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The Illogic of the right-wing

Reported by Chrish - October 31, 2006 -

Expect to see FOX News Channel and hear right-wing radio hosts bleat into the wee hours about remarks made by Senator John Kerry as he campaigned for fellow Democrats yesterday. Their righteous indignation over a supposed insult to our troops in Iraq will be transferred from Kerry to all Democrats. But they're drawing illogical conclusions from Kerry's actual words.

Speaking to an audience at a college in California yesterday 10/30/06 Kerry said

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

He did not say IF you're in Iraq then it logically follows that you are ill-educated; he said IF you are ill-educated and unprepared, it follows you may end up in Iraq ( a reasonable person would infer that he means "can" or "may" or "are more likely to," not that you doubtless will. Substitute "you end up flipping burgers" to test that.)

The right-wing will use this to create a faux issue to paint Democrats as contemptuous of the military, a recurring theme, but this time Kerry is fighting back:

In "response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts," Kerry said his comments were misinterpreted deliberately to divert attention from the fiasco in Iraq.

"I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did," Kerry said. "I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me."

No doubt the talking heads on FOX will be all over it this afternoon.