Sen. John Kerry has decided not to run for the Presidency in 2008 — a smart move on his part. Bush was a vulnerable candidate in 2004, but Kerry was the absolute wrong person for the Democrats to have picked. Kerry lost the security vote with his “global test” rhetoric and his Boston brahmin demeanor alienated others. Bush’s win was less a testament to his strength and more a testament to the weakness of the Democrats in that cycle — just look what happened when the Democrats got organized and the GOP faithful stayed home.
Kerry just isn’t the sort of person who can reach out to the American people in a nationwide election — he’s far better off playing the role of elder statesman within the Democratic party — which seems to be what he’s now trying to do.