Why couldn't the Massachusetts senator have climbed out of the hole he fell into by just apologizing for saying something stupid, rather than getting out a shovel and digging?
Well, he can't - as a Fight Club Democrat, Kerry has embraced the message of the Nutroots as to how to deal with any and every attack- "Never give in. Never surrender!".
This approach does not leave one a lot of latitude for picking one's battlefields, and produces the ridiculous result seen here - Kerry defending his botched joke, blaming his listeners for responding to exactly what he said and blasting them for failing to grasp the subtle nuance of what he meant to say, but didn't.
And yet the Great and Powerful Kos approves! Mission accomplished, Tall One - the Nutroots luv ya! Fight, fight, fight!
Let me continue with Howard Kurtz:
There isn't anybody, including in the Bush administration, who believes that Kerry meant to insult the soldiers in Iraq with his clumsy joke that has given the Republicans a big fat target after months on the defensive. But the words he uttered, in his clumsy fashion, were insulting, and he should have moved quickly to limit the damage.
I respectfully disagree as to what people may have believed, especially prior to the release of the director's cut of Kerry's intended "joke". That means I respectfully disagree with LaShawn Barber as well.
I'll grant that I did not believe that Kerry's quip was well-considered. But given his personal history with the Winter Soldier testimony, as well as for reasons cited here under "FROM HOTLINE", I can't say it was clear to me that Kerry was not accidentally revealing a secret he would prefer to carry quietly in his heart, to wit, enlisting is for losers.
Let's put it another way - how do you ask a man to be the last man to enlist for a mistake? Is it really implausible that Republicans might believe that Democrats such as Kerry secretly believe that enlisting in order to go off and serve in Bush's wrong and irrelevant war is a bad choice? Sure, I would not expect Kerry to say so, but we are talking about John Kerry here - who knows what toads might hop out of his mouth from one moment to the next?
And our Secret Sources have already gotten a look at Kerry's next scripted quip:
'They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. They're not laughing now.'
UNRELENTING: How do you ask a man to be the last man to apologize for his mistake? Kerry finally states the obvious:
As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.
I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.
It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.
I remain unconvinced that his spoken words were "misinterpreted" but whatever.
HE WAS FOR MORE TROOPS BEFORE HE WAS AGAINST IT: John Kerry displays his well-trained Yale intellect with Don Imus as he grapples with the correct troop level in Iraq:
KERRY: These guys have failed America. The people who owe an apology are people like Donald Rumsfeld, who didn’t send enough troops, who didn’t listen to the generals, who has made every mistake in the book.
...John McCain has been a cheerleader for a policy that is incorrect. John McCain says we ought to send another 100,000 troops over there. First of all, we don’t have another 100,000 troops. Secondly, if you send them over there, it’s going to do exactly what’s already happened, which is attract more terrorists and more jihadists. Our own generals are telling us that it’s the numbers of troops that are the problem.
Huh? I am not smart enough to figure that out... guess I ought to enlist.
PILING ON: More photo fun - Kerry has a book out.