Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
“Senator John F. Kerry’s election-eve “botched joke” about the war in Iraq — and the fierce denunciations his comments drew from fellow Democrats — has led him to reevaluate whether to mount a run for the presidency in 2008 and has led him to delay an announcement about his decision, according to Kerry associates.
“The Massachusetts Democrat is now leaning toward waiting until late spring before declaring his intentions, even as other candidates jump into the race and begin building organizing and fund-raising teams in early-primary states. Before the joke derailed his comeback, Kerry had signaled that he would decide whether to run by the end of January.
“Kerry — who had methodically resurrected his political standing after a tough loss to President Bush in 2004 — was stunned by the swift, angry reaction to his Oct. 30 statement that underachieving students would end up “stuck in Iraq.” Aides and friends say the senator was particularly stung by the fact that so many Democrats had joined Republicans in rebuking him.”
As we’ve all been writing in the month since this happened, the most stunning aspect of the whole over-reaction was that of fellow-Dems like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and others who jumped at the chance to “distance themselves” from Kerry and his comments. All over an “incident” which was nothing more than a missing pronoun.
Losers. How funny will it be if the 2004 nominee ends up running an “outsiders” insurgency campaign for the nomination in ’08? “I’m John Kerry and I’m not a neophyte, nor am I a mealy-mouthed triangulator who will say anything to get elected. I’m a guy who stands for what he believes, missing pronouns and all.”
Either way, it looks like we have several more months of speculation to endure about another run.