Kerry Won't Run in 2008

Sen. John Kerry has decided not to run for President in 2008. Smart move. The field is already over-crowded.

In the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 5 percent of Democrats said Kerry was their top choice for the 2008 nomination, and a little more than half -- 51 percent -- did not want him to be the 2008 nominee.

Kerry trailed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who led the field of Democratic preferences with 34 percent; Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, with 18 percent; his 2004 running mate, former Sen. John Edwards, who got 15 percent; and former Vice President Al Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, with 10 percent.

I'm close to concluding that Hillary will be the nominee. She's going to get the big bucks from contributors. She's got a team that is honed to the 9th degree. And, she has Bill.

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    well, (none / 0) (#1)
    by HeadScratcher on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 05:25:58 PM EST
    Here's to another 4 or 8 years with a bush or clinton in the white house. My entire adult life. Yeah! Out of 300,000,000 people we have settled for two families.

    While I think it'll be great having a woman president, I'm afraid it will make little difference. Notice how chummy Bush 41 and Bill are...makes you think there is more going on that what we know...

    24 years minimum.... (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 08:31:25 PM EST
    too damn long for 2 families and 2 sets of cronies.  

    Hillary is the most beatable.  But she's got the cash is right, and that's what it takes.



    Concluding it's Hillary? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Quaker in a Basement on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 05:37:42 PM EST
    I'd still put this race in the "too close to call" category, wouldn't you?

    I hope so (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jen M on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 05:46:09 PM EST
    I watched her in an interview once and she said somenthing that set off warning bells. She had a very cold attitude twards the everyperson.

    Its the same reason I voted against this Bush - a couple of statements that really rang my inner alarm bells. The bells were right his case.

    I would REALLY have to think twice about this Clinton.


    Hello President Hagel (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 05:51:25 PM EST

    I think (none / 0) (#5)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 06:05:13 PM EST
    I'm close to concluding that Hillary will be the nominee.
    that you're right, and that that is not such a great move for the Dems.

    In the wake of Iraq/Bush, to paraphrase some pundit in the Duke case, I think the country "would elect a ham sandwich" as long as it was a Dem ham sandwich. Trouble is, Hillary ain't no ham sammich.

    Now, if Obama was her running mate...

    I'll go out on a limb (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Edger on Wed Jan 24, 2007 at 09:26:19 PM EST
    She has the money, the connections, the organization, the advisor, she's a woman, and she looks good on TV. The average person isn't nearly as well informed as people in the blogosphere, and won't be. TV needs a well marketed and packaged product to sell, one that looks good. They will sell her to the country.

    She will win the nomination, and the election. She might back a limited strike on Iran's reactors and research installations, but not full out war, if Cheney and friends havent done it by then and wrecked everything. She won't "preemptivley" invade and occupy any country. The PSA's controlling Iraq's oil will all have been signed. Iraq will be a third world country for years to come. The War On Terror, like the War On Drugs, will go on virtually forever. Everything will look like sweetness and light in the media.

    To the average person this will all appear so drastically different from the past six years that she'll look like Carly Simon compared to Dick Cheney. The powers "that influences our political process, tax sytem, economic injustice, media consolidation, military industrial complex, environment, etc." [h/t to Peaches] will remain in control, the country will sleep peacefully with blinders on once again, and get up in the morning and drive to work thinking everything is fine.

    The blogosphere will know and record what happened, and what continues to happen. And nothing very substantial will have changed. And Western civilization will continue to slowly crumble until a probably economic phase change happens, then fall apart rather quickly. Most of us here will be dead of old age by then.

    And I hope I am wrong.


    Sweet (none / 0) (#8)
    by peacrevol on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 10:30:27 AM EST
    That leaves a position open for Al Sharpton. HAHAHA President Al Sharpton. HAHAHA Vote Sharpton/Jackson 2008. HAHAHA

    no but really...That leaves Hillary and Obama, but then again, Kerry has proved that he cant win elections anyway, so it was always more or less those two. We could do worse than Hillary, but we could do better also. Even though I think she might quite possibly be the devil, she might make a good president. I was looking at her stances On The Issues and I'm not understanding why she's viewed as being so leftist. She seems relatively moderate to me. That all being said, how could you not like Sntr Obama? I think the demos have a pretty good chance to take the wh in 08. If not a demo, then who? Rudy Giuliani? eh...

    Hillary (none / 0) (#9)
    by jondee on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 12:22:24 PM EST
    If the Democans run Hillary, that'll just be further proof that it dosnt matter too much to them who wins.

    Class interest trumps ideology, imagination, faith, etc in the cynical atmosphere where those creatures live and breath.

    Power is all that matters. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Edger on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 12:43:23 PM EST
    Principles are just for schoolkids, right?

    Hillary (none / 0) (#11)
    by Slado on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 04:55:20 PM EST
    Do we really think she will win?  Remember in 2002 Howard Dean was the favored democratic nominee and we wound up with Kerry.

    I think Hilliary could self destruct but who knows.

    I don't think she'll win the general election because I think 2 years of a democratic congress will make for a tough crowd and the american people prefer grid lock and will not give the democrats the congress and the White House.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 10:29:57 PM EST
    We need a uniter not a decider...err I meant divider. ;)