Sen. John Kerry has chosen not to run for President in 2008.
This came as somewhat of a surprise to me. It appeared as if he was giving all the signs that he would run- a large number of T.V. appearances, numerous interviews (more than a Senator would normally give), and indicating that he was leaning towards running each time he was asked by a reporter.
I think Kerry could have been a major force in the Democratic Primary, and could have come out near the top of the heap, despite sagging poll numbers. He had the same sagging poll numbers in 2003, but pulled his way to the top once the debates began.
The absense of John Kerry changes the whole landscape on the Democratic side in my opinion. Unfortunately, this may help pave the way for the disaster of Hillary Clinton to take place. Watching all of this unfold is like watching a giant train wreck take shape, knowing that the train is going to crash, while being helpless to do anything about it.
Kerry would have offset Clinton. That leaves fewer serious candidates to take on the novelty candidates, Clinton and Obama, neither of which will be able to defeat a Republican in the General election.
With Kerry bowing out, it looks as if the Democratic Party is one step closer to fumbling the ball.....again. How many times have we seen the Democrats do that?
The other Democratic candidates will have a hard time filling Kerry's big shoes, so it's just a force in the campaign that will be lost IMO.
I will be commenting soon on the Bush State of the Empire Speech from Tuesday. I am extremely busy at the moment....