Could not authenticate you.

Being Clever

If you haven’t seen the movie Fight Club, you should. It’s a great movie. There’s one scene in particular where Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are talking and Norton says something he believes is truly witty and begins to explain. Pitt responds with, “I get it. It’s very clever. How’s that working out for you?”

You could probably ask John Kerry the same question on any given day.

Kerry has spent most of the last 48 hours trying to explain that he doesn’t have disdain for our armed forces, but, instead, has the worst comedic skills of any human being currently alive. His on air meltdown – full of anger – was fun to watch.

Will his statement make a significant difference in the election? My guess is not at all. I think the overwhelming majority of Americans wrote him off after 2004. It may excite those in the GOP who were chomping at the bit to vote for our guys anyway. His venomous tirade against “Republican hacks”, however, is just as likely to fire up the Democrats base, so at best, it’s a wash in 2006.

The better news for the GOP is the fact that his hysterical ranting at the press conference may actually earn enough points with the left-wing nutroots of the Democrat party that they give him a serious shot again in 2004.

Much of the Democrat base has forgotten the John Kerry that inspired sites like and will remember only the new and improved “clever” John Kerry. If that carries him to a lead role in the 2008 primaries, he may make Howard Dean’s Iowa scream look like a composed candidate speaking earnestly about the issues.

Written by Michael Turk