Jonathan Garthwaite

If only they could show they could be trusted, maybe the voters would give them back the keys to the tanks.

Kerry seems determined to not let that happen.

Rush Limbaugh spent his Tuesday show discussing Kerry's remark, and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said that:

"[Kerry] not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who've given their lives in this. This is an absolute insult."

Kerry could have tried to play off his comments as a tasteless joke gone bad, but he didn't. Kerry responded:

"I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium or doughy [talk-show host] Rush Limbaugh."

"It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country, lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have."

Except that not everyone upset by his remarks is a "mouthpiece" or "doughy" or has "never worn the uniform."

Sen. John McCain, a decorated Vietnam veteran, former POW and probable contender in 2008, quickly responded:

"[Kerry] owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education."

Kerry and his allies can claim they are simply criticizing President Bush and his administration, but Kerry's words give him away.

Kerry's "botched joke" fits a pattern that Kerry and many Democrats follow and reveals their disdain for our troops.

Don't forget that it was Kerry who came back from Vietnam and decided, rather than focusing his attacks on the government and those planning the war, he would impugn the character of those servicemen who had laid down their lives in the fields and jungles of Vietnam by claiming:

They "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

It was also Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin who compared guards at Guantanamo to Nazis and the Soviet gulag.

And it was Democrat, Sen. Ted Kennedy who stated that "Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management."

These are attacks on more than an administration. These are attacks aimed directly at the front lines in the war on terror and directly at America's finest soldiers serving our nation.

Democrats everywhere have envisioned Rove in his secret lair, concocting an elaborate plan to stuff ballot boxes in Missouri or steal them in Pennsylvania.

It turns out the October surprise playbook consisted of four words.

"Let Democrats be Democrats."

Now that Americans are seeing the Democrats' true colors yet again, will they still want to buy what Democrats are selling.

I don't think they will.

Jonathan Garthwaite

Jonathan Garthwaite is General Manager of