Kerry not to run.

I must say, I’m surprised by this.

From Boston Globe.com:

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry plans to announce he will not run for president in 2008. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who narrowly lost to George Bush, said he will seek reelection to his Senate seat next year and will recommit himself to removing the United States from the war in Iraq, senior Democratic officials told The Boston Globe. Story

Is this the Hillary effect? Or perhaps the Hillary and Obama effect?

19 comments

  1. David says:

    It’s a combo of both. He’s already a flawed loser. Even before the bad joke he wasn’t gonna run. Hillary and Obama had sucked all of the oxygen out of the room…

  2. jsm says:

    I think Kerry knows 2004 was his silver bullet. Since then, he’s added more negatives to be exploited by an opponent. The only way he ever runs again is the field narrows sharply. The Dems, IMO, are going to pick Edwards or Obama this time around–probably Edwards. I expect him to surge in the coming months.

  3. DMZDave says:

    That’s going to save me the $100 I would have had to send to the Swift Boat Vets, most of whom served three times as long as Kerry and continue to be slimed by the mainstream press for having the audacity to tell the truth about Kerry – the kind of leader who would bail on his troops though physically able to serve. Those Swiftboaters were selfless heroes with combined service that included decades under fire and thousands of medals for valor but despised by the press who still use the term “swiftboating” as a prejorative term. Well thank God for John O’Neil and the Swift Boat Vets. They served their country honorably in Vietnam and again in 2000.

  4. Nicki says:

    Actually, the Swift Boat Vets were bald-faced liars who mostly misconstrued their roles relative to Kerry or misconstrued Kerry’s actions. Their contributions came from top republican donors and they had several inappropriate connections to the Bush campaign. Service aside, their opinions are ALMOST COMPLETELY tainted.

    Regardless, I’m glad Kerry’s chosen not to run. He can’t win, he wasn’t a good candidate regardless, and he’s more valuable in a smaller capacity.

  5. ConservativeCaucus says:

    I do think that it is wise for Kerry not to run. He was not a good candidate in ’04 when President Bush was vulnerable. I think if the Dems had chosen Lieberman, Gephart, possibly even Edwards, we would have a Democrat President right now.

    That being said, I am disappointed to see he is not running.

  6. Rick Day says:

    You folks just don’t understand politics. Look, sit down, quick cackling like toothless old mountain women, and listen:

    Kerry is positioning himself to be the most senior and powerful person in the Senate.

    How?

    First off, think about how many senators are going to be out on the campaign, running? At least two: Clinton and McCain.

    Now, don’t you think he sees an opportunity? Perhaps to consolidate power because of the favor he will have to a ‘grateful’ Clinton, McCain or other winner for not throwing yet another major campaign at them?

    Think of this election as a cross-country road race. Who has got the Democratic campaign ‘machines’ in the barn? The Clintons have one they have kept running pretty smooth since 1990 and its ready to roll. Gore, but his is rusty. That only leaves Kerry. Everyone else still has to design, build test and implement his or her campaign motors.

    If Kerry helps Clinton by not running and she taps him as her ‘go-to’ guy on what would probably be a Democratic machine at all three branches of government (shudder), Kerry gains great power. He becomes the next Robert Byrd, and lives out his political career as Respected Senior Member of the Senate.

    I can think of worse things to be remembered for in history.

    Yeah yeah…the man was really stupid for botching that joke.

    Right. he sure is stupid, that Senator John Kerry.

    /cough

  7. Chazz Reinhold says:

    Kerry will not run because he would have to give up his Senate seat to run. Democratic Senators only run for Prez when they have the safety net of falling back on their Senate seat if they lose. Both Hillary and Obama have such a fallback. Kerry does not.

  8. DMZDave says:

    The Swift Boat Vets were not liars and they got a whole lot of the money that funded them from other vets like me. All of them – ALL – spent more time in Vietnman than John Kerry, a full tour is 12 months or 3 times as long as Kerry. John Kerry didn’t have a single debilitating injury, not one day in the hospital yet he submitted an administrative request and left his crew with a new, inexperienced officer and went home because he could. The military system simply does not contemplate self-serving, self-promoting politicians in the officer corps like Kerry and he took advantage for his own benefit. During WWII, it was common to post MPs outside military hospitals to keep soldiers from going AWOL before they were fully recovered to rejoin their units and their comrades. The Swift Boat Vets were, for the most part, outraged by his Kerry’s self serving attitude and the many lies he had told and stood up to say so. It was one thing to let him go home early and put himself in for awards he didn’t deserve, it was an entirely different matter to watch him salute and say he was “reporting for duty” to run for president.

    I recall vividly the debate in the 70s between John Kerry and John O’Neil on the Dick Cavett show. John Kerry said everyone who served in Vietnam including him were war criminals. Apparently he was at least right about aspects of his own service. When I first heard John Kerry was considering running for President, I told a friend on John McCain’s staff that Kerry would soon find that there was a guy out there named John O’Neil who was waiting to get even. He did. John O’Neil was no liar, it’s just that honorable men who stand for something important and risk it all and come forward to tell the truth are so rare anymore, we don’t recognize them for what they are and assign base motives. Again, thank God for John O’Neil and the Swift Boat Vets. Now John Kerry can remain in the Senate and provide the people of Massachusetts the quality of representation they deserve. Folks like Nikki can take shots at them. They’ve been spit on before and I like the fact they’re spitting back.

  9. David says:

    “Kerry is positioning himself to be the most senior and powerful person in the Senate.”

    Really?

    Rick, even a toothless old mountain woman understands politics enough to know that even if Byrd leaves office Kerry is nowhere near the senior member of senate democrats. Hell, he’s not even the senior senator of his own STATE. LOL! The next Robert Byrd? Kennedy, Biden, Dodd and many others might have something to say about that!

  10. Nicki says:

    Visit wikipedia, Dave. That’s all I have to say.

    And I’m sorry your money went to such a base, worthless cause.

    Also, your “spit” comment was over the line.

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