Pandering, cursing pols

Pandering, cursing pols

What is it with Baby Boomer politicians and their attempts to appear hip to a younger generation? First, it was Bill Clinton discussing his underwear on MTV and playing sax for Arsenio Hall. Now John F. Kerry uses the f-word in an interview with Rolling Stone. Does anybody see that as anything other than a desparate attempt to appear cool to the people who read the magazine?

When asked in the interview about the success of rival candidate Howard Dean, whose anti-war message has resounded with supporters, Kerry responded: “When I voted for the war, I voted for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean to go off to the left and say, `I’m against everything?’ Sure. Did I expect George Bush to f—- it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.”

As usual, Scrappleface does its usual good job of finding the satire in the situation: Perhaps Kerry was just telling us what his middle initial really stands for.

  • As usual you miss the point, Todd. It would be one thing if Kerry had always portrayed himself as the Angry Man, or if he made it a habit to use the f-word in interviews. But he does it in Rolling Stone because it’s the hip, edgy magazine and so he’s … pandering. It’s the pandering that is so obnoxious. Next time I’ll be sure to spell it out for you.