This is making news all over the blogosphere, but I just caught up to it. Michelle Malkin has a lot more on it, including updates and quotes from troops.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republicans unleashed a firestorm of criticism Tuesday against Sen. John Kerry after the Vietnam veteran told college students they'd "get stuck in Iraq" if they didn't work hard in school.
Kerry later said the remark was a "botched joke" meant to target the president, not U.S. troops.
Before the clarification, White House press secretary Tony Snow, House Majority Leader John Boehner and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, lambasted the four-term senator and demanded he apologize. (Watch Kerry's 'botched joke' that launched the political stink -- 1:50 )
A CNN poll suggests that Iraq is the second-most important issue behind the economy as voters ponder for whom to cast their ballots in next week's midterms.
"This is an absolute insult," Snow said at a daily press briefing. "Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who've given their lives in this."
I dont necessarily agree with those who think that Kerry has completely gone nuts. I think this is just John Kerry showing his true colors. TIME magazine ran an extended piece about 2 years ago covering Kerry's campaign run and amongst other things, you found a Kerry who was remarkedly indecisive, arrogant, elitist and downright mean. In other words, a prick. An angry prick who still can't believe he lost his one chance at becoming President of the United States.
Kerry just cant come to grips that he himself is to blame for his loss in 2004, instead choosing to still focus his ire at Karl Rove and the Swift Boat Veterans for supposedly smearing him. This still eats at Kerry not only because it cost him his one shot at the White House, but because personally he feels betrayed by fellow veterans of war. That's why Kerry's tirade at Tony Snow shouldn't come as a surprise, nor should the fact that he refuses to apologize for dissing the troops. It's just Kerry being Kerry: a miserable and bitter man lashing out at anyone who'll still listen, but refusing to realize that every time he opens his mouth he just finds a way to make things worse.