A "Botched Joke" has occurred when progressives seek to forestall any opposition use of a democrat quoted reciting a conceit held commonly among
progressives, though not among
the general voting public, by a campaign of obfuscation
and phony outrage.
The most obnoxious display of this
occurred when Sen. John Kerry expressed the typical progressive
view that the ranks of our country's military enlistees are comprised of uneducated poors who couldn't know better and are therefor themselves
to be additional victims of "Bush's wars", saying:
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Kerry and his supporters claimed
was a "botched joke" which
Pres. Bush. In service of this
silly claim, they offered up a half-dozen alternative, "original" versions which added
and rearranged words
and punctuation. Progressives begged the question, "Why would Kerry commit political suicide by joking at the troops' expense?" when it is clear from the video of his comments that Kerry intended
no humor whatsoever. As if to undermine their
own false narrative, progressives simultaneously praised
Kerry for displaying
the political courage to tell the truth about America's "poverty draft".