John Kerry has issued an apology for his comments yesterday at a California rally — far too late to avoid the damage he did. And as always, the apology contained an attack against the President, as anything Kerry says. (One wonders if he tells his staff “put cream in my coffee, and don’t screw it up like Bush screwed up Iraq.” The man is simply obsessed.)
Had Kerry apologized immediately, or recovered from his gaffe as he made it, the issue would have probably died down. Instead, Kerry chose to fight, reminding GOP partisans why they don’t like the Democrats, and forcing Democrats to disavow his comments. Kerry could have brought some attention to key races, but instead the message has shifted, and he’s left candidates high and dry.
Kerry is simply politically tone deaf, and even his attempt at an apology shows a fundamental inability to connect with the American people. Undoubtedly even the Democrats are hoping he disappears — and quick.