Once upon a time, U.S. Senator John Kerry made a joke about George W. Bush that backfired:
Kerry's 'stuck in Iraq' remark ignites firefight with Bush, GOP
By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | November 1, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President Bush joined prominent Republicans yesterday in blasting Senator John F. Kerry for comments they said demeaned the intelligence of US troops, after Kerry gave a speech at a political rally where he said that students who don't perform well "get stuck in Iraq."
Ignore that most people (and even some conservatives) knew full well that Kerry was referring, not to the soldiers being unintelligent, but to Bush. Nor surprisingly, a few BTs deliberately chose to misunderstand Kerry's point and went on a bit of a rant.
Fast forward now to GOP House leader John Boehner (R - SPF 15) who, well, just doesn't seem to worry a whole lot about dead soldiers (emphasis added):
BOEHNER: I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. We’re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids.
The corresponding outrage is, as I'm sure you've already guessed, palpable.
I really do need more of a challenge in this job.