KERRY AND THE CAMERA….I’m sort of loathe to even blog about the whole John Kerry flap. It’s not that I’m flatly unwilling to write about idiotic and transparently manufactured political issues, but a man’s got to have his limits. This “controversy,” along with the almost insane amount of play it’s gotten in the mainstream press, is surely a sign of the end times.

Still, there’s one part of this that I can’t help but comment on. Here’s what Kerry 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.

And here’s what Kerry’s office claims 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. Just ask President Bush.

Here’s the thing. I believe Kerry. I think that really is what he meant to say. But Kerry has been active in politics for more than three decades. He’s been a U.S. senator for more than 20 years. He spent two years running for president. In his career, he’s probably given ? what do you figure? 5,000 speeches? 10,000? 20,000?

So how could he possibly have screwed up a simple little piece of snark like that? After all these years, does he still get so flustered in front of a camera that he can’t even get a simple three-line joke straight? Sheesh.

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