My blog-friend Joe Gandelman is worried that John Kerry will run for the presidency again in 2008:
Oh, please, God, don’t let it be true…Don’t make me go through it again (I don’t have the disposable income for the amount of Red Bull required to sit through his speeches)…Oh, please, Lord, I’ll be a good boy, but as a former Political Science major don’t force me to watch a campaign as poorly run like that ever again. DO YOU HEAR ME??!!!
Well, of course he’s running, Joe. Running for the presidency is a vintage for which, once you’ve got a taste for it, no substitute will every really do.
Joe goes on to list Kerry’s problems:
- His campaign was one of the most poorly-run in recent memory — almost as hugely bungled as the campaign of Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis’.
- He started out being charisma-challenged and got better but it was always hard to find people truly enthusiastic about John Kerry: he was more the anti-Bush candidate and if he had won it would have been due to his improved performance at the end of the campaign and for being a viable Bush alternative.
- He showed poor personal judgment in some of his staffing choices and a political Pollyanna streak by seemingly not being prepared to face an effort to discredit his military record when he tried to pitch his military service as an asset.
And every single one of those things was obvious during the primaries. Add one more problem:
- Democrats convinced themselves that he was actually a good candidate.
Not only that: a majority of Democrats voting in primaries actually convinced themselves that he was the best of the available candidates—possibly the only candidate capable of winning. This suggest that either a majority of Democrats who vote in primaries have very poor judgement or that no available Democratic candidate was capable of winning. Either way it’s not good news for the Party.