Kerry's Sorry Moment

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 2, 2006; 9:12 AM

John Kerry has benched himself.

I can only imagine what other Democrats might have said to get him off the stage.

One day after ratcheting up his unintended but captured-on-tape crack about uneducated soldiers by refusing to apologize and declaring rhetorical war on the White House, Kerry said he was sorry on Imus and then canceled his other campaign appearances and interviews.

Could it be that other Democratic candidates--Hillary, Tennessee's Harold Ford, Montana's Jon Tester, even Howard Dean--were openly criticizing his remarks?

Actually, maybe it was the I-Man who convinced him by saying: "Stop talking. Go home, get on the bike, go windsurfing, anything. Stop it. You're going to ruin this."

Kerry kept going on about the disgraceful behavior of the White House.

"Well, why not apologize for the misunderstanding?" Imus asked.

"Well, I did. I said it was a botched joke. Of course, I'm sorry about a botched joke. You think I love botched jokes? I mean, it's pretty stupid."

Imus wasn't buying: "Why not, along with apologizing for the botched joke, at least apologize for the perception and the misunderstanding of your remarks, and then move on? And please, I'm just begging you . . . "

"Well, I did," Kerry said.

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