In an effort to bolster his party’s chances for big election returns in just 6 days, Sen. John Kerry violated the “Russel L. Honore Rule” – he got stuck on stupid!

Here’s what Kerry told a college audience in California yesterday: “If you make the most of it and you study hard and 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.”

I find that an insult to our brave men and women in uniform for whose daily countless acts of heroism and valor go virtually unmentioned. Regardless of whether anyone agrees with the mission and war in Iraq, we have the most intelligent and courageous all-volunteer military in the world. Without them, the John Kerry’s of the world might not even continue to have the freedom to make those kinds of remarks – let alone run for president.

Kerry defended his remarks as a “botched joke” claiming that he was referring to President Bush. But not many folks are buying it – to include Democratic strategists who are imploring him behind the scenes to “shut up.”

President Bush followed up on his press secretary’s condemnation of the remarks saying, “The senator’s suggestion that the men and women of our military are somehow uneducated is insulting and shameful. The members of the US military are plenty smart and plenty brave and the senator from Massachusetts owes them an apology.”

But there would be no concession by Kerry. “I apologize to no one for my criticism of the president and of his broken policy,” he said.

I take issue with that too. For the sake of threatening morale 3000 miles away in a dangerous land, John Kerry should apologize. He should get unstuck on stupid and simply say whatever the intent was, he is sorry. Even Rep. Harold Ford Jr, D-TN, is calling for Kerry’s apology.

If he doesn’t, he might as well have said, “I support the war but not the troops.”

Just kidding… that’s just a bad joke.

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