After being criticized for saying that the troops in Iraq were there because they’re uneducated, John Kerry fired back. He announced that the people that are criticizing him are not the ones that are allowed to do so.
John Kerry is unique in the political world because he is allowed to pick and choose who is allowed to criticize him. This is likely due to his education in Swiss boarding schools and the fact that he can trace his linage back to the Mayflower. He is a Winthrop, you know. He also has a distinguished service record. He served 1/3 of a tour in Vietnam where he received several decorations for feats that were not common outside of the Infantry. He returned to the U.S. to continue his fight, meeting with North Vietnamese officials and using his gifts (and funds) to build up a group fighting to insure defeat for America in Vietnam. He was successful in that and went on to become an undistinguished junior Senator to Ted (KGB) Kennedy. More recently he has taken action both to defeat Saddam Hussein in the 1990’s and to reprise his post Vietnam role of working for American defeat in Iraq. Being for the war before he was against it.
He is known for not knowing when to shut up. But he emphatically knows who is and is not allowed to criticize him. During the 2004 campaign his critics were first restricted to Veterans, then Vietnam Veterans, then to Vietnam Veterans who served on the Swift Boats, then finally his authorized critics were reduced to only Vietnam Veterans who served on his Swift Boat with him. This tiny crew was, with one embarrassing exception, safely ensconced on the Kerry for President payroll.
But even after that campaign, Kerry insists that he can only be criticized by those who receive his personal permission. As for the rest? Don’t they know who he is?
I do have to give him credit though. He is one of the best campaigners for Republican control of Congress there is in this election. How does Karl Rove get him to say these things?