It appears we have the answer to that age-old question: John Kerry, why the long face?
After a tour of the Boston Medical Center, Kerry blamed Democrat struggles across the nation on the obvious problem - the voters.
The Boston Herald reports that Kerry took his pent-up election anger out on clueless voters (emphasis mine):
"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 made the remarks following questions about the re-election campaign of Barney Frank. Doubling down on the fact-challenged voter assertion, he stated:
"I think a lot of the anger today ... is not directed at the right people. 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."
Be sure to explain it. Very. Slowly.
Looking down on people isn't exactly a new platform for Kerry...
During the 2004 Presidential election campaign, Kerry said of Bush, "I can't believe I'm losing to this idiot."
And in 2006, he famously insulted the intelligence of our fighting men and women with this gem:
"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."
Regarding Kerry's recent snobbery, William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection points out that it's not uneducated voters that are the problem; it's Democrats that are simply out of touch.
"It just continues the Democrats' theme that the reason people are upset is because they don't understand," he said. "They're not smart enough. That sort of rhetoric just gets people even more upset."
A poll at the Boston Herald suggests that the accusation of ignorance belongs squarely on the shoulders of the Democratic leadership. Only 4% of the readers believe it is the voters that are uninformed about the Dems, while 86% say that the Democratic leadership is actually uninformed about the voters.
Tags: 2010 Congressional, Barney Frank, boston herald, boston medical center, Campaigns & Elections, education, fighting men, George Bush, John Kerry, Liberals & Democrats, Massachusetts, presidential election campaign, William Jacobson