Once again, political asshattery rears its ugly and sometimes amusing head. This time, the Kerry campaign is whining about the televised debates that are only a few hours away:

Advisers for the Democratic presidential candidate demanded Thursday that the lights signaling when a speaker’s time has expired during debates with President Bush be removed from the lecterns because they are distracting. The commission hosting the debates refused.

Kerry is well known for his rambling there-should-have-been-a-period-in-that-sentence-a-long-time-ago answers to questions. This sort of elitist whining really grates on my nerves. Is Kerry too good to follow the rules like everyone else? Is he afraid of people seeing that he can’t constrain his answers to the limited time allowed him? Is he really that easily distracted? I don’t think I want a President who is easily distracted by pretty shiny things.

As for following the rules:

Kerry’s team threatened to remove the lights when they visit the debate site with the candidate later in the day. . .”We’ll do what we have to,” Kerry strategist Tad Devine said after his meeting with the commission.

I refer the reader to my post a while back regarding the apparent newfound tendency of people on the left side of the political spectrum to violate rules when they can’t get them changed. I think this sort of behavior is the result of people with a sense of entitlement and superiority (“rules are for other people”) coming up against resistance from others about getting their own way.

One might notice the connection between this attitude and that of a 2-year-old child who is denied a demand for a candy bar in the grocery store and who proceeds to grab it anyway and refuse to give it up. Loud screaming and tantrums usually accompany it.

Hey, Kerry. You and Bush agreed to the terms of this debate a long time ago. Why did you wait until the last minute to throw a hissie about something? Did you think the debate commission would fix it just for you, to avoid causing a scene? Guess what? You speak at our pleasure. Many of us won’t even be watching you on TV. Politicians serve at the whim of the people. We owe you nothing, and we do not have to tolerate your childish antics.

4 Responses to “Deer Kerry In the Headlights”
  1. Al says:

    Someone at CSPAN should leave their camera on while the fiddling occurs.

  2. TTK Ciar says:

    Politicians serve at the whim of the people? That’s odd, I could have sworn the last ten years were marked by politicians siccing the cops on anyone who doesn’t conform to legislation passed to serve special interest groups and big business. I was in Seattle in 1999.

    If you meant that Politicians *should* serve at the whim of the people, then I’m right there with you. But there’s a lot of work to be done before that becomes reality.

    — TTK

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’m sure you noticed while watching the debate last night that the only “breaking of the rules” was done by Shrub, in his repeated insistence to respond with his stammering defenses of his indefensible positions. And the rules – 32 pages of incredible minutiae regarding the conduct of the debaters and the “warm supporters” of the candidates that were allowed to attend – what incredible bunk. But overall, it was an excellent opportunity for Kerry to explain his positions more clearly, and the real George Bush was revealed. The anger and discomfort he displayed over having his seat of the pants decisions questioned was telling – but rest assured he will stick to them “come do or die” (but that would be some other life on the line, not his…)

  4. Anne Haight says:

    Oh, c’mon, Bill. Last time I checked, politicians were elected, not appointed by corporations and special interest groups.

    But the whole Seattle thing was a thuggish debacle that made me ashamed to be an American. The Seattle police overreacted, possibly out of fear that the large attendance of protesters would become a mass riot (which did not happen), and indiscriminately assaulted large numbers of peaceful people.

    I’m not convinced that the WTO is a good idea, but peaceful protesters who are not otherwise breaking the law should not be assaulted by the police, period. I’ve read that local residents were also sometimes cuaght up in these activities, which is just stupid.

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