Thursday, January 10, 2008


There are those who have made a big deal about John Kerry's endorsement of Barack Obama in the race for the Democrat's Presidential nomination. Heck, it was a feature article in Shep Smith's news show this afternoon on FoxNews.

I don't know why.

Kerry's endorsement will not hurt Obama's message of "change".

Nor will Kerry's endorsement make charges of Obama's inexperience disappear.

In fact, Kerry's endorsement will not have a single iota of impact on this race.

You see, Kerry is irrelevant. He fell into irrelevance long about November 15th, 2004. It's taken some people longer than others to realize this--none longer than Kerry himself--but by now I think everybody realizes it.

Now, if --in the very very near future while the outcome is still in doubt--Kerry were to join a gathering of the 48 other non-candidate Democratic Senators in saying that they endorse one of their colleagues over the other, that would be newsworthy.

And likely a death blow to the candidate who got the endorsement. But that's another story.

But Kerry alone? Yawn.

Why did he do this?

The list of possibilities are too many to list--but they all have one thing in common: he did this for John Kerry, not for Barack Obama.

Revenge against the Clintons? Serves Kerry. Attaching himself to the rising star of the party? Serves Kerry. Giving himself even one more headline in a cycle that has--fortunately--not contained anything about Kerry? Serves Kerry.

This isn't "elder statesmen of the party" stuff. This is "aged high school athlete refusing to realize the world doesn't revolve around 1977 prep gridiron exploits" stuff.

In other words: there's nothing to see here. Move along.


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