I liked him best among the Democrats in 2004. This time I like him least. Commanding a share-the-wealth campaign from his mansion; hiring, then firing, then un-firing the Blunder Twins after one too many pretty vicious rants and important action alerts wafted up from the sewer; oscillating between talking tough on Iran before Israelis and talking tough on Israel before Hollywood liberals; and now accepting the Kossacks’ ideological purity test by joining their mendacious jihad against Fox News. What a shameless, pandering jackass. His spokesman tells Kos:

We will not be participating in the Fox debate. We’re going to make lots of appearances in Nevada, including debates. By the end of March, we will have attended three presidential forums in Nevada – and there are already at least three proposed Nevada debates. We’re definitely going to debate in Nevada, but we don’t see why this needs to be one of them.

Responds Screw Them, redefining the word “leadership” to describe people willing to kiss his own ass, “Great job by the Edwards campaign on this, showing real leadership on this issue.”

Exit question: Who would have guessed of the Democratic ticket three years ago that Kerry’s the one with the most backbone?

Update: If you think the nutroots hated the DLC before, just wait.

Update: Richardson can’t afford to miss any media exposure, but still, this is sweet.