In Context has the last word on this week's political entertainment, the Kerry faux pas.
He's calling it a "botched joke." No sale.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.Nope, sorry. The sentence is clear, and it's not even self-contradictory, though of course it's totally offensive and completely wrong. But maybe extensive microanalysis of the video- or audiotape of Kerry's speech at Pasadena City College will ultimately reveal that what he actually said wasYou 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 us stuck in Iraq.Maybe the Democrat spinmeisters should try that one on for size. It's as believable as anything else they've come up with so far. Static. Hey, maybe they'll even come up with a faux copy of the speech with that tiny little word in place.
Okay, so maybe it's not the very last word we'll hear on the subject, but it's good, isn't it?
UPDATE: Lynn B. was very close in her prediction. The explanation given by Kerry spokeswoman, Amy Brundage, is that
Kerry's prepared text had called for him 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. Just ask President Bush."
Of course the
Democratic operative AP writer Jennifer Loven doesn't bother to question that explanation. And if you think Loven's name sounds familiar, you're right. See more here, here
and - more recently and famously - here.
Bookworm notes that Loven comes by her bias honestly "- her husband, after all, worked for Bill Clinton and advised John Kerry during his run for office."