Mark Halperin predicts: If Hillary doesn’t run for president, John Kerry will

posted at 4:21 pm on December 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis and Mediaite. Masterful trolling, just because it implicitly poses the one question more than any other that the Clintons don’t want people asking: What is it that makes Hillary so great? The starkest illustration of that point, at least for the moment, is comparing her to her successor at State. In less than a year on the job, he stumbled his way into a deal to disarm Assad of his chemical weapons and just polished off a second one that would, if it holds, limit the extent of Iranian enrichment for six months. In four years on the job, Hillary … traveled a lot, and presided over the Department when the Benghazi consulate was overrun. Politico Magazine has a piece out just today, in fact, wondering whether Kerry already qualifies as a more successful secretary of state than she does, and they’re not the first major magazine to ask that lately.

Beyond their diplomatic records, by most conventional measurements of experience, Kerry’s got her beat. She spent eight years in the Senate. He spent 28. Kerry won his party’s nomination once before and came within two points in Ohio of winning the presidency. Hillary, despite having had a popular former president as her chief surrogate and a huge early advantage in money and name recognition, ended up losing to the upstart Obama because he recognized the potential for caucus states to deliver an insuperable margin of delegates better than she did. Hillary does have an advantage over Kerry in age — she’ll be 69 on election day 2016 whereas he’ll be (almost) 73. But so what? McCain was 72 on election day 2008 and it’s Hillary, not Kerry, who’s had the more conspicuous health problems. If he spends the next three years traveling on diplomatic errands with no signs of slowing down, Americans would have every reason to think he’s up to the job. The argument for Hillary over Kerry, such as it is, is that (a) he’s “had his chance” at the presidency, even though arguably she did too, and (b) more significantly, she’d certainly do better holding onto disaffected white women voters than anyone else in the party would. Which is to say, if you’re analyzing “why Hillary?” from the perspective of credentials or accomplishments, you’re approaching the question from the wrong angle. If anything, she might end up relying more heavily in 2016 on the historic nature of her candidacy as a key credential than Obama did in 2008.

But all of this is academic. Kerry’s not going to run if she does. The question Halperin’s asking is, what if she doesn’t? Kerry would also have to step aside for Biden if he decides he wants to run, right? The idea of Diamond Joe becoming President Joe is ridiculous, but he does outrank Kerry within the administration; if you’re trying to choose between two top Obama officials because you like O’s policies, why wouldn’t you choose the higher-ranking one? But assume Biden doesn’t run either. Why wouldn’t Kerry, having struck a few high-profile deals as secretary of state, try to do what Nixon did and run again after a hiatus from presidential politics? Compared to Martin O’Malley or Andrew Cuomo, the guy would actually have some gravitas. I don’t think it’s likely that he runs, but if he sees a vacuum, I’m not sure why he’d rule out trying to fill it.


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We should be so lucky.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Can’t wait to have his horse, er wife, on TV all the time. It was a riot.

Plus, the horse’s azz himself…

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Two nutless males :) God, what a country!

It’ll be Booker, obama’s front boy. Mark it.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

He should probably be sent to the knacker instead.

Flange on December 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Please make this happen.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Aside from Biden they’re all female, or they’re all kind of male…

Ted Cruz/Lee versus

Something

Halperin has too many book tours. He gets himself in trouble with his leftists. Maybe he wants a job at Fox.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Hillary, Biden, Kerry….. what’s with all the white people? Those Dems must be racist, eh, NonP?

Bitter Clinger on December 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

BWaaaaaaaaaaaHAHAHA ! ! ! ! ! ! !

TX-96 on December 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Understandably, as he is a man, Father Time is much kinder to men than he is to women.

And he has been quite unkind to Frau Pantsuit…

JohnGalt23 on December 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

GWB has two huuuuge feathers in his cap:

1. He beat AlGore, and

2. He beat this clappering l’idiot.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

idiot

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

OH PLEASE GOD YES

Good Lt on December 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Oh Democrats! Please don’t nominate John Kerry! He would be just too difficult to defeat. Anyone else, please.

/Brer Republican

aunursa on December 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Did Jenjis Khan ever have a defeat only to be later victorious?

NotCoach on December 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hilarious! Run John Run!

Pork-Chop on December 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I just spit out my Diet Pepsi at work – OUCH that hurt.

gophergirl on December 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Oh, and then I assume Kerry will keep talking out of his rear all the time about climate change. The man is obsessed with climate change. Seems every other sentence he utters is about that even as this country freezes over and we’ve had a 16 year period of no warming and the leftist activist Michael Mann’s hockey stick as been fully debunked (meaning that there’s nothing unusual about current temperatures) and even the IPCC’s position that there is evidence that CO2 causes climate warming is in doubt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on December 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Kerry/McCain — 2016

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Please do, Lurch! Your friends the Swifties will be called up to active duty yet again.

