Quote from lizz
Republicans may want this to blow the election but, IMO, I seriously doubt it's going to change much of anything. Chances are the people who are offended by this are going to vote Republican no matter what anyway.
Oh, while I certainly agree, I think it WILL mean lots for the election cycle. We've heard for weeks now how demoralized the Republican Base is and that they aren't going to vote.
The mainstream media has been telling them for weeks why they SHOULDN'T get out and vote. 60 minutes went so far as to put some evangelical on to tell the Christian right how they should 'sit this one out'.
I'm offended. As a former military enlisted, I used my military service and the education benefits gained to go to school and get an RN license and a Bach degree. I don't think I was 'stuck' in the military because I was stupid. And, I resent that implication. It's too typical an opinion of those that want to control our gov't.
This is from the SAME guy that called our troops 'terrorists and rapists' last year. So, no, I DON'T give him the benefit of the doubt. It's completely consistent with his world view. And he was talking to students. He was saying to THEM: if YOU aren't smart, YOU'LL get stuck in Iraq. His new found spin doesn't hold water.
It might be an issue that plays just for the offended 'base', but don't discount that as a factor in the election. The whole Democrat 'storm' being predicted was predicated on that base staying home.
As such, it doesn't matter if the mainstream media avoids this story, as they will certainly try to do. NYT hid the story on page 18, 15 paras into an article. But the base will not only hear the insult, but the unapologetic attack on those dirty Republicans.
The only way to defuse this issue prior to election day is an apology. And even then, it might not be enough.