John Kerry: I wish these voters would pay more attention

posted at 1:12 pm on September 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via JWF, who’s as incredulous at Kerry’s critique of mindless political sloganeering as I am. Never mind “Yes we can”; anyone remember how he and Edwards couldn’t agree on their own dopey campaign slogan, quibbling over whether it should be “Help is on the way” or “Hope is on the way”?

Had things worked out a bit differently in Ohio, Waffles might have been in his sixth year as president right now. Horrifying possibility: We might have been better off.

A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday…

Democratic consultant Phil Johnston, former chairman of the state party, jumped to Kerry’s defense, saying, “That’s absurd. He’s just making the point that people have real lives to lead and most people are not spending a lot of time worrying about politics, particularly in a tough economy. I’ve known John Kerry for 35 years and he doesn’t look down on people.”…

“I think a lot of the anger today – while it’s appropriate because Washington is broken – is not directed at the right people,” said Kerry. “Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.”

Apparently it was Bill Jacobson of Legal Insurrection who first caught Kerry’s comments and brought them to light. I’m not sure which slogan Waffles is referring to here — presumably it’s “death panels,” a.k.a. rationing, although (a) in the latest AP poll probing voters’ confusion about what’s in ObamaCare, only a quarter said that rationing panels were a concern, and (b) er, rationing is a concern, according to the left’s own big thinkers. Speaking of polls, though, how do we square Kerry’s indictment of the sheeple who’d surely vote Democratic this year if they just opened a damned newspaper with this new data from Pew?

Independents are thinking harder about their vote in 2010 than they did in the big Democratic wave year of 2006, as are Republicans of course. In fact, there’s only one group that fits Waffles’s description of maybe not paying as much attention as it should. Which is it?


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More Obama speeches!

yubley on September 25, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ogabe on September 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Horrifying possibility: We might have been better off.

I think I’m going to be sick…

ted c on September 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Halp us, Jon Carry, were to stoopid! Pleeze tell us the facks!

PatMac on September 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM

most people are not spending a lot of time worrying about politics, particularly in a tough economy
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That’s about asinine!This is the time most people are paying attention wanting to find out if it is going to change.

ohiobabe on September 25, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Yeah. It’s always the prols fault. Meantime JFK and T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII are yachting this weekend and planning their Blue Blood counter counter-revolution.

JimP on September 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

W was the first president in quite some time who didn’t lose seats during his first midterms…don’t think dear leader will be able to top that…

cmsinaz on September 25, 2010 at 1:21 PM

in 2012 he is gone

rob verdi on September 25, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I’ve known John Kerry for 35 years and he doesn’t look down on people.”…

ok, now that is funny

cmsinaz on September 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

HALP US JON CARRY. WE R KIKKING UR AZZ!

Haiku Guy on September 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

should we tell the dems that calling voters/their bosses stupid is NOT a good campaign theme?

nah….

unseen on September 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

America has wised up to the left’s lies and games. Luckily they never voted you in.

CWforFreedom on September 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Hey Barney in going to explain it to us…I love that purple dinosaur!!

dangitt on September 25, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Halp Is On The Way

Christien on September 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Dang it. These people don’t agree with us. What idiots.

Hummer53 on September 25, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Haiku Guy on September 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Awesome!

Cindy Munford on September 25, 2010 at 1:28 PM

I just cannot get over the calls of a “mandate” and “the people have spoken” whenever they win and use that to “transform” our nation.

But as soon as the Republicans win, it’s because the voters are stupid or not paying attention.

I don’t see how any American could look at that and not be offended. Regardless of whether you’re a Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican or Whatever.

It’s offensive.

ButterflyDragon on September 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Kerry’s words are dead-on accurate when referring to people who vote for Democrats. By the way, does anyone here know that Kerry served in Vietnam??

joejm65 on September 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The underlying problem with Botox Rex The Ketchup King here is that he is, has been, and most likely always will be simply an inconsiderate self-serving arrogant bastard who has yet to realize just how much of an inconsiderate self-serving arrogant bastard he really is.

pilamaye on September 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Kerry was elected in the only state in the country that would accept an empty suit that is so intellectually bankrupt. The only thing this clown ever succeeded at was marrying rich widows. He’s on his second. Only the propaganda tools in the mainstream media would recognize this buffoon.

volsense on September 25, 2010 at 1:31 PM

“Seared, seared in my memory…”

Another elitist phony disappointed that the sheep are waking up. Wait until he sees the pitchforks and torches.

