January 19, 2005


Kerry: Join My Campaign: Nine weeks after his defeat, the Massachusetts senator is up and running. (Byron York, 1/19/05, National Review)

Former Democratic candidate John Kerry has sent out what might be seen as the first political appeal of a possible 2008 presidential campaign.

In an e-mail addressed to supporters nationwide, Kerry asks that his campaign workers and volunteers reunite in a drive to force President Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. [...]

Kerry also casts his lot with those who have questioned the results of the 2004 presidential vote. "Johnkerry.com is fighting for a national standard for federal elections that has both transparency and accountability in our voting system," he says. "It's unacceptable in the United States that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process. I ask you to join me in this cause — and in working to make our voices heard on the most critical issues of 2005."

The site, including the anti-Rumsfeld campaign, was paid for by Friends of John Kerry, Inc., a committee established by Kerry about six weeks ago. Ostensibly dedicated to Kerry's 2008 reelection race to his Senate seat from Massachusetts, the site is in fact a continuation of Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign site — it still includes information about running mate John Edwards — focusing entirely on national issues. Kerry has also established a separate political-action committee to help finance a presidential-style campaign against the Bush administration.

As if Republicans shouldn't already bow down in thanks at the prospect of Howard Dean running the DNC, the emergence of John Kerry as the voice of Democrats in the Senate is more than even a loving God should grant any political party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2005 11:53 PM

Once again: Don't the Democrats realize what everybody else knows? That the day when people have to show a picture ID to vote is the day that the Democrats will never win another election.

Posted by: ray at January 20, 2005 12:29 AM

I was in my car listening to Larry Elder's show on Wednesday night, and he kept playing back a mumble, apparently made by Kerry and caught by a microphone during the Condi Rice roll call vote, in which he opines disgustedly, "this is tedious" -- a phrase which I believe sums up his feelings in general about most of the activities of the Senate that don't involve standing right in front of a camera and microphone with your own prepared script.

Although the media can quote who it wants between now and the nect presidential election, it's hard to see several Senate Democrats putting up with Kerry's showboating in an effort to claim the 2008 nomination, especially if he remains unwilling to do any of the heavy lifting on their major issues when the camera lights are off.

Posted by: John at January 20, 2005 12:45 AM

I thought it was delay the confirmation.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 20, 2005 1:00 AM

For a small moment in time immediately following the election my respect for Kerry increased due to his concession and not pursuing a recount in Ohio. It seems he has squandered this moment with some of his recent pronouncements, his DDT '05(Dictators and Despots Tour), and now his behavior during the Rice confirmation.

Posted by: MB at January 20, 2005 8:12 AM

With whitesheet Byrd holding things up, the Democrats appear to be trying new levels of insanity every day.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 20, 2005 12:09 PM

You have to admit that a head on collision between Kerry and Hillary will be fun to watch. But the morning line on Kerry has to be 6 to 1 against.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 20, 2005 11:16 PM