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

wondering whether Kerry already qualifies as a more successful secretary of state than she does,

My cup of tea this morning was a more successful secretary of state than Hillary! was.

rbj on December 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Lurch 2016

ConservativePartyNow on December 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Hey at least the dems would have an actual horse (face) in the race!

Give him a tablespoon of peanut butter and a Dutch door and he would look just like Mr. Ed explaining things to Wilbur.

The Winter Soldier has really worked his magic act a lot farther than I ever thought possible.

DanMan on December 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

But assume Biden doesn’t run either. Why wouldn’t Kerry, having struck a few high-profile deals as secretary of state, try to do what Nixon did and run again after a hiatus from presidential politics? Compared to Martin O’Malley or Andrew Cuomo, the guy would actually have some gravitas.

He also has male genitalia, which is not what the Democrats want for 2016, unless a Latino, Asian or some other special interest group member owns that member. The left side of the Democratic Party already wants to run Liz Warren not so much because of her stirring, evocative speeches about social justice, but because they want to run the same “War on Women” game plan Team Hillary does — they just don’t want to do it with Hillary.

Put Warren or any other special interest group rep into the field in 2016, and Kerry would be lucky if Teresa votes for him, because he can’t represent the Democrats’ now and future game-plan for perpetually demonizing their opponents of awarding special interest groups and their representatives Absolute Moral Authority.

jon1979 on December 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Kerry won his party’s nomination once before and came within two points in Ohio of winning the presidency.

What was once an alarming and angering bout of Progressive resurgence and cronyism is twisting into a surreal nightmare.

America is on a date with Jennifer Love Hewitt. The music has stopped, the power has failed. I see one missing steak knife in the kitchen — I see one unexplained shadow flit by a window — I see one chair rocking with nobody in it — I’m out of here.

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hillary, or Kerry, or Biden?

My vomit just vomited…

CaptFlood on December 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Hey, did he serve in Vietnam?

dpduq on December 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

America is on a date with Jennifer Love Hewitt. The music has stopped, the power has failed. I see one missing steak knife in the kitchen — I see one unexplained shadow flit by a window — I see one chair rocking with nobody in it — I’m out of here.

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

True, but… You’re still on a date with Jennifer Love-Hewitt, so, not all bad…

CaptFlood on December 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

“If Hillary doesn’t run for president, John Kerry will”
..great, Shrillary and Hanoi -john can debate which one is the WORST SEC OF STATE IN US HISTORY. (Answer= It’s a tie.)

TeaPartyNation on December 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

beck can break out his waffle face float again!

Murphy9 on December 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

If Hillary doesn’t run, Kerry is the best and the brightest the Democrats will tout?

They’re worse off than I thought…

Athos on December 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Please let it be Lurch.

ckilmer on December 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Two words: President Sibelius.

A woman with accomplishments!

NeighborhoodCatLady on December 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Nah. The Dems have discovered the holy grail. All they have to do is go out and find some obscure, articulate, clean black man or woman, Hispanic man or woman or a woman of any other race and bingo instant POTUS. The less experience the better (don’t want any pesky history to use against them doncha know). Halperin is a d bag who sits on stories damaging to any Dem until after they get elected and he can write a tell all tome once we are stuck with these lousy Dems. It is in his Dem DNA to throw out red herrings. I have zero respect for his opinions. He believes in Dem taquiya and would say anything to get another Dem elected. Kerry is a white male so no he won’t be the nominee.

neyney on December 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

WaPo gives Lurch 3 Long Noses on his Iran hogwash!

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I’m waiting for the punchline???
I think if he doesn’t run, Chelsea Clinton will…or maybe Aunt Esther Obama???
Go Democrats

Delsa on December 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Kerry, again?

Run, Jean Francoise; bring it on!

Another Drew on December 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

True, but… You’re still on a date with Jennifer Love-Hewitt, so, not all bad…

CaptFlood on December 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Yup. That’s what that guy always thinks.

Right up to the chainsaw.

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

No way Lurch jumps in. I doubt even his massive ego could take another hit like losing yet another presidential election. What in the world could he run on, his record? What a joke.

major dad on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Halperin is such a tool.

r keller on December 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Warren/Kerry ’16

Murphy9 on December 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

“Reporting for duty”…. my aching ass…….

ultracon on December 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

or maybe Aunt Esther Obama???
Go Democrats

Delsa on December 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Look out, Sucka!!

oldroy on December 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Great, Lieutenant “I threw my medals over the White House fence before I didn’t throw my medals over the White House fence. What do we need a pre-nup for, Baby?” is reporting for doody again.

M240H on December 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Dick Gephardt — tanned, rested and ready!

