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Sen. Kerry Clarifies Joke About Palin

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) would like to amend that little joke he made earlier this week about Sarah Palin when he said he wished it had been the Alaska governor who had gone missing instead of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

"Too bad, if a governor had to go missing, it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin," Kerry told a group of civic and business leaders on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. That, of course, was before he and the rest of us learned Sanford had lost himself in Argentina with his secret mistress.

Conservative women rushed to Palin's defense after the Kerry joke. Ethel Fenig at American Thinker wrote, "Tee hee! Letterman, Kerry -- all afraid of strong, independent women! Kerry should find a job with David Letterman -- who would miss him?"

Kerry's spokeswoman now tells The Sleuth the senator really didn't mean what he said, though his clarification would hardly qualify as an apology.

"We stand corrected, the truth is every Democrat hopes Governor Palin is in the public eye for a long, long time, especially on the 2012 presidential ballot," Kerry spokeswoman Jodi Seth says. "Lately it's been Vice President Cheney that everyone hopes would lose the cameras and go for a long leisurely hike on the Appalachian Trail. And good grief, if anyone thinks John Kerry is afraid of strong, smart women, they sure haven't met his brilliant wife and two independent daughters. It sounds like getting crushed these last two election cycles cost some of these Republicans their sense of humor."

We'll see how funny Palin finds this.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 26, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
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I knew my vote and work in 2004 would not let me down.

Thank you Senator Kerry.

Some of us do appreciate intelligence.

Thank you for all your service.

Posted by: sasha2008 | June 26, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Senator Kerry has noticed that his own party has put him out to pasture. I think it was nice of Governor Palin to pay SOME attention to him. And she's right, poor Lurch does look sad and has good reason to be. Nobody wants him and most of the country wants Palin and Guiliani to run the crooks out of DC.

Posted by: LauraVW | June 27, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Kerry is, was and always will be a dufus!! The best thing this pampered knucklehead could do is just shut up, but his need for "fame" overrides his judgement.

Posted by: kalamere | June 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Kerry is, was and always will be a dufus!! The best thing this pampered knucklehead could do is just shut up, but his need for "fame" overrides his judgement.

Posted by: kalamere | June 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad, if a governor had to go missing, it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin,"

Yeah, we know, Sarah Palin. Your opinion of "business and civic leaders" is such that you think they are unaware of who the governor of Alaska is? Halp us Jon Carry.

So Kerry wishes that a woman with small children would go missing. Nice. Really nice.

Posted by: LaurainFlorida | June 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to be kept front and center in the Republican Party.

Her visionary views (of Russia) make her untouchable with respect to foreign policy.

Her hands on experience with the problems of unwed mothers put her a unique position to address the monstrous moral issues of the day.

Being Governor of a state with shrinking glaciers and rising seas gives her standing in the court of global warming.

Speak more Sarah! How would you handle, you know, like, the Health Care issues, The Financial Crisis. Let's hear the details, please?

Posted by: thebobbob | June 27, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It looks like has-been John Kerry is trying to cash in on a little Sarah to try to revive that image (from dead back to boring again).

Any PR is good PR. The bigger your audience the louder your words. It makes sense that if you want to get the most people's attention, attack the person with the most followers.

Posted by: ReaganTMan1 | June 27, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

One more time, thebobbob, Russia actually is a geographic neighbor of Alaska and Palin NEVER said she can see Russia from her house, that was Tina Fey. Haha, the slam on single mothers. Why don't you look at the president, the product of an 18 year old unwed mother himself since his father was already married in Africa when he "married" Obama's mother. The natural gas pipeline contract Governor Palin just finalized with Canada and the oil companies will do more to help the United States with energy needs than ANYTHING Obama has done to help the country. If anyone cared to check the marital status of the majority of Democratic base voters and their children you might not be so cavalier about making snide comments. Maybe if more Democratic "baby mommas" would get married themselves then the welfare roles would be reduced and poverty would be eliminated. If your base started to work and actually PAY TAXES then you would lose your sure thing,an uneducated, demanding of services voting block. Just cutting off the single moms and their children would do wonders to solve the health care issue. Keep laughing, you are as funny as Kerry himself!

