There are few things worse for a public figure than misspeaking, having your words misconstrued or--as in John Kerry's case last week--a combination of both. But he has been in good, bipartisan and even holy company this year.
"You make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
WHAT HE MEANT The Senator was supposed to say, "You get us stuck," a pre-election barb aimed at the President. The White House said Kerry had insulted U.S. soldiers' smarts.
THE FALLOUT Kerry apologized to U.S. troops--but not to Bush.