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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Like A Bad Case of the Clap

John Kerry now knows what it's like to have a bad case of the clap, the gift that keeps giving.

His too-late, and lame, apology yesterday hasn't removed TV and radio clips of his gaffe the other night. Instead, every station here in Chicago,is playing it everytime they mention Laura Bush is in town to stump for some GOP candidates.

Kerry's apology yesterday came a day late, and after he'd made so many other statements you could tell it wasn't heartfelt, it was damage control; probably brought on by behind the scenes pummeling from his own party.

There are lessons to be learned for politicians of any stripe here. If you are humor challenged, don't try humor. You'd think that folks would have learned that from Kerry 04 and Gore 00, but they didn't. Hell, you can go back to Nixon to find examples of humorless people trying to be funny and failing miserably. Probably farther, but I'm not that old.

If you screw up, make a heartfelt apology immediately, not after the news cycle has chewed up your gaffe for a full day. And don't make a trite non-apology ripping everyone who's offended by what you say, then expect them to accept the next apology as though it's sincere.

If you need reading glasses, as Dick Durbin suggested Kerry does, then wear them when you are reading your scripted jokes. Vanity is a bitch, I know, but people will laugh about you a lot less for the glasses than than not being able to read your script.

And, when all else fails, hopefully you can laugh at yourself, while the target of the joke laughs at you. (Thanks to Indian Chris at the Hooah Wife for the picture).

Hooah Wife was the first place I saw this, but it's also been on Drudge, and was just shown on Good Morning America today. Unfortunately, for John Kerry, there is no penicillin or trobicin shot to cure this case of the clap.

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Blogger shoprat said...

I know some wonderful people from Mass. and they all are embarrassed by both of their Senators.

It must be a case of "When they are in Washington they're not here."

8:32 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

It's sad when you keep reelecting someone just so they'll spend most of their time in another city :)

6:50 AM  
Blogger ablur said...

I blogged on the fact that Kerry doesn't know when to shut up. He was able to launch himself into congress by calling those in the military baby killers and rapists. Maybe he can lap to the presidency by calling them all stupid.

12:45 PM  

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