Posted by: Michelle111 | June 27, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Liveshot has never been funny except when he was photographed windsurfing. His spokesman didn't improve the situation, but if they want to keep going at it with Palin, have at it. She'll wipe the floor with him.

Posted by: joanne600 | June 27, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

John Kerry has been a despicable POS since he lied his way out of the Viet Nam war...stabbing all the great American soldiers in the back. That he keeps being re-elected shows that the people of MA are morons. Someone please tell me one good thing the jerk has done since he realized the he was a total loser and knew that the only career he had is feeding the electorate of MA his ignorant BS.

And his wife is such an a*s...her late husband has to be turning in his grave as he realizes his wife has taken his family fortune and supported the French Senator from MA, who, by the way says he served in Viet Nam. I served an entire year in VN like most of our soldiers... Kerry was able to "engineer" an out. I'd be embarrassed to have that scum as my senator... but then we are talking about Democrats, and we all know they have no real values or morals.

Posted by: dwd-roch | June 27, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Kerry but he's a dork.

But he did earn his medals. I'm sure Karl Rove laughs his way to the bank every time he reads hate-filled diatribes like that of dwd-roch.

Posted by: rick_desper | June 27, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StewartIII | June 27, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Kerry was for the joke before he was against it? Kerry is the joke...

Posted by: fenoy | June 28, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

While I may agree Kerry's comments weren't smart and maybe he should leave comedy to others, I wouldn't bring up "democratic baby mamas" if I were you. Seven of the top ten states in divorce and unwed mothers were states that voted for McCain in the last election. That indicates there isn't much support for the defense of marriage in those states, nor for abstinance. It appears republicans talk alot about morals but don't practice what they preach.

Posted by: Repub | June 28, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Kerry should forget the jokes like his "too stupid to get out of Iraq" "joke " in the 04 campaign. Like Letterman, he just isn't very funny. About "going missing" Kerry was gone from the Senate in 2003-2004 running for President. Did anyone miss him then or now?

Posted by: saywhat11 | June 28, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Kin ah git me a huntin' license here"?

What a stooge! It's pretty easy to "stand up to strong women" like his wife & daughters when you all agree on everything!

Would JFK-Lite be so tough if the missus threatened to yank all her dough out of his allowance fund if he didn't change his mind on something that might cost him an election?

What a dope!

Posted by: fonkyou | June 28, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

"Kin ah git me a huntin' license here"?

This from the guy raised in Alpine boarding schools, had an Italian motorcycle worth more than my last five cars and who has a sailboat called the "Scaramouche".


Posted by: fonkyou | June 28, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse


Would you care to provide proof that those seven states don't "defend marriage".

Here's a stat: 57 out of 57 states were visited by Obama during the campaign.

Were those the "extra seven" states you were refering to?

Posted by: poorsinner101 | June 29, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! John Kerry has another wife? Why didn't he bring her on the campaign trail instead of that loopy half stoned dimwit, Ter AA za???

Posted by: Ctmom4 | June 29, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Everytime Kerry opens his mouth, he again proves what a dink he really is

Posted by: aseawell | June 29, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

There is always a critic somewhere but it is the context of the comment that brings out the most brutal critic of them all. I think Kerry was trying to have a sense of humour at the time but as usual, he failed miserably. After the comments that have come from Pailin in the past, it's no wonder the defenses are so high on the political scene.

Posted by: Atheistno1 | June 29, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Senator Kerry said that "every Democrat hopes Governor Palin is in the public eye ... on the 2012 presidential ballot," and I couldn't agree more. Presidential campaigns can be heavy stuff and a time when we can all use a good laugh, and Ms. Palin will bring a lot of laughs if she's around. Imagine more interviews where she can't take her foot out of her mouth! I can't wait. Of course, she won't win, but she will make us laugh.

As for LauraVW's belief that "most of the country wants Palin and Guiliani to run the crooks out of DC," let's keep in mind that both Palin and Giuliani *are* crooks -- the clothes she kept, the public relations business he milked -- and in any case, most of the country wants nothing to do with Republicans. Polls prove it. What information did Laura rely on to make such a preposterous statement?