Mr. D on December 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

But so what? McCain was 72 on election day 2008 and it’s Hillary, not Kerry, who’s had the more conspicuous health problems.

Given her health problems and Kerry’s age, why not just drag up that old chestnut the Democrats threw around when McCain was running:

TOO OLD!

Not that they’d let anything like HYPOCRISY stop them.

GarandFan on December 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Kerry is running even if Hillary is running.

Kerry to Hillary at their debate: “Hillary, I have to sneeze…ah…ahh…ahhhh….BENGHAZI!!!! koff-koff-murderedambassador, koff, koff”

albill on December 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Murphy9 on December 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

One of them would have to move their official residence from MA.
Of course, that’s quite easy for Lurch, as Mrs. Lurch has homes almost everywhere.

Another Drew on December 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The dems have nobody who isn’t vomit-inducing. That’s actually quite a feat.

trigon on December 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I don’t think it’s likely that he runs, but if he sees a vacuum, I’m not sure why he’d rule out trying to fill it.

Very unfortunate phrasing.

EricW on December 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Teresa isn’t in good health.

And Biden is already running.

matthew8787 on December 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I’m pretty sure Joe Biden being elected president of the United States would scare the hell out of even Joe Biden. That alone makes Biden more qualified to be President than Kerry, who would see the Presidency as a perfectly natural eventuality, or Hillary, who would see the Presidency as a well-deserved reward for years of hard fighting.

Of the three, one would have earned it, one would have deserved it, and one would be peeing his pants.

Biden/Biker-Chick 2016

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I predict a straight, white male will not get the Dem Prez nomination again in my lifetime…

fortcoins on December 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Understandably, as he is a man, Father Time is much kinder to men than he is to women.

And he has been quite unkind to Frau Pantsuit…

JohnGalt23 on December 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Kerry has had some kind of facelift or he’s continually Botoxed. He doesn’t look the way he did just a few years ago. His face has that drawn plastic-doll look to it now.

INC on December 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

If Hillary doesn’t run and Kerry does, then Warren runs and pulls an Obama 2008 primary.

libfreeordie on December 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Warren/Kerry ’16

Murphy9 on December 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Got you beat Murph, Franken/ Wasserman-Shultz.

celtic warrior on December 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

..Jeeeeee-zus H. Keee-rist!

Thin bench.

The War Planner on December 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I’m with Shad.

Booker.

MontanaMmmm on December 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

It’ll be Booker, obama’s front boy. Mark it.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

..the lawn jockey.

The War Planner on December 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Oh and there’s alway’s

THIS GUY.

hahahhahahahahhahahahha.

MontanaMmmm on December 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Mark Halperin predicts: If Hillary doesn’t run for president, John Kerry will

Didn’t he serve in Vietnam?

(yeah, too easy a laugh)

Colbyjack on December 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Kerry needs to fix that “stupid” problem first and that “ain’t gonna happen.”

EdmundBurke247 on December 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Wait. I ran a thought experiment where Biden gave his acceptance speech. He stood there and laughed and pointed. He saw it as a testimony to his cleverness. He didn’t pee his pants at all. I still think he’s the most plain-dealing villain, but a tweak is required:

Biden/Biker-Chick 2016

Biker-Chick/Biden 2016

Axe on December 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Kerry should run with Dukakis as his running mate…they’re both so photogenic.

JetBoy on December 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Democrats: Kerry, Biden, Hillary, Warren — the party of the hip college kids.

jdpaz on December 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Compared to Martin O’Malley … [a f*cking rock] would actually have some gravitas.

FTFY.

nukemhill on December 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Hillary’s big claim to fame was being married to Bill and having him cheat on her.

bluegill on December 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Another “historic” “unprecedented” achievement by the Dems: First Horse Elected as President.

tpitman on December 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

he won’t unless Teresa dies…she’s too rocky to survive another run

gracie on December 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Hillary, or Kerry, or Biden?

My vomit just vomited…

CapnFlood takes it!

DanMan on December 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

GWB has two huuuuge feathers in his cap:

1. He beat AlGore, with the help of the ol’ Lanceman and 536 other guys and

2. He beat this clappering l’idiot.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I fixed it for clarity.

Lanceman on December 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Hillary is not going to run. That wasn’t a simple slip and fall she had, that was a stroke.

Johnnyreb on December 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hillary, or Kerry, or Biden?

My vomit just vomited…

CaptFlood on December 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Perhaps…but who in the GOP looks any less vomitous?

JetBoy on December 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Florida might decide this; I’m going with the orange vote:

Kerry/Crist 2016!

FTW!

pain train on December 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Oh LORD, let it happen. We could run Palin and she’d win in Reagan-esq fashion.

