Monday, January 03, 2005

It's never too early...

One of the things I've found fascinating about the aftermath of the election is the continuing high profile of John Kerry. Kerry's in an almost unprecedented position in modern politics: A nominee who came very close to defeating an incumbent President and still holds office in Washington, D.C., which helps keep him in the national spotlight. So it's no surprise to read that he's thinking about another run for President in 2008. Part of his strategy has to include looking and acting like the leader of his party, and he's in a good position to do that, as long as the rest of the party goes along with it. I'm not sure it will work for him, and even if it does, I'm not sure he can win a national election, thanks to the disgusting smear campaign that was run against him, but you can't really blame a guy for trying.

This puts John Edwards in a tough spot, of course; how do you run against someone you ran with? I can't see him willing to risk a run against Elizabeth Dole in 2006 for the other North Carolina Senate seat, even if the political winds are blowing favorably, because a loss would knock him permanently out of contention for 2008 and a win would keep him from devoting full time to another run. But I also can't really see Kerry picking the same guy to be his running mate in 2008 should he manage to pull off a second nomination. I'm sure he'd have a place in a Kerry administration, but who the hell wants to be the Dick Schweiker of the 21st Century?

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