John Edwards told a Google “town hall” yesterday that he had read the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, the summary of the evidence that led to war in Iraq. . . . His assertion that he read the NIE seems to contradict what his campaign told me last week, when Edwards spokesman Mark Kornblau said his boss hadn’t read the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate. That put him in the same position as all the other senators from the time running for president, save Joe Biden.

However, Kornblau said today that Edwards had “misunderstood” the question yesterday, and that he was referring to having read the declassified version of the NIE, and other intelligence documents.

For some reason, the Edwards campaign seems to have had a series of these unforced errors.