Posted by: CallmeIsmael | June 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I must identify I am a nerd. An old one but still a nerd. The level of thinking in many of the previous comments is low. I agree, Senator Kerry's comment on Ms Palin was poor and should not have been made. However, that's what happens when the mouth opens and speaks without thinking. Many of us should remain quiet and listen, including myself, that is the only way we learn. We do not learn by talking. However, I think I have thought this one through. Ms Palin must be good for the people of Alaska. They elected her. A put down of Ms Palin is a put down of the people in Alaska. That is not fair. And you can believe she would make a fine President of the US. However, after listening to her during the election process I cannot agree with that assessment. I am hopeful, that during the years leading to 2012, that if she plans to run for the presidency, she learns to listen, read and study, and prepare herself to run for that position. It was apparent she was not prepared for that when Senator McCain selected her as his vice president candidate in the election. As I am not a politician I will conclude with "God bless everyone!"

Posted by: donald-donna | June 29, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe Kerry should have even acknowledged wing nuts who go into a frenzy with their panties in a knot anytime anyone says something not so flattering about Palin. From the first time I saw that female, I knew she was no lady. She has a big mouth that tries to stir up trouble and racism, she tried to divide the country. Thankfully enough recognized what a loose cannon she is and they didn't even get close to the White House. I do, however, hope she runs in 2012, her actions have shown that she is unfit to run for any office. She doesn't care about the people she is supposed to serve, she comes first. All she cares about is her own personal agenda, that has been clear. Just imagine 3 more years of her blunders getting public scrutiny! It is a Democrats dream!

Posted by: kitten526 | June 29, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Palin is funny.

Re:"Tee hee! Letterman, Kerry -- all afraid of strong, independent women!

However I am afraid of Palin being president because she is IGNORANT.

Posted by: janye1 | June 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the stupid stuff that those who think and love Kerry continue to voice the same words as always. The one who called Palin just plain ignorant is such a caring person. I give Kerry the benefit and say he is not that but he is just plain naive. Everyone in Washington thinks raising taxes on idustry will teach them a lesson and the tax on energy will only be about the price of a stamp each day, who do they think we are? When has the government ever been right on the expenitures, NEVER. We want this well-run government to run our health care by taking money from Medicare which I guess will be fine.
People wake-up and see that our rights are being taken away and no one seems to care. We have the President of the United States telling the CEO of GM where to live, what right does he have to do that, can anyone liberal tell me why he has that right. The Supreme Court just ruled cities can not force employees to live in their city to work there, but the President does not count.

Posted by: cgreen4 | June 29, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"So Kerry wishes that a woman with small children would go missing. Nice. Really nice.

Posted by: LaurainFlorida | June 27, 2009 3:02 PM | "
You forgot to mention that Sarah Palin is an egomaniacal, phony, attack dog ignoramus that thinks that man battled the dinosaurs and won. Oh, yes, she is also a hypocrite.

She has no business on the national stage, let alone running a state.

Posted by: JRM2 | June 29, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Kerry once again has opened his mouth and demonstrated his idiocy. Once again he has demonstrated his poor talent for national politics. Both of his wives have been extremely wealthy; it does not follow that they would allow him any say in what they do. So much for handling women.

Posted by: duke99 | June 29, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Only 115,000 people voted for Palin, and frankly I wonder about where their heads were at the time they marked the ballot. The biggest mistake any Alaskans ever made was putting her in statewide office. Alaskans have made some real strange choices in politics, but electing her was one of the strangest. She does not have some political "mandate" in Alaska. She only recieved the votes of less than one fifth the population. Had there not been 6 or 7 other candidates on the ballot, I don't think she would have won at all. And she has lost a whole bunch of that approval rating that she once enjoyed. She's a joke and every time she opens her mouth she proves it. She is good fodder for the late night comics!

Posted by: alaskan2 | June 29, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Just in case it isn't clear- in my previous post I am talking about the numbers of Alaskans who voted for Palin for the office of governor- not the presidential race. Someone in a previous post mentioned the Alaskans who voted for Palin for governor and I am just pointing out there weren't very many of them.

