Kerry's box-cutter compliment
As for Kerry's "Mary Cheney is a lesbian" debacle, one of the reasons his velvet swill has exploded back on him might be the yuck factor. To be sure, Kerry tried to pretty up his box-cutter compliment with a satin bow.
But our ears can detect odor as well as sound in some cases. This was one of those instances. Kerry's ofal just didn't pass the smell test.
So we rejected the sound of Kerry's oratory because the odor lingers. Will this damage his chances of being elected? Let me answer that question in this manner: in a way, Kerry has bad breath, which is not a winning trait in a would-be leader.