Paranoid or Insulting?

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John Kerry either thinks everyone is out to get him, taking every attack on his policies and voting record as a personal insult, or he thinks all the voters are stupid. When the Bush campaign started talking about his voting record, he responded:

As you well know, Vietnam was a very difficult and painful period in our nation's history, and the struggle for our veterans continues. So, it has been hard to believe that you would choose to reopen these wounds for your personal political gain. But, that is what you have chosen to do.

How does questioning what he's done since the time he served honorably involve reopening anything about Vietnam? Kerry's the one who changed the subject to his service Vietnam to avoid talking about his voting record. Then he accuses Republicans of changing the subject to Vietnam because they don't want to address the issues. To use his own words, he's "decided once again to take the low road of American politics".

Anyone who can subtract 32 from 2004 should be able to see that Saxby Chambliss' comment about John Kerry's "32-year history of voting to cut defense programs and cut defense systems" was not about his military service. 2004-32=1972. Kerry was back in the United States talking about all the evil things the military had made him do by that point. Does he think voters are stupid, or is he just too arrogant to care? Either way, it's an insult, and the only way I can get around that conclusion is by speculating that he hadn't bothered to calculate the math himself. Does he really believe the only issue at stake is his military service, and therefore he can assume a priori that every comment is about that? Or is he just paranoid about this issue from all the cognitive dissonance caused by using his evil deeds serving in the military for political gain, having to appeal to all the voters who somehow think military service is honorable. He's beginning to make as little sense as Dean and Clark.

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2004-32=1972 not 1794, though your point still stands. Hello, by the way.

I like Greg's math, he certainly is correct...
-Mark

That was most certainly a typo. Maybe I should leave it in just for fun.

I just looked back at what you said, Greg, and compared it with what I wrote. At least my typo was closer to being correct than yours.

Given that it's 1974 and not 1794, as I had been led to believe, I am going to change it, since people won't obviously know how wrong it is. I was thinking a number that far off people will know to be a typo. Then I looked at it.

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