On the most recent Kerry kerfuffle put me down as one who thinks that Kerry was referring to Bush and the Bush Administration. I don’t much care for Kerry and this whole incident highlights why that might be.
Mr. Kerry’s comment was doubly inept since, beyond the potential for misinterpretation which has been so obvious, despite Mr. Bush’s shortcomings he’s probably smarter than Mr. Kerry. I chalk this up to the political environment in Massachusetts where apparently senators are elected for life and can do no wrong.
It genuinely saddens me that every criticism these days comes down to either claims of malfeasance or attacks on the intelligence or character of the opponent. It doesn’t need to be that way.
It is perfectly possible for two different people (let alone two different administrations) to look at the same data and come to completely different conclusions. If it were otherwise, horseraces would be impossible.
Let’s not claim that our opponents are evil, lied, or stupid. Mistaken is enough.