Hat-tip to Pam: Kerry’s making noises about running in 2008. His exact line is, “I’m prepared to kick [the Swift Boat Vets’] ass from one end of America to the other.”
[Link] Kerry says the only reason he didn’t compete in more states in 2004 was that he ran out of money. He says this was also the reason he did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry’s service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war.
“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.”
In case you consider taking Kerry’s apology seriously, note that Bush barely outspent Kerry, spending $345 million to Kerry’s $310. If Kerry didn’t have the money, it’s his fault for spending it the wrong way. In fact, given that he never really articulated a foreign policy or came off as honest enough to promise sane domestic policies, his entire defeat was his fault for running a bad campaign. And since nobody can suddenly gain credibility in 4 years, it’s safe to say he’ll still be in no position to campaign on immigration or the minimum wage or health care, let alone Iraq or terrorism.
Worse, Kerry’s inner circle is convinced that he’s going to try running again in 2008. Kerry himself says he’s undecided, which is bad enough, but he also says, “The Washington thing was the same the last time. The conventional wisdom consistently proves itself wrong. If I decide to run, it will be because I believe I can win.”
Pam asks which will be worse – a Kerry candidacy, or a Hillary candidacy. While Hillary Clinton is as electable as a brick, she doesn’t have the unique experience of having lost all credibility. She showed no spine on Iraq and should really be a moderate Republican, but she’s managed to dodge accusations of flip-flopping better, and is overall a smarter politician. After the election they’d be equally lousy in case Hell froze over and they won, but before, HRC’s chance of winning is slightly less negligible than Kerry’s.
In all seriousness, it’s a travesty either is even mentioned as a real candidate. Given even a fraction of Hillary’s war chest, Feingold is a lot more electable, and unlike most Democrats, he’s a real liberal. Even Gore, who unlike most liberal bloggers I think will make a pretty bad nominee, will be light-years ahead of Kerry.