Cross Posted from Article of Faith”
This morning’s NYT has a funereal article about John Kerry’s “re-adjustment” to life as a “presidential also-ran”. Frankly, reading it is like reading an obituary:
“Senator John Kerry keeps to himself around the Capitol. He is always rushing somewhere, head down, disappearing into elevators. A Senate loner for 22 years, Mr. Kerry seems all the more isolated now as he darts past the media hordes around the next set of presidential seekers, colleagues that include Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama.
“Mr. Kerry ratified his status as Dead Candidate Walking in an emotional speech on the Senate floor two weeks ago. “We came close, certainly close enough to be tempted to try again,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to his 2004 campaign.
“His announcement could have been a dignified valedictory moment. But the enigmatic Mr. Kerry is often misunderstood, and several news reports said he had cried when saying he would not run; in fact, he choked up earlier in his speech when talking about an Army captain he had met in Iraq who had been killed.”
[snicker] Notice the Times’ backpedaling there, as they too were one of the mainstream media outlets who reported Kerry as having “cried” about not running again. But I found this piece interesting too:
“As the 2008 presidential campaign takes shape, friends say it has annoyed Mr. Kerry to keep hearing about how formidable his onetime running mate, John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, might be.” Friends say that Mr. Kerry feels betrayed by Mr. Edwards, whom he defeated easily in the 2004 Democratic primaries and faults for being too quick to second-guess their campaign, distance himself from it and embark on his own 2008 effort.”
Hmmm….so I’m guessing a Kerry endorsement of Edwards’ candidacy is right around the corner.
It really is a sad piece, ultimately. The man gave so much to this country and to the Democratic party, and to be shunned like some kind of leper or “pariah or something is just….
I’m telling ya, I’m thinking of going independent.