John Kerry, responding to his critics:

Sen. John Kerry on Monday lambasted as “pathetic” scaremongering, Republican criticism of his comments during last Thursday’s debate in which he said the president’s decision to go to war should pass a “global test” of legitimacy.

Asked during a town hall meeting in Hampton to explain what he meant, the Massachusetts senator said, “It’s almost sad; it’s certainly pathetic, because all they can do is grab a little phrase and try to play a game and scare Americans.”

That’s right – asking for clarification is “sad” and “pathetic.” Somenbody ought to tell Kerry it’s too soon to start acting like an invulnerable frontrunner.