I was sitting in a hotel lounge eating a prime rib dip watching the election results with about 8 other SF guys. The mood was frustrating. There was only one person I could recall that didn’t have a “we’re screwed” mood. Why? Well the fact is we have no faith in the Democrat Party. Now I don’t think it’s hopeless but it’s not real encouraging.
Then the next day we see SECDEF Rumsfeld’s resignation, another blow. But this wasn’t unexpected. While we see problems with the war (hey let loose the chains, remove the conventional Army thought process) but Secretary Rumsfeld was a forceful proponent of SF. With Robert Gates coming on it’s a mystery what will happen. Having met CIA types it was a concern for all of us.
We will see what happens. Perhaps reality will set in for the Dems and they will see we face a real threat. Perhaps partisanship will give way to survival. One can hope.
I will say the Democrats didn’t win as much as the Republicans completely blew it. They misread the left and the right. They had no clue what the middle wanted. But they knew how to funnel money to their districts and put up a half-assed immigration bill. They never learned the lessons of Clinton. But then why should they. Hell if you do one term you’re set for life so what’s really to lose?
Ok, I’ll post something on John Kerry. First off while I believe Kerry despises the military I don’t think his intelligence comment was directed at them. But it shows his deep inner anger, anger felt by much of the left. Everything for them is personal. I find this all pretty funny. So much of the Democratic leadership seems mentally unstable. They have embraced the far (wacko) left and left common sense democrats behind. Yet those directing election politics have told them to quiet down. Have you noticed how little you see of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or others that are normally loud as can be?
The military by large margins seem to reject the Democrat far left. They have been on the receiving end of the rhetoric and don’t like it a bit.
The good side of this event is the results of the true facts about the military and education. A closer look by the media again shows this is not the military John Kerry and his types have put forward their entire life.
So should Kerry be hammered for his statement? Probably not, but noticing the pattern is fine by me.