SurferDoc on September 25, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Lovey, Lovey, this is so annoying. These little people are too stupid to vote Democrat. Make them vote the right way Lovey.

I’ll be on my boat… in Rhode Island.

red winger on September 25, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Yeah…Mr. Ed the windsurfing elitist horse is back!!!!!

Gotta dust off my old Kerry Jokebook….this’ll be new material to a lot of people!!

Tim_CA on September 25, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Halp me Jun Kerrie! I dun no how tuh vote!

bitsy on September 25, 2010 at 1:32 PM

A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry [who, by the way served in Vietname] yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.

Hey Gigolo John, Teresa needs a pedi…

Branch Rickey on September 25, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Had things worked out a bit differently in Ohio, Waffles might have been in his sixth year as president right now.

I get sad thinking of all the John Edwards sex tapes that might have been…

Blake on September 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

In fact, there’s only one group that fits Waffles’s description of maybe not paying as much attention as it should. Which is it?

Washington Insiders!

But never fear patriots come NOV 2nd, “We The People” will get their attention.

“We The People” will elect leaders like us and then proceed to tear their playhouse down. Banning Lobbyist payoffs, takin away their gold plated heathcare, Pensiuons and given them term limits in its place!

Don’t worry Jon Kary come Nov even you will, “get it” Dumbass!

dhunter on September 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

This idiot and the leaders of his party should’ve been paying attention to the tsunami that has been brewing out here and is fixing to come ashore on NOvember 2nd.

fesofee on September 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM

We were just not stupid enough to vote Kerry in, that is his beef. Kerry is demanding Voters continue their stupid ways. Sorry Johnny, your party has educated us. The learning curve is over. Progressives will have to change their label again, back to liberal? Maybe a new shiny Label for our Marxist Progressive Elites?

IowaWoman on September 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Geez, if I only had paid more attention to Mr. Kerry, I would’ve registered my boat in Rhode Island and be a lot better off.

If I had a boat.

parke on September 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The only contrary note I’ll sound is this:

A lot of us on this side of the aisle say similar things about the voters who elected Obama ….

It’s human nature to blame others for our own failure.

BD57 on September 25, 2010 at 1:51 PM

As elitist and arrogant as ever. Nice to know that some things don’t change. Hopefully John Kerry [who served in Vietnam] will get retired at his next election.

These are the people who demonstrate why the Constitution was written to limit the power of the federal government. That kind of raw arrogance and condescension should only have limited [if any] power over others.

AZfederalist on September 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Alright, Somebody’s got to say it. Hi, John. Why the long face?

kingsjester on September 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Why couldn’t Kerry and Schumer be running this year???

bflat879 on September 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

His best picture.

petefrt on September 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I need no more proof than this article that John Kerry is completely insane.

sadatoni on September 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

he only contrary note I’ll sound is this:

A lot of us on this side of the aisle say similar things about the voters who elected Obama ….

BD57 on September 25, 2010 at 1:51 PM

The difference is that we make that statement based upon the fact that those voters either aren’t really listening or aren’t paying attention to both the issues and/or the background of the candidate. We typically don’t accuse those people of being stupid in the lacking intelligence to recognize their betters sense as Kerry does here, so much as to decry the ignorance and gullibility and not thinking through the implications of the policies they are going to get.

Kerry’s attitude is that the voters are stupid because we don’t see the brilliance of him and those like him and thus can’t appreciate the opportunity to have others order our miserable little lives.

AZfederalist on September 25, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Did John Kerry serve in Vietnam or something like that?

DrStock on September 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM

John Kerry: I wish these voters would pay more attention

No you don’t.

Ronnie on September 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Shaddup, Lurch. Get back in the kitchen and pickle olives for Moneybags.

thebookkeeper on September 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Horrifying possibility: We might have been better off.

Wouldn’t be too hard to imagine, given the fustercluck our nation is in.

Dark-Star on September 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I think the nomination of Alvin Greene in South Carolina, should answer the question about who is paying attention and who is not.

milemarker2020 on September 25, 2010 at 2:20 PM

“Can I get me a huntin’ license here?”

mpk on September 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”

like Hope and Change?

katablog.com on September 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

What John Kerry fails to recognize is voters are paying attention. We are not in favor of what you Democrats have put on the table.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on September 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

You peons just don’t understand how brilliant your betters are, that’s why things are in such a mess.

Socratease on September 25, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Kerry is ticked off because the electorate is TOO informed and aware of what is going on in DC. Democrats want us to be stupid, mindless zombies who believe all of the ridiculous things they say. Sorry, John. We’re out of our apathetic stupor and we are WIDE AWAKE…and we’re on to you and your comrades on Capitol Hill.

