John, oh John. What was going through your unthinking mind? One week before the election. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut and not get in the way of the rising Democratic tide.
But, no. You can't resist attempting a lame joke about how if college students aren’t smart and don’t study hard, they’ll end up stuck in Iraq.
Understood: you were trying to say that Bush is a fool who did just that.
A Kerry aide told CNN that the prepared statement, which had been designed to criticize President Bush, "was mangled in delivery."
Kerry was supposed to say, "I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
But that message didn’t come across. I watched the clip of you on cable news several times. Like almost everyone else, at first I thought you were warning that students who can’t cut it academically end up in the armed forces, fighting interminably in Iraq.
It was only after I heard a Democratic apologist put the progressive politically correct spin on your remarks that I interpreted you differently.
Well, the cat’s out of the bag. The more you try to explain yourself, the more this story will hang around and continue to embarrass your party. My suggestion is that you hole up until after November 7 and let other Democrats do the campaigning from now on.
You’re obviously not cut out to be a spokesman for the Dems. Just like you weren’t cut out to be president of the United States.
It’s frustrating for this progressive to see headlines like “Kerry’s November Gift to Republicans?” And a quote from a Democratic congressman:
"I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."
Middle Earth Journal reports that John Cole is trying to put a positive spin on Kerry’s misspeaking. I just hope Cole is right.
[Update: John Kerry's blog has a refreshingly strong response from Kerry. And also a lot of comments, both pro and con.]