UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - 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.
I hope that Senator Kerry is joking. Surely he is aware that he lost by more than 60,000 votes in Ohio. According to the US National Archives, Senator Kerry lost Ohio by 118,599 votes:
Was that a slip of the tongue or was this an intentional act of misrepresentation. If he said that he lost by 100,000 votes, that would be close enough, but he cut his loss in half. Then again, since he is giving this 'serious thought' then I suspect that he fully knows (to-the-vote) how much he lost by. That means that this must be the official team number. It is a good strategy for him. First get the word out that you lost by a much smaller margin than you really did. This would then make the 'Bush stole the election' easier to swallow, especially by your supporters who want to believe that their candidate really won.
Kerry has a much bigger problem. It appears that he thinks that he'll be running against President Bush again but that's not going to happen. That means that whoever wins the 2008 Democrat Presidential nomination, they will most likely have to run against a Republican nominee that is surely to be more popular than the 'polarizing' Bush. This brings me to question number one that I would love Kerry's handlers to answer:
Senator Kerry could not beat George Bush in a run for President, how on earth is he going to beat ANY Republican Candidate, who is sure to be much more well-liked than the Universally-hated Bush?
I suspect that the good Senator will be needing a hell of a lot more than 60,000 votes in Ohio. (Not to mention a couple million more in Florida.) But this is all academic, as Kerry will never get the nomination of his own party. If it were up to the Republican's, he would get the nomination in a heartbeat. Thankfully for the Democrats, it's not.
(Now what the hell was he doing asking people at the UN to help him find votes?)
Kerry 'thinking hard' about 2008 run for president - Reuters
Popular Vote Totals - National Archives
John Kerry For President 2008 - Pro Kerry Blog
Cao's Blog - Just when will Kerry release his Military Record?
Kerry ‘Thinking Hard’ About Another Run In 2008 For President - California Conservative
Update: 7 May 2008
Seems that Kerry is talking some more hot air. Instead of dissecting this idiot some more, I ask that you go to Environmental Republican who has already done it.
More Fred Fry 2008 Musings:
Feingold 2008: RIP - 17 March 2006
Kerry 2008 - 29 January 2006
Gore 2008 - Not Happening - 12 October 2005
Biden 2008? - Last Exit Before Toll - 9 October 2005
Obama 2008? Mr. Electability? - 25 July 2005