The Fix is reporting that John Kerry is planning to run for the White House again in 2008. Apparently the term “glutton for punishment” isn’t one that’s known around the Kerry household.
2008 will definitely be an interesting year. The GOP has two “superstar” candidates who have a very strong chance of running: John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. Both have trouble with the GOP base, but would clean any Democrat in the general election, and both could assuage evangelical concerns enough to make it through the primary season. If the House and/or Senate falls to the Democrats this year, their chances are likely to increase.
On the Democratic side, the slate is extremely weak. You have Hillary Clinton, who is loved by many Democrats but hated by the far left and non-Democrats. You have losers Al Gore and John Kerry who both lost elections that they probably should have won. You have Mark Warner, who appears promising but doesn’t exactly set voters heart’s afire. You have also-rans like Wesley Clark, Tom Vilsack, and others. Barack Obama is too inexperienced and has the detriment of being a Senator. Tom Daschle — well, don’t make me laugh.
Two years is a long time in politics, but the Democrats are going to have a problem coming up with a decent candidate. In fact, if the Democrats win in 2006 it’s going to make 2008 harder as the radical left will take it as vindication, and become even more influential in a party that’s already well outside the American mainstream. The Republicans are weak this year, but if they shape up by 2008 it could be an electoral rout.