenced by this very story.” Kerry was forced to apologize in 2006 when he “botched” a joke that poor students end up “stuck in Iraq.”

We here at the VC Editorial Staff understand the Good Senator's dilemma. Why, we ourselves run into the same sad difficulty all the time!

L'humeur potty is a rarefied and extremely attenuated form of the comedic art not always immediately conducive to the production of loud guffaws and boisterous merriment in low fellows of dubious academic achievement or cranial capacity, such as the company in which we - sadly - all too often find ourselves these days.

This is just more confirmation that we need to return to the days when only the true elite dared to participate in government. You know - our intellectual and moral betters. We need to keep the hoi polloi - the riff raff - out.

Yessir. Back to the basics - back to the days of Baberaham Lincoln - real, old-time conservatism, when we knew what we stood for.
And if there is anything we don't understand, our betters can explain things to us ordinary folk. Or something to that effect.

Posted by Cassandra at October 22, 2008 08:46 AM

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And Kerry said when he was asked he wanted to say "commando." Which, considering that ridiculous hat story of his, made me guffaw. At him, not with him.

Posted by: airforcewife at October 22, 2008 10:28 AM

Compared to his last attempt at public humor, I thought the Kerry joke was pretty funny. It managed to poke fun both at his own propensity to wildly exaggerate his own record, while taking a swipe at a political opponent.

This is good ground for us. McCain has a sense of humor -- in fact, he may be the funniest guy out there. I laughed harder at his Smith Dinner performance than at anything I've seen all year. He's outstanding, pointed, and good to go.

So yeah -- bring the humor. I think it's the right ground for our guy to want to fight on. He's plainly comfortable there, and better armed than any of his opposition.

Posted by: Grim at October 22, 2008 10:29 AM

Egads! One doesn't usually see such condescension at the barbarism of the peasants outside of liberal justices on SCOTUS or the 9th Circus. It is true that the endless pleading of the unwashed masses for "freedom" and "more gruel" are tiresome. The peasants' inability to accept their qualitative inferiority and low station in life is also most perplexing. Do they really believe they can ever measure up to the liberal elite aristocracy? How droll!

Majordomo, have the insolent louts horsewhipped and then let them be chased from the estate by the hounds! Dogs need to be properly exercised, you know.

Posted by: a former european at October 22, 2008 12:55 PM

Speaking of elitists and the hoi poloi, I went out of my way to drive through Reid's home town of Searchlight, Nevada. In my less charitable moments I would characterize it as an outhouse in a speedtrap. Then there is Pelosi's San Francisco and the Folsom St. Fair of debauchery and school outings to lesbian weddings. Last, but not least, Kerry and Massachusetts where windpower, nuclear energy, and off-shore drilling are verboten (NIMBY) if they block his patrician view.

What was it that Cloris Leachman's character said in the French Revolution segment of Mel Brook's History Of the World? "Dumb scum!"

These people live in a mirrored court populated by yes men/women and sycophants totally out-of-touch with the mainstream. Let us hope there are still more of us than them and their court jestors from the left.

Posted by: vet66 at October 22, 2008 01:49 PM

Is Kerry smart?


Posted by: Cricket at October 22, 2008 02:25 PM

Vet66, I don't think it would matter if there were more of them than us if we had arms and discipline. No mob can outnumber a disciplined army, after all.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 22, 2008 05:36 PM

"And if there is anything we don't understand, our betters can explain things to us ordinary folk. "

Posted by: bthun at October 22, 2008 06:21 PM


So Kerry's remark that if one is dumb with no schooling in an elitist castle-keep he/she will end up in the military as cannonfodder? I'm not feeling the love.

Posted by: vet66 at October 22, 2008 08:00 PM

I'm not feeling the love.

Neither did Louie and Marie.

Nor, in their turn, did Danton and Robespierre...

Posted by: BillT at October 23, 2008 06:44 AM

So Kerry's remark that if one is dumb with no schooling in an elitist castle-keep he/she will end up in the military as cannonfodder? I'm not feeling the love.

They'll end up as cannon fodder in Iraq but not for us. For AQ, though.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 23, 2008 08:37 PM