Posted by: alaskan2 | June 29, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Why are all of these men afraid of this woman? Could it be that her charisma is a lot better then theirs so they have to make jokes to put her down. Sarah Palin in 2012.

Posted by: gerrypooh | June 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a storm in a teacup! Quips of this nature are part of political life and once made should not be retracted, and by doing so Senator Kerry is open to more criticism than he deserves. The defenders of Ms Palin are generally not the brightest of the electorate who are still trying to find Alaska on the map and rather than apologizing and withdrawing his remarks, the Senator should be encouraging them to keep the name of Ms Palin on the front pages of our National newspapers and letting the country learn for themselves that she is the dumbest animal on the farm.

Posted by: hargren | June 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

There are no jokes ABOUT Palin. The joke IS Palin.

Posted by: SKVAM1 | June 29, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The ignorance of so many Americans is exemplified by some of the posters who have commented on this board about John Kerry. Most of you are not worthy to even THINK about criticizing a man who has spent his entire life in public service. If you are stupid enough to believe the Swiftboaters, I have some ocean-front land in Nebraska to sell you. Kerry was man enough to serve in Vietnam, be decorated for it, and then come back to speak his conscience. History has proven that the Vietnam War was a horrible waste of lives - something John Kerry knew well and worked to change. It is repulsive to read the ignorant remarks of un-educated people who have no higher-level thinking skills and believe everything they are told by Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Reilly. People like this will be the downfall of America, as they can't and/or won't understand the complexity of today's problems and believe the simplistic answers the right provides.

Posted by: annieb346 | June 29, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a petty and childish imbecile. What next. A fight with the kid at the lemonade stand. Give it a rest Sarah "Barracuda". More like Sarah the Puffer Fish if you ask me.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 29, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

No correction necessary - I heard him and agree with his original comment. I wish palin and her ignorance on the issues and backwards style would disappear too. She's an insult to all intelligent women.

Posted by: NotFooledByDistractionsTX | June 29, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

dwd-rock stated "John Kerry lied his way out of the Vietnam war".

According to Wikipedia, John Kerry was awarded 2 purple hearts and a Silver Star. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War which numbered about 20,000. It sounds more like he "wounded" himself out of the war.

Posted by: gan11 | June 29, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Kerry is a dork.
Palin is a joke.

This is new?


Posted by: dastubbs | June 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. John Kerry, who probably won the 2004 election Bush stole, has at least 50 IQ points on Sarah Palin. In these comments, it looks like the people supporting Kerry have a good 50 points higher IQ than the ones who like Palin. Well, it figures. The Republicans love attractive people who aren't too bright. You have to wonder why. Once you hear the global warming deniers, like Palin herself who lives in the midst of it, you realize most of these people think the earth is 6000 years old and still flat.

Posted by: shaman7214 | June 29, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

from callmelsmael: "...Palin and Giuliani *are* crooks -- the clothes she kept..."

Ah, she auctioned off the clothes and gave the money to charity, idiot.

But you Lib's wouldn't know anything about giving to charity VOLUNTARILY, would you?

Posted by: freedomfighter_99 | June 29, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Republicans love attractive people who aren't too bright"

Hey, that's pretty funny. You just described 99% of the Bolsheviks in Hollywood.

Posted by: freedomfighter_99 | June 29, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

annieb346: "If you are stupid enough to believe the Swiftboaters"

What makes you think the men who served with him and OVER him are any less reliable than he is? Every officer who had Kerry under him thought very little of the man.

It takes a very special BS artist to write up an after-action report which is not only false, but portrays the writer as "Rambo".

Yeah. He was "wounded". One metal splinter in his hand that the doctor could hardly find, and a piece of rice stuck into his ass. A regular Audie Murphy.

Oh, I forgot - he shot an unarmed boy who was running away, in the back, too.

John Kerry is a phony and a liar. He's also a traitor to his country and the men who actually FOUGHT in Vietnam.

He is a disgrace.

