Earlier today, Ed Morrissey wrote about that hot new story claiming that John Kerry was overheard suggesting that he might have to ride to the rescue and save his party from a Bernie Sanders nomination. Disappointingly, my friend Ed seems to be poo-pooing the entire idea out of hand without considering the possible upside for the Democrats in such a plan. In case you missed it earlier, here’s a bit of his reasoning on the proposal.
Kerry is very clearly “f*****g deluding myself here” if he thinks he’s the candidate to rescue the party. Kerry couldn’t beat an unpopular George W. Bush in 2004 despite having lots of time to ramp up and organize a campaign, and he only got through the primary because Howard Dean imploded. He’s precisely the kind of Beltway barnacle that voters love to despise these days; he’s much more establishment than Sanders, and a late entry will be seen as a desperation establishment move as well. Besides, few politicians are as demonstrably in love with their own voice as Kerry is, and with less justification.
Let’s not sell John Kerry short here. First of all, people are already expressing concerns over Joe Biden’s age and durability, while Democrats hurl similar suggestions about Donald Trump. Kerry is younger than both of them, so that’s a plus, right? (Okay… only by a few months, but still…) Also, unlike Biden, nobody has seen Kerry out on the stump giving speeches under pressure for quite a while. For all we know, he could still be playing with a full deck of cards.