LATEST JOHN KERRY RUMOR….Sheesh, sleep in for a couple of hours and suddenly John Kerry is at the center of a media frenzy too ? assuming you count Drudge as a one-man media frenzy, of course. However, Drudge claims the media frenzy is just below the surface:

Intrigue surrounds a woman who recently fled the country, reportedly at the prodding of Kerry, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

….A serious investigation of the woman and the nature of her relationship with Sen. John Kerry has been underway at TIME magazine, ABC NEWS, the WASHINGTON POST, THE HILL and the ASSOCIATED PRESS, where the woman in question once worked.

Go to it, guys. It’s hard to believe Kerry would do this since he’s been running for president pretty much nonstop ever since 1971, but I guess you never know.

If it does turn out to be true, no one will be even slightly surprised if Chris Lehane is the guy behind it. However, if it turns that Wes Clark was peddling the rumor I’ll be pretty disappointed in him.

POSTSCRIPT: Where’s the mighty press corps on this? It’s been three hours since Drudge posted his little bomb and so far there’s not even an official denial. What’s going on?