This was not John Kerry's day. David Freddoso of the NRO notices that John "L." Kerry did not exactly make a firm impression on the NY State electors; and Andrew Sullivan spots a moment of candor from the Daily Kos. Let's get more from Kos:
But what makes me angry was Kerry and his gang's inability to take advantage of the situation. I may regret saying this later, but f*** it -- they should be lined up and shot. There's no reason they should've lost to this joker. "I voted for the $87 billion, then I voted against it." That wasn't nuance. That was idiocy. And with a primary campaign that consisted entirely of "I'm the most electable", Kerry entered the general without a core philosophy or articulated vision for the job.
I could deal with losing to a popular incumbent. But it's tough to deal with the most unpopular incumbent to win reelection.
Of course, there's a silver lining to all of this. A Kerry presidency would've been an unmitigated disaster, with a hostile congress, budget woes, the mess in Iraq, etc. Not a good time to be in charge. Those Supreme Court seats would've been nice (whoever we would've been able to push through a hostile Senate), but we've got an opportunity for long-term gain.
"Lined up and shot"? Oh, man, let's not start another Purple Heart controversy...
MORE: But seriously, folks - Kerry's waffling and straddling were not a bug, they were a feature! The Democratic Party was badly divided on (among other things) the war. Afraid to nominate an honest anti-war candidate (Dean), unwilling to nominate pro-war candidates (Gephardt, Lieberman), they went with Senator Split-The-Difference. And here we are.
And presumably, as a bit of a Fighting Irishman himself, I am sure John L. Kerry is proud to be confused with John L. Sullivan.