Derek Catsam ’93 has thoughts on the midterm elections.

I’ll go into the historical analogues and the implications for Democrats at a later date, but there is one more rich anecdote that I think is telling. In the last week John Kerry was baselessly accused of disrespecting the troops even though his prepared remarks clearly indicate that he intended to make a (admittedly unfunny) joke at the expense of the president. The GOP and their chattering class minions of course ran with that patent falsehood knowing its falsity because there were points to be scored.

I am happy to grant that Kerry did not intend to say what he did, in fact say. I certainly believe that his speech writer did not intend it. But what does Kerry believe in his heart of hearts? More or less what he said. At least that’s what these soldiers thought.

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