Where was this John Kerry two years ago?

So if you've been paying attention to the news at all today, you've heard about the latest Bush-Kerry brouhaha.  Here's what started it all off:

Kerry told a group of California students on Monday that those unable to navigate the country's education system "get stuck in Iraq." 

Kerry admits that it was a botched joke, but the Bush administration jumped on it like a fat kid on a cupcake, accusing Kerry — a decorated war veteran — of criticizing U.S. troops in Iraq.

But unlike when he was Swiftboated in the 2004 presidential election, Kerry hits back.  Hard.

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook.   I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq." 

Clearly, the man has learned a thing or two since losing to Bush 43 in 2004.  Had he shown his juevos then like he is showing them now, it may have been a different story.  No point in dwelling on the past, though.  The future looks bright for the Democrats.

(Quote lifted from DailyKos.)