November 9, 2004


2008 Run Among Kerry's Options: Associates say he is positioning himself for power, and perhaps one more White House bid. (Peter Wallsten, November 9, 2004, LA Times)

Less than a week after conceding defeat to President Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry is calling key Democratic donors to lay the groundwork for a political organization that would give him a voice in national politics and position him for another White House run in 2008, close associates say.

His friends, contributors and former campaign aides say he was energized by winning almost 56 million votes — more than any other candidate in U.S. history, except for Bush — and intends to wield influence as the titular leader of the Democratic Party.

Kerry confidants said in interviews Monday that key members of the campaign's finance team were planning to remain loyal to the 2004 nominee — even as potential 2008 contenders such as Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and John Edwards of North Carolina begin building support — in case he decides to run.

Those sentiments differ significantly from the attitudes expressed after Democratic losses in 1988 and 2000, when pressure mounted on nominees Michael S. Dukakis and Al Gore to step aside after what many party leaders considered error-plagued campaigns.

"After 1988 and 2000, there was a different sort of tone in the fundraising community," said Robert Farmer, who was campaign treasurer for Dukakis in 1988 and Kerry this year. "They felt they had been let down. I don't get that sense now."

The sad reality of the Democratic Party is they have no other nationally known Catholic who's at least rhetorically pro-life and anti-gay marriage. Of course, his future is tied to the success of al Qaeda and the Ba'athists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 8:57 AM

Weren't they saying Gore was going to run again in '04 just after his "loss"?

The MSM covered for Kerry during the campaign. It is not clear that they will continue to do so now that the election is over. Look at the recent Newsweek article which shows the Kerry campaign as inept and admits that Kerry met with the North Vietnamese. 4 more years of a lackluster Senate career and the MSM pushing for Hillary, not Kerry, and Kerry won't be the nominee again.

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 9:17 AM

Kerry, Edwards, Dean, Kucinich, Sharpton . . . by all means, let them all come back again in four years and try again.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 9, 2004 9:23 AM

The Time and Newsweek revelations this past weekend on the problems within the Kerry campaign, focusing on the senator himself, were just the first shots by the Clinton wing in their efforts to clear the path for the missus in 2008. If Kerry doesn't get the message -- and his arrogance and ego makes this open to question -- his crushing is going to make him a source of pity by late 2007, and this time there isn't going to be a Howard Dean meltdown to pull him back from the abyss.

Posted by: John at November 9, 2004 9:26 AM

He'd win NH.

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2004 9:28 AM

Another point - if articles are to be believed a significant part of the Kerry vote was anti-Bush votes rather than pro-Kerry votes. With Bush not running in '08 will the Dems be able to keep these voters voting for Kerry?

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 9:39 AM

By being anti-Jeb Bush?

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 9, 2004 10:07 AM

"More (votes) than any other candidate in U.S. history, except Bush". That's just priceless.

"John Kerry - who, even though he got the second most votes every won by any U.S. candidate, still lost the election to the man who who got the most votes of any U.S. candidate in history". . . .

There isn't any way you can say it that isn't funny and pathetic.

Posted by: Twn at November 9, 2004 10:08 AM

Kerry is a loser and needs to pay the price for leading his party into defeat.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at November 9, 2004 10:49 AM


Isn't a fair price accepting the next drubbing?

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2004 10:57 AM

I'm with AWW. As the reality begins to dawn on Kerry, that no one wants anything to do with a loser, look for him to grow a beard and start putting on weight.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at November 9, 2004 11:38 AM

Kerry's fundamental problem in a run in 2008 is that he is still John Kerry. What is he going to do against McCain, for example, tell us how he was in Vietnam while McCain was lollygagging for 5 years? (Sarcasm intended)

2008 will be the steel cage match between the Clintons and the Kennedys for all the Democrat marbles. I'll just make myself some popcorn and watch the fireworks.

Posted by: Bart at November 9, 2004 12:04 PM

If Kerry can convince Bob Shrum and the guy with the sneer to stay on, I think we should be worried.

Posted by: Perry at November 9, 2004 12:12 PM

If Kerry wanted to do any work, he could run for Minority Leader. And get like 3 votes.

He is no Stevenson. Carry NH he might, but I don't think (as of now) that he would win another Democratic primary in 2008. Although it would be fun to watch him call HRC 'incompetent' (his favorite perjorative, taking after his mentor, Michael Dukakis).

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 9, 2004 2:54 PM

I'm not sure which is more amusing--the notion that JFK could run for President again considering his only attraction in this year's primaries was his "electability" or the idea that the junior Senator from Mass. will now be a force to be reckoned with in the Senate.

Posted by: brian at November 9, 2004 4:25 PM