“with all due respect”

It’s amazing what allegedly adult folks say. David Gergen, a mainstreamer’s mainstream guy, in moderating last night’s debate between Scott Brown and the lobbyists’ plaything he’s running against, referred to the vacant Senate seat as “Kenndy’s seat.”

Scott Browns response, via The Corner:

Well, with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat. And they have the chance to send somebody down there who is an independent voter, and an independent thinker, and going to look out for the best interests of the people of Massachusetts.

“With all due respect” is the classic way of telling someone in power, “you’re full of s***; here’s why.”

Repeating an old but true nonetheless saying: If Edward Moore Kennedy had been named Edward Moore Smith, he’d never have been elected to any office. The “Lion of the Senate” was a political hack, a lefty, and should have served time for manslaughter, as his actions and inaction caused the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.


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