He took a lot of shit for letting way too much time go buy in responding to the Swift Boat nonsense of the 2004 election, but today John Kerry has come back swinging at "Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country, lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have."
It started off as one of Kerry's classic, stiff jokes before a class of college students. While trying to instill these kids with an idea of how important education is, the Yale graduate and Vietnam war veteran said, "You know, education -- if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." After the event, he quickly clarified the statement and said that the line he biffed was supposed to be a bash of the President and his intellectual apathy and how that following his lead might find students getting us into a similar fuck-up as we have in Iraq. Convoluted, I know. But it's John Kerry we're talking about.
But the GOP saw its moment and seized. The talking points went out lightening fast and before you could say "Mission Accomplished" John McCain was saying Kerry's comments were "insensitive" and "ill-considered"; the Snowman said Kerry, "not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who have given their lives in this"; and the Chicago Tribune had a headline on their website decalring John Kerry as the GOP's October surprise.
But it looks like John F. Kerry has learned his lesson and is not letting a moment pass without responding. In a moment of rare poetry, the junkior Senator from Mass said he won't be lectured a "stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium" or by "doughy Rush Limbaugh."
I'd like to order a doughy Limbaugh and a side of queso, thanks.