Lizzy on September 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Why couldn’t Kerry and Schumer be running this year???

bflat879 on September 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Sadly, I think Chuckie is up, but will win..:(

txmomof6 on September 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Did John Kerry serve in Vietnam or something like that?

DrStock on September 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Cambodia too. Both at the same time. President-elect Dick Nixon was his CIC at the time.

Then he and Hillary Clinton became the first sitting Senators to summit Mt. Everest without the aid of oxygen.

Speaking of which, did you know Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who became the first man to climb Everest 5 years after she was born?

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Kerry gives us a glimpse of inside-the-beltway, Democrat group think as historical defeat nears.

“Hey, these boobs with their God, guns, and natural born rights just won’t submit to us!”

The only time a Democrat loves America is when they have to power to destroy it.

David2.0 on September 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM

If the voters were paying attention, they’d ALL be berthing their yachts in Rhode Island to avoid taxes. Simply everyone who knows anything would do the same. But since there are so many spots available, they must be parking their yachts elsewhere. It’s the only explanation.

Django on September 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM

What do you call John Kerry wearing an Indian head dress?

Hiawaffle.

rickyricardo on September 25, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Not paying attention? Believe me, when people open their wallet and its empty, you have their attention.

Kataklysmic on September 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Speaking of which, did you know Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who became the first man to climb Everest 5 years after she was born?

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Be kind to Sir Hillary II, her Alinsky self has endured sniper fire in Bosnia, humiliation in Russia (sleezy button), countless trists, trysts, philanderations, bimbo errupts and affairs! She has the burden of having at least once upon a time slept with Bill the bent one producing Chelsea as a result.

She has served her country and squandered its money in a “foreign policy experience” shopping spree worldwide all in a valient if expensive and even pensive attempt to one day save us from her student double Barrack Hussein Obama!

One day you may want to pay attention as she saves us from her dark double!

dhunter on September 25, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I think you can truthfully say that most who read this blog have been paying attention all along, and it is a horrifying probability that if Kerry were president now we would be better off.

I don’t, however, think much of Mr. Kerry’s strategy. Insulting the voters at this point just might possibly annoy some of them, (if they’re paying attention) and they might either just not vote or conceivably vote for the other guy just for the hell of it. Not the most mature of responses, I’m sure Mr. Kerry would say, but very human.

Besides, my bet is that most of the voters he’s referring to have an I.Q. a good 20 points over his. That elitist inbreeding, you know…

hachiban on September 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Maybe we can change the other Senate seat in Mass just like Scott Brown did.

Even a full blown RINO would be better than waffles!

Old Dog on September 25, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I’ve known John Kerry for 35 years and he doesn’t look down on people.

Well, other than the stupid lazy people who end up joining the military.

malclave on September 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM

U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration weakened the country’s economy by seeking to foster growth instead of paying down the federal debt, said Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “The Black Swan.”

“Obama did exactly the opposite of what should have been done,” Taleb said yesterday in Montreal in a speech as part of Canada’s Salon Speakers series. “He surrounded himself with people who exacerbated the problem. You have a person who has cancer and instead of removing the cancer, you give him tranquilizers. When you give tranquilizers to a cancer patient, they feel better but the cancer gets worse.”

Today, Taleb said, “total debt is higher than it was in 2008 and unemployment is worse.”

J_Crater on September 25, 2010 at 3:16 PM

1. Pay attention.

2. ???

3. Utopia.

Akzed on September 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM

“Horrifying possibility: We might have been better off.”

Perhaps yes, on the economy; but there’s no way we’d have John Roberts or Sam Alito. God bless W!

G. Charles on September 25, 2010 at 3:25 PM

how do we square Kerry’s indictment of the sheeple who’d surely vote Democratic this year if they just opened a damned newspaper

Yeah, DAMN that internet and new media! Get back tot eh newspapers where we will tell you what to think. his real problem is that people are paying a whole lot more attention to government and the Obama Admin and 110th and 111th Congress do not look good.

bluemarlin on September 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I didn’t know John F Kerry served in Vietnam. Always the last to know….

GitMoe on September 25, 2010 at 3:27 PM

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”

Which is what got Obama elected in 2008.

Unfortunately for you Dims, some of the Kool-Aid drinkers are starting to come out of their trance now (sustained unemployment sometimes has that effect), and they, along with millions of disgusted Republicans and Independents, will be voting you boobs out of office in 2010 and 2012.

