Wednesday, December 01, 2004

"Presidential Losers Left with Nowhere to Go"

Well, I have slept on it. And I still think Kerry should be President in 2008. A lot of what got me thinking was an Article Yesterday in USA Today: , by Ross K. Baker, pointing out how many ex-candidates disappeared off the radar screen after running. Al Gore practically was "humiliated" and was not to be found for months. He almost became a hermit and even grew a beard! (Doesn't that seem like so many years ago?)

There are a lot of people saying we "need a Southern candidate". Or maybe a candidate from a "red state". Like somehow that would make a difference.

We as Democrats need to find the best leader our party can locate. We happen to have that in John Kerry.

Mr. Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, finishes up his column with a couple of insightful points. He writes:

"America has always been a second-chance nation. And if proof is required to support that claim, consider two cases: an unsuccessful Senate candidate who, two years later, was elected president, and a failed vice presidential candidate who attained the nation's highest office 12 years later.

Their names were Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt."

I couldn't have said it better.



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