John Kerry got jacked.
I'm referring, of course, to his horrible attempt at humor a few days ago. In trying to make fun of the President's intellect, he botched the line. Addressing a group of students, he meant to say:
"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."
Instead, what came out was:
To be honest, the joke was lame. Some people should not even try to be funny. John Kerry is at the top of that list. Actually, very few politicians should every try to be funny. The very fact that you need to try says a lot. Either you are or you're not, and it's painful to watch people try. We haven't had a lot of funny politicians in recent years. Bill Clinton was funny when he was behaving himself. Lee Atwater was wickedly funny. Ronald Reagan was endearingly funny. John Kerry, you're no Reagan, Atwater, or Bubba.
"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."
At the same time, being not-funny is not a crime. It's just a tragedy. Rather than recognize this as a mispeak, the Republicans took the quote and ran with it, insisting Kerry was bashing our troops. For all his inadequacies, John Kerry is not dumb enough to bash our troops. He's awkward, not stupid. To take this quote and misrepresent it is just plain wrong.
Anyone who speaks in front of people says things screwy once in a while. There are a series of books on George Bush's goof ups, with no end in sight for the series. Once, while describing our Burning Man efforts at a conference of a few hundred pastors, I said "We raised $6000 and spent it all on camping beer." I meant camping gear. It just happens.
All that to say that this was unfair. Again, it's not immoral to be goofy. Republicans, please let Mr. Kerry implode on his own.