Question: What’s the difference between the Dallas White Pages and the 2020 Democratic presidential primary? Answer: The Dallas White Pages have fewer names. The Democratic primary promises all the predictable suspects: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Eric Holder, etc. Now add a new name to that list. Actually, it’s an old name. You won’t believe who else is thinking about another run for the White House.
Hint #1: He is a former nominee.
Hint #2: He’s a northeastern liberal, just the kind that never gets elected.
Now, I bet that’s got you excited! Just when you thought the Democrats had no new ideas, they are reaching back and back and back . . . to that grand old election of 2004.
You remember John Kerry. He’s the guy who lost to George W. Bush, despite Bush’s 38 percent approval rating. Kerry’s the guy who masterminded President Obama’s brilliant strategy that brought Russia and North Korea to their collective knees.
Yes, that’s called sarcasm.
Well, here’s what we know. In a recent appearance on Face the Nation (yes, that’s still on the air), anchor Margaret Brennan asked Kerry if he would run in 2020. Kerry responded, “Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018. We need to win back the confidence of the country to move in a better direction, and to do it in sensible ways.”
The CBS morning show was thrilled to have a guest so relevant as a losing candidate from the olden days, so they let Kerry ramble on. Don’t worry, I won’t give you all that he said. (It won’t fit into one column.)
The highlight: “We are in a moment of crisis for our country. The world is in a moment of crisis.” (Typical Kerry optimism)
Then Kerry did not deny reports that he told a Jerusalem Post reporter that he was considering a run in 2020.
That all adds up to one thing. John Kerry still wants to be president. He’s running. Unfortunately, Kerry’s run in 2020 will be like my run on the neighborhood track. He may be running, but nobody will notice.