Gulf of Kerry

Proving that he still hasn't lost his political tin ear, John Kerry can't catch up to his own Yacht story.

Senator John Kerry said today he will voluntarily cut a check to the state of Massachusetts for some $500,000 in sales tax for a yacht he purchased in Rhode Island earlier this year.

"We’ve reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and made clear that, whether owed or not, we intend to pay the equivalent taxes as if the boat’s home-port were currently in Massachusetts," Kerry said in a statement released this afternoon. "That payment is being made promptly."

Kerry has been dogged by questions in recent days by questions about whether he purposely tried to evade taxes in his home state by listing the $7 million yacht's home berth as Newport, R.I., when he actually intended to use the boat at his summer home on Nantucket. His yacht purchase was first reported in the Boston Herald.

It shoudn't have been so complicated - a decent human being never would have sought the tax dodge, and then, when busted last Saturday, he should have cut the check right away. The belated nature of this decision is now just an attempt to bury the story with a Top Kill after days of ugly goo spewing into the Gulf of Kerry.