44Magnum on December 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

If Hillary doesn’t run and Kerry does, then Warren runs and pulls an Obama 2008 primary.

libfreeordie on December 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Brilliant Satire!

A+

Warren has many, many problems.

1. She’s an unknown, outside of Looney Left MA.

2. She’s only a year and a half younger than Hillary! is. Your Democrat Party is now the Party of Rich Old White Women. You must be so proud of that.

3. She has no “record” to run on.

4. See #3, lather, rinse, and repeat.

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Herman Munster and Fauxcahontas:
What. A Dream Team.

For Republicans.

“Forward, Massachusetts Democrats! You have nothing to fear but the electorate–wait a minute…”

orangemtl on December 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

“presided over the Obama Administration plan to allow Iran to go nuclear” will not exactly enhance his resume among the sane.

Basilsbest on December 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Hillary, or Kerry, or Biden?

My vomit just vomited…

CaptFlood on December 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Perhaps…but who in the GOP looks any less vomitous?

JetBoy on December 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Everyone. Moron.

Basilsbest on December 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Got you beat Murph, Franken/ Wasserman-Shultz.
celtic warrior on December 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

You took it too far!

////

Murphy9 on December 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

“presided over the Obama Administration plan to allow Iran to go nuclear” will not exactly enhance his resume among the sane.

A feature, not a bug.

Another Drew on December 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Basilsbest on December 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

That’s not what I’m reading on the Paul Ryan thread. Eating our own.

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Del Dolemonte on December 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Right! The democrats hold their Pols to such exacting standards and abandon them so quickly!

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Once a traitor, always a traitor.

crosshugger on December 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM

The democrat party won the WH with a clawfooted backbencher in 2008

The next guy they run is not going to be a politician or a woman

It will be a media Prince — one of the opinion makers

Halperin is already angling for a cabinet position.

You read it here first.

RushBaby on December 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If Hillary doesn’t run and Kerry does, then Warren runs and pulls an Obama 2008 primary.

libfreeordie on December 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Warren is a one-issue politician: the banksters and income inequality. She’s also not very quick on her feet – but I’m sure a doting media would cover for her.

I think the democrats should bring back the one and only Al Gore. He’s pale, he’s fat . . . but he’s ready!

TarheelBen on December 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Hey, did he serve in Vietnam?

dpduq on December 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Why, yes. Yes, he did.

Not only that…but he spent Christmas in Cambodia.
(Which, I can tell you from experience, was quite the holiday destination)

And…he has The Hat to prove it.

Solaratov on December 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Scott Walker’s a traitor. John Boehner’s a traitor. Mitch McConnell’s a traitor. John McCain’s John McCain. Lindsey Graham’s a traitor. Chris Christy’s a REALLY big traitor. Paul Ryan’s a traitor. Jeff Sessions, traitor. Flake, traitor. Rubio, Traitor. Collins, traitor. Ayotte, Traitor. Corker, traitor. Cornyn, traitor. Hatch, traitor.

There’s a pattern here somewhere.

WryTrvllr on December 9, 2013 at 7:42 PM

How many former Secretaries of State does it take to lose the presidency? Maybe we can have a trifecta if Condoleezza Rice runs against ButtFullo Rice!

Steve Z on December 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

So how many Sec States have made it to the top spot?
Jefferson
Madison
Monroe
JQ Adams
Van Buren
Buchanan

That last was 1857-1861 and both Hillary and Kerry were mere tykes back in the day, barely able to remember him today…

ajacksonian on December 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Kerry, Hillary, and Biden walk into a bar.

The bartender says, “You three fucking idiots get out of my bar or I’ll break pool cues over your heads until your fucking brains are splattered all over the walls!”

They don’t leave and he is true to his word.

He is elected president of the United States in 2016.

PD Quig on December 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Kerry, Hillary, and Biden walk into a bar.

The bartender says, “Get out of my bar or I’ll kill you all.”

They don’t, and he does, and he is elected president in 2016.

And the country lived happily ever after.

PD Quig on December 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM

….Maybe it’s time to just write off presidential politics.

Hawkins1701 on December 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Thin Bench??? How about NO Bench!!!!!!!!

Xango Annie on December 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

“What is it that makes Hillary so great?”

(Similar to my post long ago)

If you can manage to find her accomplishments talking-points one-pager from her senate run, you will find that every single bullet item of accomplishment begins with weasel words, such as:

“Worked to…”
“Helped…”
“Been fighting for…”
“A Member of…”

blah blah and more blah.

Go here, you’ll get the idea.

Tsar of Earth on December 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

If Bill Clinton has a heart attack and drops dead before 2016, Hillary is toast. Half of her supporters would vote for her only to get Bill back in the White House. If they wanted a shrill bitch who could not be controlled, they already have Valerie Jarrett.

Colony14 on December 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM