Democratic candidates are fleeing John Kerry like the plague. His appearances in Minnesota and Pennsylavania have been canceled. Tennessee’s Harold Ford has called on Kerry to apologize. In Montana, Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester says:
Senator Kerry’s remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid. He owes out troops and their families an apology.
Meanwhile, commenters on left-wing web sites are divided between those who say Kerry’s statement was obviously a joke, and those who say Kerry shouldn’t be criticized for telling the truth about the military.
Needless to say, this isn’t the story the Democrats wanted to create, entirely needlessly, during the last days of the campaign.