John Kerry on 2008

KEENE, N.H. – Moments before Sen. John Kerry shows up to campaign for a local politician at a backyard rally here, voter Sue Borden wrinkles her nose at the mention of the man who lost to President Bush.

“You get one chance,” the Democrat tells a reporter. “If you can’t win, then it’s time to let someone else try.”

But less than an hour later, after she meets Kerry and listens to him deliver an impassioned speech from a wooden deck, Borden softens and says she would consider voting again for the Massachusetts Democrat.

I really hadn’t considered that Kerry would attempt another presidential run. With so many other Democrats playing the field, most of whom probably make better candidates, I assumed that Kerry would be content as the Senator from Massachusetts.

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated” all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.”

That would be my next question because, in my opinion, the Swift Boaters won George Bush the election in 2004. Had it not been for them, the results might have turned out differently. Sure some will say that Bush was just a better candidate or Kerry did something wrong but I really think the Swift Boaters had a huge impact on enough voters.

I don’t think Kerry will be successful even though he did get the second greatest amount of votes in election history. There is too much to dredge up from 2004 and too many other candidates, like Hillary, who will simply take the nomination from him. I could be wrong of course but I just can’t see it happening. There would be too many “Kerry is a flip-flopper” commercials run by his fellow Democrats against him.

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