Sen. John Kerry added to his long list of lame joke attempts yesterday when he wished South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's disappearance on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Speaking to some business and civic leaders he had invited to Washington, Kerry quipped: "Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin."
The partisan crowd chuckled, but there's nothing funny about Kerry's criticisms of the Alaska governor.
Here's John Kerry on Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign:
Kerry has a history of making impolitic jokes. Slate magazine recalls two of Kerry's worst:
"Somebody told me the other day that the Secret Service has orders that if George Bush is shot, they're to shoot Quayle . . . There isn't any press here, is there?" (Associated Press, Nov. 16, 1988).
"What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States" (Boston Globe, April 3, 2003).
And don't forget 2006. At a campaign appearance in California for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides, Kerry made the famously awful remark: "You know, education; if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq."
Meanwhile, Palin wasn't exactly sitting in Washington, D.C., chatting up businessmen. She was busy doing something very unfamiliar to Kerry: She was on her way to an undisclosed "overseas" location to visit deployed Alaska National Guard troops and offer thanks and support. As she wrote on her Twitter page yesterday: "Travel now to bring appreciation from their Alaska family & Natl Guard leadership to heroes in US European Command's area of responsibility."
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