Must be a slow news day...
"Hey! John Kerry said the F-word!"
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry launches an X-rated attack on President Bush over Iraq and uses the F-word in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine...''I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, 'I'm against everything'? Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f*ck it up as badly as he did? I don't think anybody did,'' Kerry told the magazine.
First of all, I'd hardly call a mere use of the F word "x-rated". Now, if he'd said something like "After I f*cking win the goddamn whitehouse, I'mma go find Dubya's slut-ass daughters an' serve 'em up some hard 'Nam vet d*ck an' film it, an' put the f*ckin sh*t on Ebay titled 'Kerry's Kumfest'...damn Jenna got some suckin lips on her, 'naw mean? An I'mma even shove it up her..." well, you get the point.
And am I alone here in not seeing a problem with politicians cussing? Are they supposed to be stereotypical angels who don't so much as say "phooey" when they burn the muffins? How would that be representative of us as people? Many more of us are sloppy-dressing, foul-mouthed, beer-chuggin' "uncouth individuals" as some high-society type would describe us than are concerned about such frivilous crap, so naturally (if our Representative Republic is still in force) some people should be in office that are like that, barring a massive wave of denial among us voters. Personally I'd much rather have someone in office that can loosen up on occasion than someone who is in elite mode 24-7.
Stephen Hess, a Brookings Institution presidential scholar, says he can't recall another candidate attacking a president by using foul language in a public interview, according to the [NY Post]. ''It's so unnecessary," Hess told the Post. ''In a way it's a kind of pandering [by Kerry] to a group he sees as hip . . . I think John Kerry is going to regret saying this.''
If that's the case, then I don't know which is more sad: Kerry believing that he could even come close to wooing Dean's Angry Super-Liberal base despite having voted in favor of the war in Iraq by saying "f*ck"; or Kerry actually having the rigidly Politician-with-a-capital-P stance that if he doesn't normally curse he needs to act like he does now, or if he normally does then now is the time to be true to himself instead of having been all along.
Update 12/7/03 6:12 PM
Bush staff member proves to be a prude:
In a rare White House rebuke of a Democratic presidential candidate, chief of staff Andrew Card called on U.S. Sen. John Kerry on Sunday to apologize for using a four-letter expletive in an interview lambasting President Bush's Iraq policy...."I've known John Kerry for a long time and I'm very disappointed that he would use that kind of language," Card said on CNN's "Late Edition." "That's beneath John Kerry. ... I'm hoping that he's apologizing, at least to himself, because that's not the John Kerry that I know"
Whether he normally cusses or not, isn't it kind of telling that the response here is "how dare he use that word!" instead of an explanation why in their opinion Bush didn't "f*ck up"? Get your priorities straight, people...