Assuming a Democrat is elected in ’08 to the White House, I’d like to put my nomination forward for Secretary of State: John F. Kerry. He’s the definition of “statesman” and “diplomat”. And it would be refreshing to have someone who actually knows a thing about foriegn policy at State for a change. Come to think of it, it would be nice to have someone who knew the law at Justice as well.
My more personal take/hissy fit on Kerry’s announcement is up at AoF, but I’m surprised by the number of emails I’ve already received expressing “condolences” and wondering whether AoF and the Dem Daily will continue.
Of course we will, as Pamela reiterated already. For me, my support of Kerry’s vision of the country was an “article of faith”, a phrase he used to describe many of his positions in the campaign of ’04. Why on earth would we go away and abandon what we’ve worked for in the past two years?
The Senator may not be running for president, but he’s running for re-election, and it sounds like he’s going to be a leading voice in “organizing opposition to the war in Iraq.” And none of this changes the fact that he’s the most qualified person in the country to be president. How could we abandon him and his work now?
And on a personal note, the friends I’ve made here are irreplaceable. Pamela is a thoughtful, brilliant and driven blogger who almost single-handedly kept JK’s mission on the map during the “dark days” following the election ’04. Her work with Ron and Sandy at Light Up the Darkness and then here at Dem Daily kept many of us going, and inspired me to start my own blog. Her invitation to post here has been a huge honor, and one I hope is still extended in the future.
This is another “dark day”, one that feels strangely like November 3, 2004. But as Pamela has already said, our work goes on. These are our articles of faith.
UPDATE: John’s Message is up on his blog.