The talk at a Capitol Hill party was about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose whereabouts at the time were unknown. (Though it later turned out that he'd been in South America with his mistress....another day, another story.)
Trying to be funny, Kerry said "Too bad if a governor had to go missing, it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin."
Yes, John, we know who the governor of Alaska is. First of all, if you have to explain the joke, it's not funny. Secondly, what a tasteless joke for a U.S. Senator to make about another public official.
Since I am not a senator, or any other public official, I feel free to make a parallel "joke," which is this:
"Too bad if a senator from Massachusetts had to get brain cancer, it had to be Ted Kennedy."
UPDATE: I was alerted by my good friend and former Gopher hockey great Brian Zins that Palin had already responded. At the end of this video she says she heard the joke, saw John Kerry on TV and thought, "John, why the long face?" Great line! The lady can take care of herself!