Watching Kerry strike out was especially heartbreaking given that Stewart was pitching not just softballs but marshmallows. Puffy interview marshmallows with rainbow sprinkles on them, and Kerry was letting them sail by as if he planned to get to first base on a walk. That may be how he hopes to win the presidency as well ... [slate]
I thought that it was an o.k. appearance, but it was kind of sad. Jon Stewart obviously thinks that the Swift Boat attacks and Republican talking points ("out of the mainstream," "most liberal senators") are ridiculous and tried to give Kerry chance after chance to be funny or take on the charges directly. Instead, he responded with Kerryisms and fragments of his stump speeches. Kerry didn't seem to understand that coming across as having a sense of humor requires a little more than a willingness to chuckle along with jokes. Even Al Gore knew to hire a comedy writer when he went on Letterman in 2000.
see also: "Candidate Kerry on the Daily Show", transcript [wonkette]