I was also thinking of titling this post “when you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Either expression would apply to Kerry’s recent press conference. Given the chance to explain his musings about education and the military, he stated that he was, in fact, attacking Bush.
Considering that Bush graduated from Kerry’s alma mater, doing better than Kerry did, and that the President then went on to get an MBA from Harvard, it’s hard to accept that it was the President to whom he referred when he 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.” That Kerry is retrofitting madly is also evident from the fact that he was giving advice to young students — that is, he seemed to be saying to them that their career choice (not the President’s) was to go to college or be in the military.
Kerry would have done much better just to apologize gracefully. As it is, he just can’t help being the gift that keeps on giving.
UPDATE: Allahpundit has video footage of Kerry’s refusal to apologize for anything but failing to get off his punch line correctly. Oh, and by the way, it’s all George Bush’s fault. You know, if Kerry didn’t have George Bush to kick around, he’d have to invent him.
I also know that the amen corner on the Democratic side of the aisle is in a delirious uproar over Kerry’s brave stand against Right Wing nuts (and no, I don’t think it’s nice for a Senator to refer to American voters as nuts) — that goes without saying. What I’m wondering is how this is playing out to the middle.
UPDATE II: Flopping Aces has great coverage of John Kerry’s return to prominence, as well as a reminder about the economic distance between Kerry and just about everyone else in the world. When you live in that kind of bubble, maybe it’s not surprising that you constantly misspeak, that you waffle, that you’re rude and insulting, etc. You’re really not a part of the normal human condition, and are pretty much just pretending — kind of like a Martian doing research on planet earth. Kerry is Lt. Data without the humanity.