John Kerry announced today that he would not seek the Democrat nomination for President in 2008. In an emotional speech before the Senate, Kerry swore to make up for his vote in favor of the Congressional resolution authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq in 2002.
Gee. On top of being a traitor, a flip-flopper, a poor comedian, and a loser, he's now a crybaby? It's a good thing he lost in 2004 or there's no telling what kind of touchy-feely crap he'd be pulling in the White House.
Either way, it's a bittersweet moment knowing that Kerry won't be running for President in 2008. On the one hand, it's good because he's not that strong a candidate. Not only was he inept in the face of criticism, such as the Swift Boat Vets ads and the image that he is a flip-flopper, but he never really got how to connect with people outside of his party. In 2004, Democrats were all about "We're not Bush." In fact, Kerry even said that as a reason to vote for him. Oooooh, sor-ray. People want to vote for someone, not against someone, and Kerry never really made a solid argument why people should vote for him.
On the other hand, it's bad that Kerry's not running. Why? My John Kerry impression is fairly good, and now I won't get a chance to use it that much now...
Seriously, the bad part about it is that Kerry won't have to give up his Senate seat to run, thus he'll be in the Senate until he's defeated (unlikely in the People's Republic of Massachusetts) or he retires. In either case, he's there, thus depriving Massachusetts a chance to elect some new blood. That may not seem like a problem to some Democrats, but it is. Kerry represents the worst of the modern liberal mindset: that they are entitled to walk the halls of power because of their ideology, not because of their merit. And they will be damned if they give up their power to anyone, let alone to anyone who might share their ideology, but have good ideas that might actually help improve things.
This is one of the things I hate about modern politics. Those who win elections tend to stay in power without considering what their presence actually does for the country. I'm sure Kerry would say that he's serving Massachusetts and the country by serving in the Senate, but let's not overlook the fact that Kerry doesn't often show up for work, but still gets paid like he does. That's not the American way, and it's not the way real Americans make money.
But it's the way John Kerry does (well, that, and marrying rich widows). And it's attitudes like his that have turned America from a shining example to a mockery. Fortunately, we won't have to find out what a Kerry Presidency would be like at least for now.
And unlike Kerry, I won't be shedding a tear over it.