Unelectable “Electable” 2004 Candidate to Endorse “Unelectable” 2008 Candidate
That would seem to be the gist of the news that John Kerry, whose sole apparent qualification for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination was his “electability,” will endorse Barack Obama today, the latter of whom currently faces the “electable” Hillary Clinton as his major opponent. Presumably the Kerry message is that Obama is the more electable candidate, because Kerry was the most electable candidate in 2004, even though he lost by a wider margin than Al Gore did in 2000. The endorsement is expected to come in Charleston, South Carolina, begging the question of who exactly is likely to be swayed by the endorsement in a state John Edwards won handily in 2004, which repudiated the Kerry-Edwards ticket 58-40 in the general election, and which has a Democratic primary electorate that one would think has nothing in common with the patrician New England constituency Kerry represents.
Don’t think about this one too hard, or your head will pop right off your shoulders.