Posted by: freedomfighter_99 | June 29, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Even in joking Senator Kerry was right on the mark when making the remark that Gov. Sarah Palin should have gone missing instead. Gov. Palin is missing, common sense, pragmatic thinking, and progressive thoughts. Gov. Palin is so not qualified to hold any government position, she has proven herself to be far short of what is needed, intelligence. I am not even going to go into the litiney of mis-statements, twisting of scientific fact and plain lack of ability to answer the question asked of her, she tends to decide what pre programmed speech she spew out that has nothing to do with a question asked.That is called stupidity, she IS NOT Presidential material in any way. How about we ask her to take an IQ test, I'll bet the farm she can't break 100 and we all know now what a president with a two digit IQ will do. Just look back and remember George W Bush.
thomas mcmahon
millis ma

Posted by: tommic856 | June 30, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Re- Sn Kerry's remarks: As a registered republican, I appreciate truthfulnees, even when it hurts. Palin is a DISGRACE, I MEAN A BIG DISGRACE to our party, and like Kerry I WISH SHE DISAPPEARS FROM THE POLITICAL ARENA AND DEDICATE HER TIME TO HER FAMILY. THAT WHERE SHE BELONGS! WE NEED INTELLIGENT PEOPLE IN OUR PARTY.

Posted by: InesJones | June 30, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To Lauren in Florida, I don't think Sen. Kerry's remarks were in regards to foul play. That's the problem with ppl. today.
They selectively choose how they want to quote others! I do believe Gov. Sanford went missing to satisfy his own personal affairs. Sen. Kerry made a comparison to that. I'm not condoning what he said, but let's not get the entire story twisted.

Also, for freedomfighter, where do you get your facts from? You said, "every officer, who had Kerry under him, thought very little of the man". I'm sure you sat down with Captains, Majors, Colonels and Generals, to discuss all of this, right? You ppl. need to seriously get a life!

Posted by: mikeajeff | June 30, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

He said what 70 % of the what America is Praying for. Sarah Palin is a blemish to Our political System. Oh, Thanks John McCain and The Republican Party for bringing to the Forefront, such incredible and deeply wise Talent as Palin. I mean She really SCREAMS,
"Respect Me, can't You see I'm Thinking"

Posted by: mcfarlan_k | June 30, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Sensitivities have to be respected, especially by a public figure.
It doesn't serve any useful purpose to offend someone. It only hurts.
Both publicly and privately.
So let's not throw our manners to the wind.
It doesn't pay on either side.

dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | June 30, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Michelle111 on 6/27 7:06, you sound nasty.

Posted by: fedup3 | June 30, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

So "Michelle 111". When are You do to be released from Satins Grip ?. I mean, I'm sure Hell can survive ONE Day without You. You know, with Hitler, Hussein, Pol Pot and the rest of the,"Wish You were all Dead" crowd down There !

Anyway, You have a wonderful Day. Oh, What is the color of the Sky in Your World ?

Posted by: mcfarlan_k | June 30, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | June 30, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I too wish Palin would disappear, along with Rush, Newt, Sean, Billo, and all the other gasbags. Let a real voice emerge for the party and its future.

Posted by: tabasco16 | June 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Although Kerry has given a lifetime of service to the country and has a wide range of knowledge on many subjects, he is in danger of being stereotyped by his bad jokes.

It is a shame that his feeble jokes and the Swiftboaters have come to define Kerry.

Posted by: mcafla | July 1, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Kerry was ignored by Obama for SoS.
I regret the time and money I spent fighting for Kerry in 2004. Gov. Palin didn't go to an Ivy League school so he ridicules her.Kerry is an elitist boor.

Posted by: Grace6 | July 1, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I was on the VVAW march in Washington in 1970 or 71, and John Kerry voiced our feelings elequently to Congress. Each Vietnam veteran has his own war. Some see America as always right. For those of us grunts who thought about what we were doing, John Kerry had the education and ability to stand-up where we common grunts had only an internal battle raging with no words left to say; a battle between disgust and what should have been the glories of WWII we grew up on. Thanks for the war, dad!!!
John Kerry was a college graduate who joined the military. I was a college drop-out who had no choice (Yes, I know, Canada or jail). Where are all the others, those who evaded slick and teflon-like in college or with rich daddys like Bush who then goes on to send others to war. Is everything still black and white for you still? What did you do about Vietnam, grandpa?

Posted by: jhigbie1 | July 1, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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