NOTE: Based on the horrible and fundamentally dishonest coverage of this story in the 527 Media (samples below; it’s all about GOP reaction and a Bush-Kerry argument, not about offensiveness of what Kerry actually said; I’ve heard clips from The Today Show and quotes from USAT to confirm it’s pervasive), this post will stay at or near the top for the rest of the day.
Only one Democrat candidate made it under the wire (HT Michelle Malkin; there are others including
Weldon Walz and Casey, according to Kirsten Powers in an interview linked at Update 4; perhaps there are more, but – sorry, folks – cancelling appearances is NOT the same as repudiation; the count stays at one, and time’s up):
A Democratic Congressional candidate from Iowa is canceling a campaign event later this week with Senator John Kerry. Bruce Braley says Kerry’s recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate.
Everyone else: Sorry, it’s too late. The clock has struck midnight (or has run 24 hours on the West Coast).
You know what he meant.
You know he’s not apologizing.
You know he’s lying about his “botched” joke line.
You didn’t speak out against him, so now you’re with him. It’s too late now. If you have to think on it for another day, you obviously don’t get it.
UPDATE: Hewitt — “The silence about Kerry from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and every high profile Democrat is the loudest noise in American politics tonight.”
UPDATE 2: This is one of those nights where the 527 Media does their supposed beneficiaries no favors. Democrats in their hermetically sealed echo chambers will read their beloved New York Times’ ho-hummer of a headline (“As Vote Nears, Stances on War Set Off Sparks”), LA Times (“Bush, Kerry clash as campaigns heat up”), the AP’s hopelessly biased Jennifer Loven (“White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations”), and other bootlickers and figure the Kerry flap won’t be that big a deal a week from now. My instincts scream that they could not be more wrong. This is moving minds that aren’t going to be moving back — not in a week.
UPDATE 3: O,M,G — The John Kerry Blog (HT Dan Riehl, who says “Kerry Just Made It Even Worse”) quotes a retired general (Claudia Kennedy, whose retirement job is DNC shill – undisclosed by Kerry, of course), Josh Marshall at Talking Points, and Kos, all in full “stand up to the bullies” mode. Folks, Kerry and these lefties not only think there is nothing to apologize for, they think this whole flap will work to their advantage if they don’t budge. Yikes.
UPDATE 4: Catch the Fox All-Stars, and John Gibson on the phone with Kirsten Powers at Hot Air.
UPDATE 5: Large Bill’s comment below explains the logic behind the tight reax deadline better than I did: “If a politician needs to wait for poll results to find out if the comments were offensive then they donâ€™t have the judgment necessary for elective office.”
UPDATE 6: Sorry, Harold Ford — Too late. Too many “yeah buts.”
UPDATE 7: Michael Medved on “Why Kerry’s Crack Matters”:
- He clearly meant it.
- Kerryâ€™s Comments Highlighted the Democratsâ€™ Longstanding (and uncomfortable) Position on the Wrong Side of the Nationâ€™s Key Cultural Divides.
- Kerryâ€™s Words Expose the Essentially Fraudulent Nature of Contemporary Liberalism: Expressing Disrespect for the Very Americans the Left Claims to Defend.
- You Canâ€™t Portray the Troops as Pitiable Victims and Still Say You Support Them in their Mission.
UPDATE 8: WSJ subscription-only editorial — “Congratulations, Senator Clinton; another competitor bites the dust.” Maybe, but her silence is deafening (as is her camera-hogging husband’s).
UPDATE 9: (An SOB Alliance roundup) Gosh — Blackwell v Strickland reminded me of who John Kerry’s hunting buddy was two years ago. Hint: It wasn’t Blackwell. Brain Shavings brilliantly notices that NO ONE was standing behind Kerry at this press conference yesterday. I wonder why? I also want to know who rounded up all those American flags on such short notice. Nice try, John; NO sale. Lincoln Logs comes through and notes that Sherrod Brown’s campaign, where crickets are chirping on Kerry’s insult, has received $195,000 from Kerry (presumably his PAC). NixGuy has THE pic of the day. Wizblog quotes Victor Davis Hanson — “Today, Democrats must be wondering why they have embraced an overrated empty suit, and ostracized a real talent like Joe Lieberman.” Actually, VDH, they should be, but I’m guessing they’re not. Matt’s post at the SOB Alliance’s home blog makes me wonder if the Kerry money given to Sherrod Brown might have been what convinced underfunded Iraq vet Paul Hackett to withdraw from his Ohio Democratic run for the Senate.
UPDATE 10: The DeWine camp confirms the expected — “As Senator John Kerry’s callous remarks toward our men and women serving in Iraq sent shockwaves of outrage and disbelief around the country, Congressman Sherrod Brown has remained eerily silent.” (Update: Brown responds — See this post.)
UPDATE 11: This Don Imus-Kerry YouTube (HT Michelle Malkin) makes it clear that Kerry isn’t letting go, or even going quiet.
UPDATE 12, 5:40 PM: The Corner has a list of nine various distancing statements. Sorry — but Braley’s didn’t come soon enough. That includes you, Hillary.
Kirsten Powers Mandatory SOB Alliance compliance picture: