October 31, 2006

So, Now He's Apologized

As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.

I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.

So, there it is.

Now we can pick apart his apology for a week or so. Half of his detractors will go on and criticize the original statement as if he never apologized, and half will criticize the apology. So we can ignore real problems until after the election.

My prediction: the people calling loudest for an apology didn’t actually want one, they just wanted another reason to rake him over the coals. They will not appreciate the apology, because they don’t want to let Kerry off any hooks. People who were actually hurt by the comments and might appreciate the apology will be treated to more bile, rather than perhaps a discussion of this country’s problems.

Maybe I’m wrong. My feeling is that once they get their hooks into you, conservative media doesn’t care if you apologize. Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see.

Posted by James at October 31, 2006 4:56 PM
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You're right about that. I hate to be cynical, but so much of contemporary politics is about mock outrage, oversimplifying opposing views and looking for an excuse to hate. Most people have already made up their minds about every issue so they've lost desire to discuss anything substantial anymore. Reacting angrily is much more satisfying.

Posted by: Mike at November 1, 2006 5:54 PM

Most people have already made up their minds about every issue...

Or they're too stupid to take an active interest in their world and who controls it.

Think of the last debate amongst the candidates for governor that airs tonight. How is it possible that anyone has yet to decide for whom to cast a vote?

I find it inconcievable that a debate held less than one week before the polls open is of value. If you haven't made up you mind by now, you're just not paying attention.

What's even worse is the people who go to the polls on Election Day still undecided. If you truly don't know about the issue or the person, please--I beseech you--stay home. Random ticking of boxes serves no one.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 1, 2006 6:01 PM

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