AZCoyote on September 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM

His best picture.

petefrt on September 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

You bast*rd, I was looking forward to roasted red potatoes with onion and grilled pork chops for dinner tonight. Now I’ve lost my appetite. Bast*rd!

Extrafishy on September 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Another good Kerry picture

txhsmom on September 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

There Kerry goes again , calling us all stupid. Wouldn’t you think MA voters would get sick of this?

jeanie on September 25, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Dear Senator Kerry,

Never since the revolution that created this Republic have more people been paying more attention than they are now. Facebook, blogs, online media have made the electorate more informed than ever. The problem for you Senator is that people are paying attention such that the agenda of statists such as yourself does not go unnoticed or challenged. You’re a mess Senator. I can’t wait for you to try and run for re-election.

WordsMatter on September 25, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Kerry is right that most people have more important things to do then pay attention to what some dopey politician is doing in DC. But what he doesn’t realize is that this is the only thing saving the Democratic Party right now.

Typically, there seems to be a Republican surge as the election gets near. Sometimes it falls short, but it’s usually there. Now some people think it has to do with conservative Republicans being quiet throughout the year and some people think it has to do with the difference between all voters being polled and likely voters being polled only as the election nears, as likely voters are more conservative then the general population. So that when the polling companies switch to the more expensive “likely voter” model the Republicans instantly do better.

But whatever the cause, it hasn’t happened yet. So expect things to get better for the Republicans over the next 5 weeks. And as it now looks like they can get ready to party like it’s 1994, what will it actually look like in November?

Fred 2 on September 25, 2010 at 4:02 PM

In fact, there’s only one group that fits Waffles’s description of maybe not paying as much attention as it should. Which is it?

The sheeple in his plantation

Schadenfreude on September 25, 2010 at 4:04 PM

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Del Dolemonte on September 25, 2010 at 4:19 PM

To Kerry: All your seats are belong to us!

Mojave Mark on September 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Someone has to say it: What a maroon!

And I am amazed at the lack sense by an heir to the ketchup fortune.

Dhuka on September 25, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Does this Ruling class Yacht boy get money every time we buy a Heinz product?

If so vote with your pocketbook American voter!!

PappyD61 on September 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

John Kerry is one of the least intelligent men to ever serve in the United States Senate.

His intellect is far below that of the average American.

The only reason that it doesn’t show is that most Democrat Senators are even more addled than Kerry is, or at least have more severe drug addictions.

So he doesn’t stand out so much.

NoDonkey on September 25, 2010 at 7:10 PM

If we were clueless, this ugly beast would be thrilled. He’s hysterical with fear. No more Heinz in my house.

UnEasyRider on September 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM

YouTube – Kerry on Tax Cuts

JCred on September 25, 2010 at 9:22 PM

“Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.”

Dear John,

The economy failed on your watch. Futhermore, your party, the Democrats have known for TWO YEARS that the Bush tax cuts will expire, yet you’ve done nothing. The Stimulus has FAILED. The Home Mortgage Bailout has FAILED. Democrats FAILED to listen to the American people on Healthcare reform; we wanted torte reform, purchase insurance across state lines, no special concessions for unions.

YOU did not listen to the people. Can you hear US now?

TN Mom on September 25, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Empty suit, n., see “Kerry, John”

MassVictim on September 25, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Hey LURCH … they ARE paying more attention !!! It is YOU, who need to pay more attention !!!

aniladesai on September 25, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Is this the man who bragged he was smarter than Bush, only to have everyone find out he got worse grades in college than Bush did?

scotash on September 26, 2010 at 2:38 AM

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters

 
Pew Research Center, Sept. 12, 2010:
 
“in 2008 67% of liberal Democrats said they enjoyed the news a lot, compared with just 45% today. By contrast, about as many conservative Republicans say they enjoy keeping up with the news today as did so two years ago (57% now, 56% then).”
 
http://people-press.org/report/652/
 
Please keep talking, Mr. Kerry.

rogerb on September 26, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Gee, John, once again you’ve got it wrong. People are paying more attention, that’s why your going to be a minority in January. You’ve just got to spend more time away from your yacht and more time listening to FOX.

Wills on September 26, 2010 at 9:19 AM

John Kerry: I wish these voters would pay more no attention to me , I am a washed up peckerwood whose claim to fame is losing the ’04 election!

Fixed, now F off already.

cableguy615 on September 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM

So sick of his horse face.

leftnomore on September 26, 2010 at 9:27 PM