In a speech on Monday, Senator John Kerry implied that only uneducated dullards end up fighting for the U.S. in Iraq, saying “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. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
In a subsequent news conference, Kerry refused to apologize for the comment, saying that his remarks were just a “botched joke” (source). It turns out that no one is laughing, and now Kerry has the American Legion calling for an apology even as a Democrat congressman complains, “I guess Kerry wasn’t content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too” (source).
My prediction is that Senator Kerry will have to backtrack more than he has if he wants to have any kind of credibility as a presidential candidate in 2008. My guess is that he’ll either have to apologize outright, or he’ll at least have to say that he was for the troops before he was against them.