April 29, 2004


The Torricelli Option: Will Dems dump Kerry? (High Hewitt, April 28, 2004, WorldNetDaily.com)

Don't bother looking up the rules governing nominations. There were rules in Florida, and the Florida Supreme Court tore those up when Gore needed help. There were rules in New Jersey, but when Torricelli flamed, the New Jersey Supreme Court tossed those aside. There were rules in California, and three judges ordered a halt to the recall that only went forward because the luck of an en banc draw brought sanity to the review panel.

No, the rules won't stop Kerry's recall. Only Teddy can, and the weight of the senior senator from Massachusetts shouldn't be underestimated. The Kerry campaign is his last hurrah, and the convention's in Boston, for goodness sake. What kind of a reception would follow a party that tossed Kerry onto the tracks?

Does Daschle care? Does Patty Murray? Barbara Boxer? Any of a half-dozen endangered Dem incumbents in the Senate and a score in the House? So the receiving committee is a littlie frosty and Teddy dumps them from the Christmas card list – they'll still have jobs. [....]

Bill Clinton just announced the publication date of his new memoir: Late June. How unfortunate for Kerry – Bill has to do a book tour for the month running up to the convention, sucking the air right out of an already spent balloon. Sorry, couldn't be avoided. Publisher deadlines and all.

So as Kerry melts away, there – on every television screen in the land – will be Saturday Night Bill, playing his sax, blowing his own horn, saying stuff. All sorts of stuff. Looking incredibly large, opposite the incredibly small Kerry.

Tick, tick, tick. The Torricelli Option. Coming to theaters near you this summer.

Why do we get the feeling that instead of funny straw hats the folks at the Democratic Convention will mostly be wearing black arm-bands?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2004 9:47 AM

At the risk of repeating my self:

It would be a bloody fight and probably wind up in the courts.

The Democrat Party would split into Regular (Kerry), Clinton (Its all about me) and Radical (Nader -- Kucinich) wings.

The election turns into a walk over. The Democrats join the Federalists in the attic. Thr future of the political system in the US is a fission of the Republican Party into a Liberal Party based on the tenents of classical free market liberalism -- low taxes and small government -- and a Conservative Party -- based on the social thought of Orrin Judd.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 29, 2004 10:33 AM

But the press would love it - absolutely love it. The turmoil! The excitement! The ratings! So it just might happen. And Kerry does not have any natural constituency within the party to stop it, once it starts. It is a pipe dream, but it is not impossible.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 29, 2004 11:27 AM

The Torricelli Option, by Robert Ludlum - an unpredictable tale of intrigue, deception, and betrayal in the highest corridors of power.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at April 29, 2004 11:30 AM

Might I recommend Hunter Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72'?

A great time to read it is right now, and you will see some astonishing parallels that would have never struck me reading it, say, two years ago.

This has hints of the Eagleton affair writ large. (Reminder: McGovern's VP pick, Sen. Tom Eagleton, is found to have a history of treatment for mental illness, including electo-shock treatment.)
McGovern "stood by him 1000%", stood by him, stood by him.... and then chucked him over the side when the blast furnace got too hot.

McG never recovered from that, and lost 49 states.

We'll see.

Posted by: Andrew X at April 29, 2004 11:42 AM

Andrew: You may be on to something. . . .

BOSTON (Rooters) -- Senator John F. Kerry (search) today issued a press release announcing that he was withdrawing from the presidential campaign, throwing the Democratic Party (search) into chaos on the eve of its national convention.

There was no official explanation of the reason for the senator's surprise move, but sources close to the Kerry camp hinted that the [haughty, French-looking] Vietnam veteran suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (search) exacerbated by the rough-and-tumble of the presidential campaign.

Prominent Democrats moved quickly to position themselves as Kerry's successor as the party braced for its first truly open convention since 1968. . . .

Posted by: Mike Morley at April 29, 2004 1:31 PM

"The Torricelli Option" by Robert Ludlum

How appropriate that a book about the Kerry campaign be written by a deceased author.

Posted by: MarkD at April 29, 2004 6:55 PM

Never under understimate "the weight of a senior Senator;" especially two ton kennedy. They'll bring him into the convention with a forklift.

Posted by: genecis at April 29, 2004 8:34 PM

If they fill his waterwings with helium, will that lighten the load?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 30, 2004 1:51 AM

Helium? Not that much.

However, all you need to do with Senator Chapaquiddick is fill him with alcohol, wind him up and let him go.

Posted by: Ken at April 30, 2004 5:28 PM