With the Democrats, nothing is in the bag...
Natch, the Necropublicans, sensing blood in the water, and what's more, blood in the water involving their favorite fetish -> other people dying for them on foreign soil, have jumped on it. George Bush says:
Even in the midst of a heated campaign season, there are still some things we should all be able to agree on, and one of the most important is that every one of our troops deserves our gratitude and respectwhich of course, on its face, is true. However if I was in the military, what I would ask for more than anything, even more than respect, is to not be sent to die in a foreign country except for very, very good reasons. Bush is as he was, a fraud, an eight-year-old playing leader.
And John Kerry, for his part, is as he was, probably well meaning, but stilted and ultimately ineffectual.
If Taylor Marsh is right, here is what he meant 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.
If Democrats take no other solace from this incident - it should effectively end a Kerry bid in 2008.
Update: I note that Taylor Marsh links to Kerry's "explanation" - an apology and an attach together. Not too badly done, actually.