(CNSNews.com) - Cable talk show host Don Imus on Wednesday morning urged Sen. John F. Kerry to disappear for a while: "Please, stop it. Stop talking. (Kerry laughs.) Go home. Get on the bike. Go windsurfing. Anything. Stop it. Don't. You're going to ruin this."
Kerry said he's "not going to let these guys distort something completely out of its context solely for the purpose of avoiding responsibility." He said "everybody knows" he "botched a joke" on Monday, when -- in the course of a speech -- he appeared to insult young Americans fighting in Iraq.
"Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well," Kerry told students in Pasadena while campaigning for California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he added.
Democratic blogs on Tuesday and Wednesday were strongly supportive of Kerry, with many liberals praising him for finally "fighting back." That's why the very few comments criticizing Kerry's "botched joke" on U.S. troops) stood out.
A blogger on the Democratic National Committee website wrote that Kerry "cost us us the 2004 election. I don't think we should allow him to cost us again. I wish he would just shut up and go away."
And a blogger on the Democratic Underground website opined, We would all be better served if those candidates gunning for 2008 would please shut up and stay quietly on the sidelines until after Nov. 7." This blogger called Kerry's remarks "stupid...off the cuff at a time when Dems can't afford" to mess up, especially so close to an election.
And a blogger on Kerry's own website wrote that "John Kerry is a bitter, bitter man. Maybe he slipped in his speech. I'd like to give him a pass. But his response at his press conference later in the day, attacking President Bush and Rush Limbaugh. Shameful. Very shameful."
Another blogger on Kerry's website wrote that Kerry's comments "came across the wrong way to many people." This blogger said the "misinterpretation may hurt some of the Democratic candidates that Sen. Kerry has worked so hard to promote and I think he should apologize for the way this comment came across and try to do as much damage control as possible at this critical time before next Tuesday's election."
And then there's this - again, from the blog on Kerry's website: "He just doesn't get it. His views about the war in Iraq are not the issue. He showed poor judgment at best, great disrespect at worst...I'm a Democrat and I'm concerned about this war, but I don't like John Kerry. He's an arrogant man."
While some Democrats are upset with Kerry's foot-in-mouth comments, others may be secretly rejoicing that the 2004 presidential candidate appears to be knocking himself out of the running in 2008.
Those rejoicing would be the Democrats with presidential ambitions of their own. But with the exception of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who demanded an apology from Kerry, none of the 2008 presidential hopefuls on the Democratic side are saying anything publicly at the moment.
See Earlier Story:
Kerry: It Was a 'Botched Joke' (Oct. 31, 2006)
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