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The Soporific Stiff Speaks

November 01, 2005

Googling around for "soporific," I came across something I'd missed earlier this year. In an excerpt from his book "Election 2004", Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas interviews Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry, Thomas observes, sounds like he's seriously contemplating another White House run in '08. If so, an unnamed adviser has some bracing advice, ever more relevant as speculation begins to mount about the coming contest.

"...he thinks he's the front runner for '08 without recognizing that he needs to do some soul-searching. If he wants to come back, he'll have to come back as a different candidate, not the stiff who plays it safe and takes four sides of every issue."

Discussion of a Kerry run in '08 is somewhat less absurd than recent and similar natterings about Al Gore. But the real ticket would feature a convincing fiscal conservative Democrat, strong on defense, with less baggage than Kerry or Hillary Clinton, plus scant association with the Northeast U.S. and the usual Dem agenda. I don't know who that is; probably a highly-rated centrist Democrat such as outgoing Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner, or an outside-the-box populist Red State D, like Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. On the R side, I'd go with Rudy or Mitt first - who both manage to transcend oft-fatal Northeast-ness, not only by party affiliation, but in other ways, as well. Giuliani-Warner, there'd be a real matchup.

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Posted by Matt Rosenberg at November 1, 2005 09:03 PM

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