Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Drowning In Denial

Just when you think John Kerry can’t shrink any smaller, he does.

Look at this Matt Drudge flash:

Dem presidential hopeful John Kerry personally phoned anti-Kerry swift boat vets, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Kerry reached out to Robert "Friar Tuck" Brant Commander, USN (ret) Sunday night, just hours after former Senator Bob Dole publicly challenged Kerry to apologize to veterans.

Brant was skipper of the #96 and # 36 boat and spent time with Kerry in Anm Thoi. Kerry and Brant slept in the same quarters, and Brant used to put Kerry back to be at night when Kerry was sleepwalking.

Brant received a call from Kerry at his home in Virginia while he was watching the Olympics on TV.

The call lasted 10 minutes, sources tell DRUDGE.

KERRY: "Why are all these swift boat guys opposed to me?"

BRANT: "You should know what you said when you came back, the impact it had on the young sailors and how it was disrespectful of our guys that were killed over there. [Brant had two men killed in battle.]

KERRY: "When we dedicated swift boat one in '92, I said to all the swift guys that I wasn't talking about the swifties, I was talking about all the rest of the veterans."

Kerry then asked if he could meet Brant — man to man — face to face.

Brant declined the invite, explaining that Kerry was obviously not prepared to correct the record on exactly what happened during Vietnam and what happened when Kerry came back.

Kerry actually asked Mr. Brant why all the swiftboat guys are against him. This has to be a sincere question, because nobody, much less a national politician, would purposely make himself look so abjectly idiotic. Which means Kerry doesn’t realize how idiotic he’s making himself look. And trying to BS Mr. Brant with the excuse that his “cut off ears, cut off heads, electrodes to genitals, blew up bodies, razed villages, Ghengis Khan” Senate rant referred to every veteran except the Swifties didn’t exactly mitigate the idiocy.

This shows how sheltered and privileged a life Kerry’s led ever since the events in question. He’s never been held to account for his anti-war statements and activities because he’s never before run in an electorate broad enough for them to matter. He could get away with that sort of thing in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, but now he’s “nationwide” and the center of attention, and he’s rediscovering – or perhaps actually discovering for the first time – just how many enemies he’s made over the years, and how deep is their collective animosity. And rather than deal with it, he’s in full blown denial, still trying to use the ducking, dodging, and smearing tactics that used to serve him so well, but which are now proving to be as effective as spitballs against a battleship.

Or even a swiftboat.