John Kerry Strongly Considering 2008 Run

John Kerry is “thinking hard” about taking another shot at the presidency in 2008.

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said on Thursday he was seriously thinking about another White House bid in 2008 and will decide before the year is out. “I will make that decision toward the end of the year, but I’m thinking about it hard,” Kerry said in response to a question at the Latin Economic Forum at the United Nations. “If you can get help me find 60,000 votes in Ohio …,” he joked, referring to the close race in that state on which his 2004 loss to President Bush hinged.

Kerry’s a formidable candidate but has virtually no shot at the 2008 nomination. Not only is Hillary Clinton going to get most of the money, support, and organizational help from the Democratic establishment but the modern era has no tolerance for losers. Once upon a time, parties ran candidates over and over (think William Jennings Bryant). Richard Nixon got a second shot in 1968 after losing a narrow and controversial race to John Kennedy in 1960. Nowadays, though, candidates who lose are considered damaged goods and enjoy the scorn of their party.

Further, Kerry did not endear himself to his partisans by finishing the race with money in the bank.

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  1. Good, I hope he does run again, he lost once and will lose again.

  2. legion says:

    As a lefty, I say not just no, but _hell_ no. Regardless of what you think of his Senate record, Kerry has clearly shown that he can’t make it in the Big Leagues. I, and a lot of other rank-and-file dem voters, will never forgive him for screwing up what could have been an easy win last fall.

  3. ICallMasICM says:

    ‘John Kerry is â??thinking hardâ??’

    As if you’d ever see those phrases in the same sentence.

  4. StryderBill says:

    My favorite ticket choice would be Gore/Kerry. But I’ve already been told how stupid I am for feeling-thinking-believing it.

  5. RA says:

    Kerry ran as a conservative talking out of both sides of his mouth. Hillary will try the same. There is no easy victory once their liberalism is uncovered. People don’t like these cut and run socialists.

  6. McGehee says:

    Kerry�s a formidable candidate…

    ‘Scuse me? When was the last time he defeated a strong opponent? Indeed, as Legion points out, many think he was defeated by a weak opponent in 2004.

    “Formidable candidate.”


  7. James Joyner says:

    He did beat Bill Weld, a popular former governor, for re-election. And came within a few thousand votes in Ohio of the presidency in 2004.

    But it’s true that Bush is a pretty weak campaigner.

  8. floyd says:

    everywhere you look; the democrats are working hard to once again put a republican in the white house. hint to democrats, YOU HAVE TO PUT UP A CANDIDATE IF YOU WANT TO WIN!! BLAME ONLY YOURSELVES FOR WHAT WE HAVE NOW.