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John Kerry joke: Sarah Palin should go missing, not Mark Sanford

Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards enjoy a moment together

(UPDATE added below. 12:44 p.m.)

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who some folks may remember as the Democrats' losing 2004 presidential standard bearer,always so funny before he wasn't, had a good one the other night at a party gathering on Capitol Hill.

The buzz at the time was the then-weird disappearance of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

(Now, of course, it's all been fully explained as an intercontinental romantic affair with an Argentine woman that began via e-mail, involving a Father's Day weekend on which the married father of four sons dodged his security detail to flyto Buenos Aires for nearly a week, trying to cover it all up by implying he was going nude-hiking in the woods. Nothing weird left in that story.)

Anyway, before all that became clear, Kerry spoke to party supporters. To be topical, according to Rachelle Cohen of the Boston Herald, Kerry said the funniest thing.

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

Cohen reports that Kerry earned partisan chuckles for that one. Must have been a cash bar.

Palin is, in fact, nowhere near Argentina. She's currently visiting Alaskan troops in Europe and Iraq, where her oldest son has been stationed with the National Guard since last fall.

(UPDATE: Josh Painter's got a video update over here of Gov. Palin's sweetly biting response from over in Kosovo, where she hasn't disappeared.)

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Kerry's a joke about Palin's family is typical liberal hate. Why the dem urge to attack defenseless kids? Kerry should resign!

Ugh. I'm semi-liberal and totally sick of the Palin jokes. I'm glad I never voted for Kerry.

kerry is as unfunny as he is irreleant. if his wife wasn't supporting him, he'd be living under a bridge contemplating boiling his own belt and shoes for dinner.

John Kerry is the one missing. What does he do that qualifies him to be a senator? He's not funny. He should stop trashing Sarah Palin and go crawl back under his rock.


You know, I voted for John Kerry in 2004, given G.W. Bush's manifest incompetence.

But I couldn't bring myself to switch party membership -- I was a told over and over I was a very bad Republican but I still couldn't give up the Party of Lincoln -- until last year when I had a chance to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate who wasn't an embarrassment.

Thankfully, he won.

Kerry and Edwards belong to the past. I'd like to forget them, best as I can.

It is just fortunate that this phony turncoat/hero was exposed trying to be JFK during the few weeks he was maybe in danger and managed to pull only a fraction of his tour( including processing and out, timely procedures). How stupid are we?
Paulin has one thousand times his charector.

[quote]But I couldn't bring myself to switch party membership -- I was a told over and over I was a very bad Republican but I still couldn't give up the Party of Lincoln -- until last year when I had a chance to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate who wasn't an embarrassment. [/quote]

Old Abe would be spinning in his grave if he knew what the GOP morphed into.

Politicians make jokes about other politicians all the time, don't see how it's news. Nor should Palin's response, but she's like the Paris Hilton of Politics, anything to get her name and face in the news. Whose running Alaska while she is busy attacking jokes? (And visiting the troups, or using that as an excuse to visit her own kid on the state dime?)


“The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government… And I won’t be buried under their damn flag,” - Joe Vogler in 1991, Founder of the Alaska Independence Party.....“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd, was a member the Alaskan Independence Party, a radical group working for Alaskan secession from the United States. Todd Palin registered in October 1995 to the Alaska Independence Party and remained a member until 2002, when he registered as undeclared while his wife ran for political office. She is more than sympathetic to the cause of secession; she sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying the unity of the United States.

Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a terrorist who was murdered in 1993 during “a plastic explosives sale gone bad.” Todd Palin joined the party two years later. Neither Sarah nor Todd were 9 years old at the time.

Dexter Clark, vice chairman of the A.I.P.: refers to the American soldiers in Alaska as "occupying troops." Michael Hill, a representative of A.I.P., stated on Glen Beck’s program that the goal of the A.I.P. “is to dissolve the United States and the Constitution.”

Sarah congratulates the secession party on their political gains.

She is a joke.

Kerry is an idiot. He lives on welfare from his rich wife. What a loser. He has his pretend government job so he doesn't have to get a REAL job.

Palin is a has-been who the media keep in the news because they feel that jokes cannot be made about the president. Note the comics with their lines about Joe Biden. Why is the VP painted as a buffoon? Because comedians are scared to death of making fun of Obama. That might be construed as racist.

John Kerry is a living example of the importance of term limits (which was one of the very few oversights of our country's founders).
The problem is, of course, incompetents would never agree to a law in which they would have to relinquish power. These are hollow men and women who lean on the taxpayer for unimaginable benefits and privileges that Thomas Jefferson would revolt against.
It is a kind of fossilized welfare.

You have to admit, the joke is funny.

Sarah Palin is as much of a joke as Dan Quayle was.

Hey Theresa, think you could find a nice job at the factory for John. Then maybe he could get lost in the ketchup.


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