Cross posted from Article of Faith:
As Pamela notes below, the pot shots in the presidential race are going to be coming fast and furious the next year or so.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson joined the fray on Sunday, and he seemed to be taking opportunities to slam former nominee John Kerry at every turn. When Richardson announced on This Week, he made a statement along the lines of “I don’t want to jump on John Kerry, but our next nominee needs to run in all 50 states, including the western states.”
Then last night on Hardball he again made references to ’04, saying if Kerry had won New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada he wouldn’t have needed to win Ohio to win the White House.
Beyond the stilted logic (one could play “and if you substitute this state for that” until the cows come home), it’s interesting that Richardson is taking every chance of his two day old campaign to bash the former nominee.
Buried in the story about Richardson’s entrance into the race is the fact that he “took himself out of the running” as a potential veep candidate with Kerry in ’04. When he made the crack about winning in the west, Chris Mathews should have asked, “So why didn’t you run with him instead of taking yourself out of contention?”
And the media sure seems to be giving Richardson a pass on his major league gaffe from a couple of years ago. Anyone remember when he claimed on his resume, for more than 40 years, that he had been drafted by the Kansas City Athletics as a pitcher? And then made this gem of a comment when caught: “After being notified of the situation and after researching the matter, I came to the conclusion that I was not drafted by the A’s.” LOL…let’s hope that’s not a campaign motto.
Best of luck, Bill. You’re gonna need it.