Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Late Christmas Present

Seems John Forbes Kerry is eyeing another run in '08:
He never quite came out and said it, but Kerry sounded very much like a man who was running for president again. He has a mailing list with 2.9 million names and an organization in every state. His moneymen have not backed away. By and large, Kerry has not been blamed for the defeat, at least not the way former vice president Al Gore was after the 2000 election. Some of Kerry's followers are already plotting how Kerry can defeat Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses in 2008. The conventional wisdom, already congealing before Bush's second Inaugural, pictures Kerry and Clinton as the early Democratic front runners.
Oh, please-please-pretty-please.

The theory, I guess, is that Kerry faced an uphill battle against a popular incumbent during wartime, and that an attempt on an open seat in four years would be easier on the Senator. Except, Bush was only "popular" in retrospect, because he won. He may look popular now, but on November 1 he could just as easily have been described as a widely despised incumbent presiding over a weak economy and a situation in Iraq that teeters on the edge of the abyss. Am I the only one who remembers Kerry Haters for Kerry? Does anybody really think Kerry's big problem was the runaway locomotive that was Dubya's popularity?

Kerry, of course, has no shot. But Republicans could do worse than to get a rematch against the Brahmin Bruiser. Plus his presence increases the odds of a Hillary nomination, since the two of them would use up all the air and prevent an actually electable alternative to either from emerging. And the GOP could do a lot worse than a showdown with the Most Hated Woman in America.

That said, I like the proposal to increase the size of the military by 40,000 soldiers (it's on page 2). Let's hope it passes.