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John Kerry's time is coming again (Projectile hurl alert)
The Politico ^ | October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Wilner

Posted on 10/16/2007 5:54:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s a burning question no one is asking: Whither John F. Kerry?

He is his party’s most recent presidential nominee. He came tantalizingly close to winning. And yet no one is looking for him to put his stamp on the 2008 Democratic primary or wondering aloud who he’ll endorse — even though Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile says that in the early-state contests, “most of the voters would be thrilled to know who Kerry would back and why.”

But the lack of an audible clamor for an endorsement by Kerry is more than a bit deceiving, as is the perception that he’s still wandering around in that wilderness to which all losing Democratic nominees are cast. The two top candidates who aren’t married to Elizabeth Edwards are quietly seeking his advice and support. An associate suggests that Kerry may hold off on endorsing until closer to the primaries, but when he does make his choice, that candidate will get access to a 3-million-name e-mail list, possibly the largest in the party.

When a Defense Department official accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of “reinforcing enemy propaganda” after she asked the Pentagon to start preparing for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, the Kerry associate says it was the Clinton team’s idea to have Kerry out front denouncing that accusation.

Kerry’s road back from the ashes of 2004 has been studded with self-inflicted setbacks. Ultimately, it won’t be as triumphant as Gore’s.

But nor will it take as long — and there are growing signs that the events of the post-2004 period have granted Kerry at least the right to say, “I told you so.”

For four years after winning the race but losing the presidency, Gore could do nothing right. He ignored his loyalists, got bloated and sweaty, embraced the unruly anti-war left and threw his support behind their 2004 presidential candidate, who then imploded spectacularly.

Kerry’s vindication is coming quicker, if more quietly. His party already has embraced his position on Iraq. His argument that no military solution exists for the situation there is now the de facto Democratic stance. In June 2006, when Kerry helped force a vote on a phased U.S. troop withdrawal, his colleagues gave him a serious razzing and only 13 votes. Just over one year later, this past July, the same measure got 52.

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden recently sang Kerry’s praises during the Senate floor debate over Biden’s proposed “soft partition” of Iraq: “I wish to tell him how grateful I am for his joining in this amendment ... because an awful lot of people around the world look to my colleague for his insights into what we do about the most critical issue facing American foreign policy today.”

The Bush administration recently achieved a new nuclear pact with North Korea by using the approach Kerry advocated in 2004. The Washington Post noted on Oct. 4, “The agreement was reached after bilateral negotiations between the United States and North Korea, held in parallel with the six-nation talks, just as Kerry had suggested.”

And then there’s Kerry’s long record on the enviro— OK, never mind.

The trick for Kerry is to keep his head down. He is still too-easy fodder for late-night one-liners, the swift-boated flip-flopper with a knack for disconnecting from people.

He may never lose his uncanny ability to make things worse for himself. Not only did he commit the sin in Democrats’ eyes of leaving George W. Bush standing on the field, but he also left $12 million in the bank unspent, subjecting himself to allegations that he didn’t give it his all. (Bush had money left over, too, but as Kerry aide David Wade says, “The bad moments only get remembered if you lose.”)

Then, after a laudable effort to help elect Democratic candidates in 2006 — the kind of effort Gore didn’t undertake after his loss in 2000 — came one botched joke about U.S. troops serving in Iraq. Donations of $14 million and visits to 35 states were instantly obscured a week before Election Day. The blowback was so severe that a few months later, Kerry had to exit the 2008 field before he really entered it.

His recovery has since been gaffe-free. Not coincidentally, his Senate colleagues who hope to trace his steps to the Democratic nomination seem to be recognizing the assets he brings to the table.

Which is the flip side of the swift-boat coin: The tactic may have damaged Kerry’s own chances in 2004, but his support could help inoculate other Democratic candidates against similar efforts to impugn their patriotism in 2008.

He also brings brass to the table — not only his own Vietnam service but also a small army of veteran supporters built during his presidential campaign and his efforts to support veterans who ran for office in 2006.

And Kerry projects something else the Democratic nominee may need, whoever he or she may be: masculinity. Of course, it is an effete, wet-suited masculinity compared to Bush’s frat-boy, towel-snapping version. But it’s a trait that is absent from the top of the Democratic field where, despite Barack Obama’s fondness for pickup basketball, none of the candidates is really known for being a guy.

Kerry’s assets are not inconsiderable given that the current president plans to hand off the Iraq war to his successor and the top Republican candidates seem to be lifting the weak-on-terror charge from the Bush campaign playbook. It seems unlikely that between 2004 and 2008, the need for Democrats to show some trappings of strength will just disappear.

Maybe not worth a Nobel Prize, but certainly worth a little respect.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
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To: All; BIGLOOK

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No Joke.

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JOHN KERRY =

Pictures of a re-education (SLAVE LABOR) Camp

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41 posted on 10/16/2007 10:08:47 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; All




"I'm on your side!"



Caption at will!

42 posted on 10/16/2007 10:24:06 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

“He came tantalizingly close to winning.”

He was closer to losing in a landslide then he was to winning.


43 posted on 10/16/2007 11:48:28 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: BIGLOOK

No. But if Niki Tsongas had lost, it would have proven that Republicans can win in MA. Also, Kerry has high negative ratings.


44 posted on 10/17/2007 6:16:40 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

betcha he don’t salute this time


45 posted on 10/17/2007 6:46:44 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: garyhope

What a bunch of weirdo losers. What a group of dangerous fruitcakes. Can you make these people up?

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I will tell you what you can’t make up, you could never make up a character like BJ Clinton and imagine his being elected as President TWICE! After that I figure most anything can happen.I estimate that less than ten percent of the voting population can give you anything approaching a rough sketch of how this nation came into being, what kind of government we are supposed to have, what the constitution authorizes the government to do, I could go on and on but what is the use.


46 posted on 10/17/2007 1:16:27 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anybody still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Recovering Hermit

Good times. Good times. :)


47 posted on 10/17/2007 1:18:48 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He is his party’s most recent presidential nominee. He came tantalizingly close to winning...'

He got a butt whooping by almost 4 million more votes! That ain't close! That's hog tied and beaten like a red headed stepchild.

48 posted on 10/17/2007 1:23:24 PM PDT by avacado (Republicans Destroyed Democrats' Most Cherished Institution: SLAVERY!)
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To: RipSawyer

Unfortunately you’re right.


49 posted on 10/17/2007 1:42:53 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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