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Posted by on Jan 25, 2007 in Politics | 9 comments

Thoughts on John Kerry

(Shaun has already posted his thoughts on Kerry. Here are mine.) 

John Kerry has announced that he will not run for president in ’08. The Boston Globe has the story here.

There isn’t much I can add to what’s already been written — see Memeorandum here for reaction from around the blogosphere. All I wish to say is that I admire and respect Senator Kerry a great deal. He’s a good and honourable man. I came to support him enthusiastically in ’04, and I believe he would have made (and would still make) an outstanding president. He may not have run a great campaign, and he may not have been the most effective candidate, and he may not be the most inspirational of public figures, but he did extremely well against an incumbent (war) president who was relentlessly beating the drum of the terrorist threat at time when 9/11 was still fresh in voters’ minds and the Iraq War wasn’t the all-out disaster it has since become.

But it is probably for the best — for him and for us — that he’s decided to run for re-election to the Senate rather than to test the uncertain presidential waters for a second consecutive time. Basically, he stood no chance of winning the nomination, not with Edwards, Obama, and Clinton running, not with the memories of ’04 still fresh, not with Democrats looking for a new leader to take back the White House. Once upon a time, back in Adlai Stevenson’s day, it may have been possible to rise to the occasion twice, to win the nomination a second time after losing the election after the first time, but that is no longer the case. No one likes a loser. And, whatever else we have to say about him, Kerry lost.

Kerry’s time on the presidential stage, then, has likely come and gone. In the Senate, though, where he is likely to remain, he still has the opportunity to do so much more.

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  • Kerry was pretty much finished after his botched joke that implied our soldiers are idiots. He would only have contributed amiguity to Americans’ perceptions of the Democratic party.

  • shaun

    Michael:

    Allow me to temper the off-the-cuff remarks in the post I put up immediately after the announcement.

    John Kerry exemplifies the best in public service. The tears that he shed at his announcement were real and not just for the cameras.

    He has proved to be enormously valuable to his nation and his state as a legislator with substantial experience who can put a human face on things and does not succumb to the flavor of the day. We are all the better that he will continue in that role.

  • CStanley

    shaun,
    What specific accomplishments of Kerry’s Senate service do you admire? I’m just curious, not trying to be snarky.

  • Jim B

    I’d really like to have an unspoken “man-law” of sort that says “You run once, if you lose, yer done, you can’t run again.”

    I’m still concerned Gore will run again, and all people will remember about him is the personality of a cardboard box. The next President needs to be a real leader, he/she doesn’t have to be perfect at everything, but they need to unite the country to move in the positive direction, whatever that may be.

  • CStanley:

    Taking unpopular stands, for starters:

    Staring down Richard Nixon when he helped organized Vietnam Veterans Against the War and not shrinking from that role when he came under attack for it in 2004 by the junkyard dogs of the right wing.

    Staring down Ronald Reagan over the Iran-Contra cover-up, notably the laundering of CIA drug money.

    Staring down George H.W. Bush over the same thing.

    Trying
    to stare down George W. Bush over Iraq.

  • BeYourGuest

    Kerry isn’t graceful, but I think he’s a responsible guy. And in withdrawing from the Presidential race two years out, he’s done the responsible thing.

    So thank you, Senator Kerry!

    In 2004 we could have elected the responsible guy, or we sould have elected the guy with the great personality who you’s like to have a beer with.

    Drink up.

  • BeYourGuest

    Oh my.

    I do regret my typos in the previous comment.

    Sorry.

  • “Unfettered capitalism leads to the conditions like we saw during the time of the Robber Barons, and it’s slowly heading that way again.”

    Damn, CS, can’t you google that for yourself? Just a hint: It was an investigation and it’s topic started with “Ira” and ended with “ontra”…
    😛

  • Oops, copy and paste went wrong. Of course, this was the question I was reponding too:
    “What specific accomplishments of Kerry’s Senate service do you admire?”

    Damn, Im too tired for commenting today…

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