For some reason, the John Lennon song “Watching the Wheels” jumped into my brain when I saw the title of this latest “political graveyard” blurb, Kerry Watches Presidential Parade Go By:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dashed White House ambitions, John Kerry has learned, can be humbling. Kerry insists it hasn’t bothered him to watch from the sidelines as current and former colleagues — including his 2004 running mate, John Edwards — gallop past in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination that was his four years ago.
”Life goes on and people get too fixated on those kinds of things,” Kerry, 63, told The Associated Press in an interview. ”I feel young enough that there’s a lot of future ahead. I don’t know what will happen. I haven’t said no to (running for president) forever, but it’s the right thing for now.”
The article continues to recycle the myth regarding last year’s “botched joke” incident: “Kerry hardly missed a beat after his 2004 loss to Bush, hoping to use his Senate seat as a springboard for another run. That plan fizzled with a botched Iraq joke during the close of the elections last fall. For many Democrats, his words revived bitter memories of his missteps in 2004, when he fell just 118,601 votes shy in Ohio of capturing the White House.”
But it does cite some other interesting speculation: “There’s speculation that Kerry, who will run for a fifth Senate term next year, could be tapped for a Cabinet post if a Democrat captures the White House.”
I’ve always said Secretary of State Kerry would be nice. We’ll see.
Cross posted from AoF