'A Bad Comment'

J$P Instant Transcript! Reactions to the Kerry kerfuffle from Beckel, Clark, Henican, Hume, Napolitano.

From Fox News, November 1 2006:

FNC pundits and analysts address John Kerry's comments:

ELLIS HENICAN: A distorted joke by a guy who's not running for anything. Is that the best the Republicans have this year? When you're in a tough time like we are, you do not want to hand your enemies the club that they beat you over the head with. And for a short time at least, that's what John Kerry did.... If you want to do something for the troops, if you want to support the troops, let's change the policy that has them stuck in this terrible place.

JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: I'm making the assumption that he did not intend to insult [the troops], because no one in their right mind who wants votes would do that. But it is a poor choice of words that admits a variety of interpretations, one of which is: if you don't study hard enough, you end up in the military.

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: John Kerry probably tried to, maybe he thought he was going to give a joke or something, but he screwed up. It was a bad comment. But on the other hand, I don't know why there's so much focus on it, because the truth is John Kerry's not standing for election. John Kerry's not in charge of anything right now. He's just out there, and there's so many other issues.... We love our men and women in uniform; they've been really doing everything we've asked them to do; they've made tremendous sacrifices. But the thing is, we're not succeeding in Iraq. We're in a spiral toward failure.

BRIT HUME: This is a controversy, I can't tell you where it's going to go but I think I can explain what stage it's in. It's the stage where the question is, what has to happen to make it stop. Now it isn't that the voters are going to go into the booth next week and say, I didn't like what John Kerry said apparently about the troops so I'm going to vote against the Democrats. What it does do, a flap like this that everybody's talking about, and it's all over the radio and the television and so on, does is that it kind of sucks up the oxygen, or a lot of the oxygen in the atmosphere of the campaign. And whatever the candidates are sort of trying to do and get across that's not about this, it gets lost.... The idea that this was an attack on President Bush is not self-evident from the words themselves. That may have been what he meant; we can't read his mind, we don't know, that's what he says he intended.... It seems to be one of the ideas of this is, that John Kerry is saying, in the midst of this war in Iraq and the broader war on terror, that he didn't mean to dump on the troops. He meant to dump on the Commander in Chief, which apparently that's fine. It's OK to dump on the Commander in Chief, but it's not OK to dump on the troops. And I guess in the world of politics, where the Commander in Chief has got to be accountable for the policy, that's acceptable. But it is kind of, when you think about it for a second, it's kind of striking, isn't it?

BOB BECKEL: Sometimes, in defending my fellow Democrats, I feel like the lone fire hydrant at the Westminster Dog Show. But having said that, what happened with all this was is that I think John Kerry's reaction to really not apologizing has been eating away at him since the last election. Which was he didn't react to the Swift Boat attacks, and he believes now that he should have. And he should have. And he's not about to apologize for anything. But what he's handed the Republicans is something they don't have, which is an issue. And now they have one. I mean, instead of us thinking about and, frankly, the saddest part of this disastrous war is we just had 81 more kids killed, and what we're talking about is John Kerry's comments about their educational levels. So yeah, he should apologize, and he should go home. I'll pay for a ticket to send him to the Bahamas.... Let me repeat Imus's comment. I'm begging you. Stop. Shut up.

posted: Wed - November 1, 2006 at 01:35 PM       j$p  send 

Fox Fan
Gee, five people all protecting Kerry's idiocy. That's unfair and unbalanced.
November 1, 2006, 2:46:02 PM EST – Like – Reply

what the hell happened to olbermanwatch.com?
all i get is cannot find server message was the site hacked or did olbermann have it shut down?
November 2, 2006, 11:55:53 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I just checked and it's there, including a brilliant recap and analysis of Olbermann's Wednesday night rant. So check it out.
November 2, 2006, 12:21:37 PM EST – Like – Reply

thanks for the reply J$ but I still can't get on the olbermann watch site. either somebody hacked Me or Cox banned me from even getting on the site and reading it? any ideas?
November 2, 2006, 12:30:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
It might be a problem with your ISP, some screwup in the DNS maybe? Try deleting your browser cache and reloading the page. Other than that, I don't know, but will forward this exchange to Mr Cox in case he has any other ideas.
November 2, 2006, 12:37:01 PM EST – Like – Reply

Thanks for your effort J$ I have tried all that and still cannot get on olbermannwatch.com . see what R.Cox has to say.
November 2, 2006, 12:45:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
I thought of one other thing you might try, in case it's a DNS problem with your ISP. Go to one of the anonymizer sites, and try accessing OW via their server. It might connect you if it's a problem with your ISP that's preventing you. There is a long list of anonymizer sites you can try here:
November 2, 2006, 1:01:16 PM EST – Like – Reply

thanks i can get on the site anonymously but can's get on via my isp tho! Now I can't post tho. cox banned me once then let me post again and i did nothing wrong to get banned this time. If i find that cox messed with my ISP or denied me access to his site I will take legal and civil action . But thanks for your help J$.
November 2, 2006, 2:43:57 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Well you have no legal action to being banned from the site, but I doubt very much that happened. Mr Cox requests that you email him to resolve the problems. robertDOTcoxATthenationaldebateDOTcom. Replace the AT and the DOTs with you-know-what.
November 2, 2006, 3:49:12 PM EST – Like – Reply

the artist formerly know as ri
Thanks J$, i did not mean a problem from being banned I mean that somebody screwed with my ISP # and connecting to any of Roberts' sites. I guess I got too empatic and demonstrative about my contempt for olbermann and his band of malignant dwarves and got banned, then unannounced Robert let me post again them abruptly I could not even get on any of his websites. Befuddled ! I apologize for any hard feelings from any compass point. 
Did not get the grip on how to e-mail him, please advise.'
Thanks J$ I appreciate your time sir.
November 2, 2006, 6:11:33 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
His email address is robert.coxDeleteMe@thenationaldebate.com. 
But you have to remove DeleteMe from the above for it to work. We stick that in to prevent spambots from grabbing the email and using it.
November 2, 2006, 6:41:25 PM EST – Like – Reply

Fox Fan
If it's a locally based (on your computer rather than at your ISP) DNS problem, you can force a DNS flush using the command ipconfig /flushdns . Start-->run-->cmd (enter)-->ipconfig /flushdns. Usually however, it's the ISP's fault in their DNS server.
November 2, 2006, 8:18:29 PM EST – Like – Reply

You could also go to Google and click on the 'cached' page for the site.
November 2, 2006, 10:10:08 PM EST – Like – Reply

Thanks J$ and all , I believe the problems been worked out. happy trails. riverdog
November 2, 2006, 11:57:25 PM EST – Like – Reply