January 12, 2005


Kerry weighs in on DNC pick, putting down marker for '08 (Hans Nichols, 1/12/05, The Hill)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is vetting the leading candidates to be the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, and asking them to remain neutral in the presidential selection process in 2008. It is the latest indication that Kerry is putting down markers to run again for the party’s presidential nomination in 2008.

His outreach to DNC candidates also marks his return to the fray after Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, that candidate he was backing for chairman, ruled himself out of contention in November. The DNC contest is exposing the presidential ambitions of a number of Democratic politicians. In addition to Kerry, other potential 2008 presidential candidates have also contacted — or been contacted by — the several DNC aspirants, providing an early list of who is sending clear signals within the party that they will run for the Democratic nomination.

Over the past six weeks, Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.), Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y,), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and Kerry have been in touch with former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard, said Webb and Blanchard — the two DNC candidates who agreed to speak on the record on this issue. Those are the same names that several other DNC candidates, or their campaigns, have privately said they contacted.

The question may become whether the consensus moderate pick in '08 can withstand the early losses in IA and NH.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2005 11:17 PM

Judging by their actions and statements as of late, including Teddy's remarks today, Hillary is about as conservative as the Iowa and New Hampshire party hard-liners are going to vote for, unless the big media outlets decide to put a full-court press on for one of the actual moderate Democrats to boost his PR image among the Democratic faithful prior to the start of the primary season.

Posted by: John at January 13, 2005 12:05 AM

A Kerry vs. Hilary primary would be worth the price of admission. The final battle between the Kennedys and the Clintons, no holds barred. Will they do it in a steel cage? Or will it be a Texas Death Match with barbed wire surrounding the ring and the contestants chained together?

If Kerry thought he got savaged by the Swifties he ain't seen nothin' yet. If the Hildebeest thinks that she/it is going to get a free pass against the latest knight from Camelot like she/it did against Lamebrain Lazio in NY, then she/it is really delusional.

Posted by: Bart at January 13, 2005 8:21 AM

Hillary will not have a coronation march in 2008. In fact, if Rosen talks, she may not even run.

But Kerry again?! Can you imagine Howard Dean defending him on cable TV in the fall of 2007? And Kerry won't get a pass from the media on all the unanswered questions (Cambodia, the magic hat from the CIA man, the gun-running, the trips to Paris, the assassination meeting, not to mention his divorce settlement). And his love of tyrants will be addressed as well.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 13, 2005 10:51 AM
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