The Boston Botcher
Having watched that clip of Kerry's insult several times, we keep coming to the same conclusion. Someone else must have noticed this, so we may not be the first to draw attention to it.
Kerry says he botched the joke. But play the actual clip.
Notice that he actually looked down and read the line just as he was delivering it.
There was even a little hesitation there as he located it, read it, and looked up only to deliver the last phrase, "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Hey, maybe Kerry's explanation should have been that somebody botched the typing!
After all, one of the definitions of the verb (vt) "botch" is,
"to foul up hopelessly."The other is,
"to put together in a makeshift way."
*Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Ed.