“There Will Be No Apology”

Watching Brit Hume’s show on Fox News, which for my money, is consistently the best political program on the air, anywhere. Hume interviewed former President Bush (41) today, and in part of the interview, Bush opined that Kerry should apologize to his fellow Vietnam veterans for the harsh claims Kerry made about them in 1971. According to Fox, the Kerry campaign flatly replied, “There will be no apology.”

That’s stupid of them.

Stupid, arrogant, and unnecessary. A Kerry apology, delivered with any perceivable level of sincerity, would defuse most of the Swift Vets controversy, and put any new attacks on Kerry over that testimony in an extremely bad light for much of the public.

Whether Kerry can’t bring himself to apologize out of personal stubbornness, or if he thinks it’ll be received as another flip-flop, or if the campaign thinks it would alienate the hard-core anti-war Left, or what, refusing flatly to even consider an apology is politically idiotic.

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20 Responses to ““There Will Be No Apology””

  1. jay Says:

    You normally are more astute than this, Will. The likely reason Kerry won’t apologize???? His polls show it wouldn’t be a net positive yet (probably the appearance of weakness outweighs the appearance of humility at this point).

    If the poll numbers shift, Kerry will drop to his knees and grovel.

  2. kelly Says:

    From what I’ve observed, Kerry’s entire campaign can thus far be summed up by those two words: politically idiotic.

  3. Jeff Harrell Says:

    In all fairness, there are those on the right who would be VERY tempted to spin a Kerry apology as a flip-flop. If I were Kerry’s campaign manager, I’d be scared of that possibility.

    I think sometimes we are too quick to call “flip-flop.” It’s often called for but sometimes not, and crying “flip-flop” when it really isn’t doesn’t help our case at all.

  4. quieti Says:

    Kerry won’t apologize because (he believes) he didn’t do anything for which he should apologize. He appears to be completely lacking in the usual mental apparatus which causes cognitive dissonance.

    Recall, this is the guy who actually bragged about being able to appeal to both sides of the Vietnam issue, because he both fought in and protested the war.

    If only it were as simple as that! If only he had just “protested” the war. Instead, he came back and vilified our armed services, and yet now he has the gall to call these guys his “band of brothers” and center his whole campaign around his tours “in country.”

    But to Kerry, and his people, there is no contradiction. Kerry didn’t lie, thousands of Vietnamese and millions of Cambodians didn’t die. Revisionist history lives on in the MSM and in the Kerry Campaign: Why apologize? He didn’t do anything wrong.

  5. Martin aka Blogbat Says:

    Kerry: very well painted into a corner, I should say!

  6. BlogBites Says:

    Watching Brit Hume’s show on Fox News, which for my money, is consistently the best political program on the air, anywhere.

    Vodkapundit

  7. Oscar Says:

    Will – how could it possibly be accept as sincere, did anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky believe Hanoi Jane’s apology in New England when she clearly meant “I’m sorry, now get out of our way so I can make a bunch of money.”? Kerry’s apology would look equally base and craven. And it would be.

  8. Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) Says:

    If you can’t take the blame for tripping on a snowboard slope, what are the chances you could be contrite for something so much bigger?

  9. Byna Says:

    Now that an apology has been specifically disavowed, I predict that Kerry will apologize in about 5 weeks. He’ll then un-apologize 3 weeks later.

    Let’s just hope that he doesn’t get the chance to concede and then take back his concession.

    Byna, likes french toast.

  10. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Will Collier
    RE: It’s One of Two Things

    “But Kerry will never make such a statement [of apology]. His 20 years in Congress show where he stands.” — Will Collier, citing Fox News

    It’s either the fact that he would be disavowing his ‘anti-war’ roots, which is the most likely. Or it would be a shame to his pride. Then again, it could be both.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [Pride ruined the angels. Think what it’s doing to Kerry & Company.]

  11. Russ Goble Says:

    Didn’t the mainstream media spend like 2 weeks hammering Geoge Bush about apologizing for 9/11 (or failing to prevent it or something). Couldn’t they run with this “will he apologize” thing? Oh, wait, that would require balance and equal standards. Never mind.

  12. Memento Moron: Remember, Thou Art Stupid Says:

    My Shot Left Foot

    I guess his theory is, if he shoots himself in the OTHER foot, then it’ll even things out and his campaign won’t limp as badly. It doesn’t work like that, Johnny.

  13. christian Says:

    what kind of an apology would THAT be anyhow?

    it’s a little late for an apology. many allies of the united states in south east asia have been betrayed by people like john f. kerry and were f***ing slaughtered as a consequence of the united states withdrawel from indochina in the 70s.

    many veterans lives were to a good part ruined by his infamous and outrageous lies.

    he should never had been selected by his party to run for the presidency in the fist place (they are no soviet communists after all). he’s a disgrace for his country and should be happy not to have faced justice.

    it is incomprehensible how fast most people forget and how bribable they are. I’m actually afraid of john f. kerry and teddy kennedy. only americas enemies can wish them victory.

    america would become anti-america if these egomaniac america-haters suceeded.

  14. Jim R Says:

    Christian is correct. It is too late for any political gain, which is all that has ever mattered to John.

  15. Guy T. Says:

    > Let’s just hope that he doesn’t get the chance to concede and then take back his concession.

    Come on, now, no Presidential candidate would do something that tacky.

  16. Fredrik Nyman Says:

    Agree about stupid etc, disagree that it’d defuse the swiftvets.

    Or rather, disagree that an apology would be a net plus for Kerry; I think that even if it was a genuine, heartfelt apology, it would be perceived as more politically expedient posturing and more evidence that when the going gets tough, Kerry’s motto is Faites-lui l’arr

  17. Brian Says:

    John Kerry won’t apologize to the Swift Vets, since he can’t even take responsibility for the car in his driveway.

  18. rosignol Says:

    In all fairness, there are those on the right who would be VERY tempted to spin a Kerry apology as a flip-flop. If I were Kerry’s campaign manager, I’d be scared of that possibility.

    Eh?

    Apologizing after refusing to do so *would* be a flip-flop, no spin needed.

  19. Matt Says:

    Kerry could never in a million years apologize. If he even thought about it, the ruling leadership of the Democratic Party would tackle him to the floor and hog-tie him before he could get within ten feet of a reporter.

    Apologizing for betrayal of the soldiers in Vietnam would be regarded as treason by the hard Left. They’d desert in droves, in spite of the fact that their agenda would have a lot more chance with Kerry in office than without him.

    Of course, this would, in the long term, be the best thing that could possibly happen to the Democratic Party…but it _would_ mean not merely a defeat but a brutal humiliation for them this November.

    The irony is that those who sincerely hope the Democrats will get up off their asses and become viable again would be better served by a Bush landslide than a squeaker or even a Kerry victory…because anything other than a thorough and crushing defeat will mean more of the same crap we’ve seen this year…trying to please everybody and thereby pleasing nobody.

  20. McGehee Says:

    …the ruling leadership of the Democratic Party would tackle him to the floor and hog-tie him before he could get within ten feet of a reporter.

    They should have done that back when he was about to announce he was running for President.

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