blogenlust
11.09.2004

Kerry in 2008?


Maybe this is a good idea, but right now, a week after such a devastating loss, it sounds really bad to me:
WASHINGTON — Less than a week after conceding defeat to President Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry is calling key Democratic donors to lay the groundwork for a political organization that would give him a voice in national politics and position him for another White House run in 2008, close associates say. His friends, contributors and former campaign aides say he was energized by winning almost 56 million votes — more than any other candidate in U.S. history, except for Bush — and intends to wield influence as the titular leader of the Democratic Party. Kerry confidants said in interviews Monday that key members of the campaign's finance team were planning to remain loyal to the 2004 nominee — even as potential 2008 contenders such as Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and John Edwards of North Carolina begin building support — in case he decides to run.
Obviously, I think Kerry should have been the next President. Unfortunately, while he did garner 56 million votes, Bush still got 59 million. We can argue about why that happened until we are blue in the face, but at the end of the day Kerry still lost by 3 million votes. (sigh) To George W. Bush. Frankly, I think our next candidate has to start from scratch, and I'm not sure that all of the attacks on Kerry will have been forgotten by then. After all, he'll still be the liberal, wind-surfing senator from Taxachusetts that speaks French. However unfair or trivial those criticisms may be, they clearly stuck in the minds of enough people to decide the election. Therefore, Kerry should join Hillary on the list of those who should not run for President in 2008. I have yet to decide whether Howard Dean should join that list. I really liked Dean. Unfortunately, he was branded as a crazy liberal extremist, which was not really fair. He was against the Iraq war, and he was right. He is fiscally conservative and socially liberal and has governed with an open-mind. Those are the qualities I want in my President. Unfortunately, while I feel he should have broad appeal, I'm not sure he will. Of course, that could change in a year, but right now I'd rather see Dean as the DNC Chairman, where I think he can have the most immediate and long-term benefits for the Party.