We’re seeing a surprising burst of love for the lefty lizard in the comments to the Headlines item on this. Was KP ahead of the curve in anticipating a backlash to the reject/denounce two-step that’s defined the last month or so of presidential campaigning? Is “damn right I meant it” the new hallmark of admirable buck-stops-here character? I kind of wish Obama had taken this approach in his Wright speech, extending a middle finger and then letting his media sycophants spin the hell out of it for him. “‘The bird’ — obscene gesture or eloquent expression of speaking truth to power?” wonders Chris Matthews on Hardball.

James Carville, a political adviser to the Clintons, said this afternoon that he stood by his comment last Friday – Good Friday, to Christians – comparing Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico to Judas, even though a Clinton campaign aide said today that, if he were Mr. Carville, he would apologize for the remark.

“I was quoted accurately and in context, and I was glad to give the quote and I was glad I gave it,” Mr. Carville said. “I’m not apologizing, I’m not resigning, I’m not doing anything.”

Exit question: If Richardson is Judas then Hillary is Jesus, which means she’s basically required to forgive Carville, isn’t she? Unless he’s not sorry — which he isn’t. So why hasn’t she canned him? Does he get a special exemption because he nests in her pericardial sac?

Update: Comments imported!