John Kerry should have kept his mouth shut. There's still too much stigma left over from 2004.
Don't get me wrong, I admire Kerry. But, in this campaign season, he should have kept quiet. At the very least, he shouldn't have tried to tell a joke in public that puts anyone down for their intellectual shortcomings, be it the president, the troops, or anyone. That's not how you win the hearts and minds of everyday people. And doing so just propagates the Republicans' contention that Kerry, and Democratic leaders in general, are a bunch of pompous intellectual elitists. That image (however exaggerated and distorted) turned a lot of people off in 2004, and it will likely turn some people off this year. The Dems face enough other challenges this year. They don't need a replay of this one.
But it's done, and now we can only hope that it dies a quick death.
On a very different note, last evening the great Keith Olbermann delivered a masterful rant about the situation. Check it out.