After a union rally in Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday Kerry told a worker that "these guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group of people I've ever seen." His microphone was still on when he made the comments.
I think it's the "you know" that bothers me the most.
. . . that and CNN's grammar problems.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, said on Thursday that he took "great umbrage" at the comment.
"I am one of those Republicans in Illinois," he said. "If he wants to ascribe to me being crooked and a liar, I think he'll have his (comeuppance) coming." Hastert said Kerry's remarks were "the wrong way to step forward in this campaign."
So what did Hastert say instead of "comeuppance"?
"We call on Senator Kerry to apologize to the American people for this negative attack," Racicot said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"On the day that Senator Kerry emerged as his party's presumptive nominee, the president called to congratulate him," Racicot said. "That goodwill gesture has been met by attacks and false statements."
Bush should just keep letting Kerry bury himself in the mud. But the problem is, eventually you have to get down in there and fight back. And then both players end up dirty.
Oh, by the way, I don't buy Kerry's explanation at all. Of course he was talking about Republicans. He was talking about the Bush administration. Does he really think we'll buy his excuse? It's like Justin Timberlake expecting us to believe that it was a "wardrobe malfunction."