The Captain accurately assesses the whole problem with Kerry’s “misspeak”:
I’m still pretty torn on this controversy. Had Kerry simply come out yesterday and said, Whoops, my bad — I left out a couple of key words from the punchline and left the wrong impression — my apologies!, I think the entire story would have died immediately. However, in his typically tone-deaf manner, he decided to brand the entire incident a Republican smear, despite the fact that he had been quoted accurately.
Now he’s left with the argument that he misquoted himself while trying to show off his supposed intellectual superiority over George Bush, and that it’s all Bush’s fault despite being Kerry’s intellectual inferior. Really, no one could have scripted a more hilarious scenario, and the longer Kerry continues this line of defense/offense, the more ridiculous a figure he becomes. It demonstrates clearly that the “I was for the $87 billion before I was against it” gaffe was no fluke.
I’ll have one more point to make, after I get husband and kids off for the day.