Skip to comments.John Kerry Says Voter Anger at Washington Is Hypocritical
Posted on 05/26/2010 12:09:34 PM PDT by presidio9
Times are tough, especially among those still looking for good jobs, but Sen. John Kerry doesn't think Washington's to blame. In fact the former Democratic presidential candidate, concerned with the anger voters are aiming at Washington, says that his party and President Obama are doing a ship-shape job. [See which industries contribute to Kerry campaign.]
"We've come back," he says of the nation, Wall Street, and the economy. "This is an amazing resurgence."
Kerry talked about the voter anger during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor called to give him time to pitch his expansive climate and energy bill. He was asked if he's ever seen such anger with Washington, in part inspired by the Tea Party movement named after the Boston Tea Party in his home state.
With many expecting him to say no, the 26-year Washington veteran said yes, citing the turbulent 1960s and the Watergate era. "Yes, I have seen it," he said, but while those were focused on the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon's power grab, he said "I think this is less focused."
It wasn't a slam at the Tea Party movement and those upset at Washington as much as a frustration he feels that Congress and the president aren't getting the credit he thinks they deserve for pulling the country out of a second depression.
"I think there's a comprehension gap," said Kerry. His point: While people may not be feeling the benefits of the bailouts and healthcare reform yet, Congress has been working with Obama to right the economic ship. Still, he sounded sympathetic to those kicked around by the economy. "There's a sense of some things unraveling" to them, said Kerry.
But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. "There's a huge contradiction on a daily basis," he said.
Maybe, he concluded, the Democrats should change their communications strategy "to better sell what we've done."
Yeah that’s it John, insult the voters.
Nope. Even a public educatred nitwit understands 10% unemployment.
What about that little war in Vietnam Skerry?
Mr. Kerry, you have never been poor one day in your life.
The only thing that is surging or resurging is the oil from the leaking pipeline into the Gulf of Mexico.
Is that the amazing resurgence you’re talking about?
I’m going to hire a midget to punch him in the groin.
TRANSLATION: You're stupid.
John, you aren’t eating beans and rice to support your useful idiot constituents!
We gave you the bucks and unemployment has gone to 10%+ and stuck there.
Only a brain dead moron with utterly no grip on sanity would think what we are seeing in our economy right now is “an amazing resurgence”.
No one really cares what Kerry has to say...he is yesterday’s news. He was in VietNam, Ya know.
Kinda like a sorry you don't understand what's good for ya?
Is THAT it, F'n?
The antiwar movement was up and running when LBJ was president. While more came on board against it after a Republican was in the White House, it wasn't exclusively a partisan attack.
The antiwar movement that existed in the US from 2003-2008 is silent today even though we have no direction in Afghanistan (which was supposed to be the Good war).
Even the outrage over Darfur has gone silent.
By the way, John Kerry supported going to war against Saddam Hussein back in 1998. Said that Hussein had been given plenty of opportunities to comply and that we didn't need any international concensus to do what WE needed to do for our own security.
What changed all of the sudden when it was Bush in the White House?
Why are we listening to a man who lied to Congress during the vietnam war spout more lies about hypocrisy?
The veil of stupidity is lifting off the voters.
I'm starting to think that he probably really believes future-president Nixon sent him on a secret Christmas mission to Cambodia in 1968, and he heroically completed the undefined mission because he's a superbad warrior god.
And he STILL doesn’t know why he lost to Bush in 2004?
Why the long face, John?
Kerry really is stupid,.
Real unemployment is at about 18% at this point.
He lives in an alternate universe. That’s the problem with living in Washington, they are totally disconnected from reality.
What a jackazz.
“presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare”
You mean all that money I payed in isn’t in a lockbox? :)
He actually has been poor before.
Howie Carr from the boston herald claims that in between heiresses he was sleeping in the back seat of his Oldsmobile.
Looks like a couple of Barney Franks buddies standing behind jfk.
“I think there’s a comprehension gap,” said Kerry.
Sure there is. From his perspective, they’ve bailed out fatcat supporters and political contributors on the backs of the taxpayers and their children, he and his are living the life large, and DC is grabbing for more power every day. Things are going great.
Anger at Washington when the GOP is in control is justified.
Anger at Washington when the Democrats are in charge is:
2) fueled by right wing extremists on talk radio
3) sore losers complaining
4) unenlightened middle America ignorance
5) greedy exploitative capitalists fearful of economic justice
OK so current voter anger against government is hypocritical but when kerry was flinging his “medals” away and testifying about jengis khan to congress, that anger was AOK, is that it?
What is it about ahole senators from Mass. and oldsmobiles?
You KNEW the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred...
“I think there’s a comprehension gap,”
Keep it up Fn, you washingon whores can’t ever help but call us average Americans stupid.
Who ya gonna beleve, J F’in Kerry or your own lyin’ eyes?
It’s stories like these that displays the contempt that DC holds for the people.
Back atcha, Johnny.
Agree. I’ve been paying into SS and Medicare for approx 40yrs. Kerry and the rest of the Washington set have been spending it out in the general fund, now he is indignant because I don’t understand what happened to my investment?
So he was for the anger, but now he’s against it?
What an elitist fool. It's as if politicians naturally think of themselves as smarter than voters - Just Damn. This man must think he's like some sort of Godlike character out to show the little people the way.
What drugs is this POS on?
And, he displays a breath-taking condescension gap.
Elitist assholes in power think they really do know better.
As far as I’m concerned, Kerry’s “on the list”... of elitists that have to be dealt with.
Hey c’mon - Steve Martin doesn’t deserve that!
Nah, he's 'Bomb Voyage' from 'The Incredibles.'
But Washington should watch at least one of those "debt reduction" seminars they often show on TV, including PBS (so they can't miss it) and heed their advice...
On those shows they always talk about how to reduce the spending, and somehow I never heard this type of advice: "All you have to do is to keep spending and just charge more for your services, especially the people who don't use your services, and you will have surpluses instead of the deficits and debt"...
Yet this is exactly what John Kerry seems to be advising us, talking about comprehension gap.
it is truly amazing! unemployment is at 10%... taxes are up... private sector wages are down... and the government is taking money from one group and handing it to another.
he is right, times are tough... and when times are tough, people are less inclined to take money from their wallet and pay for someone else’s home/meal... when they themselves are in danger of starving or losing their home
and now we see them screw up the gulf, thereby hose industry, by not dealing with it properly (i personally think they had a hand in the event itself... timing and political gain are waaay to convenient)
of course, the only way to insure we never have to deal with progressives again is to allow them to do what they want... show it to be the total failure it is... and hope we survive long enough to take it back.
Didn’t John Kerry serve in Vietnam? I mean, as opposed to Richard Blumenthal?
Was John Kerry the one who was sent by Nixon into Cambodia on Christmas Day, 1968, before Nixon took office?
“his party and President Obama are doing a ship-shape job?”...WTF?
More like a shi!-shape job you asshat!