The Republicans have failed to take advantage of Senator Kerry's heartful comment overheard on an open mic that "These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group I've ever seen". He is actually referring to all Republicans either directly or undirectly as William Safire in the NYT
points out. Ordinary Republicans should not forget this slur. The liberal news media twisted the remark into a headlines like this in the Washington Post "Kerry Decries GOP as 'Crooked' and 'Lying'" that emphasize the Kerry's negative aspect of the remark. Instead of gracefully apologizing to people like myself Kerry goes into full macho and declares "I have no intention whatsoever of apologizing for my remarks."