Kerry, puffed with righteous indignation, waded into the Trent Lott furor,
demanding the Republican's head on a platter.
"There can never be an appearance
of racism or bigotry in any high position of leadership,'' he declared.
Funny, but that's pretty much
what prominent Italian-Americans were saying about Kerry the morning he
tried to come off as droll on the Don Imus show, quipping: "The
Iraqi army is in such bad shape, even the Italians could kick their butts.''
State auditor Joe DeNucci led
the angry backlash, charging, ``He wouldn't have the guts to say that about
Jews or blacks,'' prompting a Kerry spokeswoman to suggest DeNucci cool
his jets, that the senator was obviously being facetious.
Of course, that's the same thing
his office said following another appearance on the Imus show when, attempting
to belittle Bill Weld's work ethic, Kerry described the former GOP governor
as "a guy who takes more vacations than people on
Is this to suggest our the senator
really has a bias against Italians, or that he looks upon the downtrodden
with contempt? Not at all. It's just to suggest that he, as much as anyone
in public life, ought to understand how a comment made in jest can make
a speaker sound like a jerk.
Lott, by the way, did not seek