There was an old joke back in the Cold War:
Proud American to Russian guy: ”In my country every one of us has the right to criticize our president.”
Russian guy: ”Same here. In my country every one of us has the right to criticize your president.”
That seems to be the way John Kerry likes it. Americans should be free to call Bush a moron, a liar, a fraud, a deserter, an agent of the House of Saud, a mass murderer, a mass rapist (according to the speaker at a National Organization for Women rally last week) and the new Hitler (according to just about everyone). But how dare anyone be so impertinent as to insult John Kerry! No one has the right to insult Kerry, except possibly Teresa, and only on the day she gives him his allowance.
No one has questioned his patriotism. No one. Not even Zell Miller, who seems to have scared the hell out of even the blogosphere’s toughest pundits. So scared are they, that they had to bring out their race-baiting early. How else to explain the dixiecrat slurs, despite the fact that race was never mentioned in Miller’s speech. Kerry’s patriotism was, however. When Zell Miller praised it.
If the Democrats and whatever the hell Andrew Sullivan is these days want to know why they have permanently lost the south, they may ask themselves a simple question:
“Why do I think everyone with a southern accent is un-reconstructed racist?”