The Spine

Kerry's Ego Problem


He can't have it both ways. Whom do I mean? I mean John Forbes Kerry. He has been testing the presidential waters. And doubtless misreading the temperature, which, from all reports and polls, has been very chilly. Anyway, he wants to run for president. But, if Kerry is a candidate for the Democratic nomination, he will not be able to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Which would make several Massachusetts congressmen happy. And also Joe Kennedy, alas. They might run for the soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. All of this is explained in Joan Vennochi's Sunday column in The Boston Globe, "What will it be, Senator Kerry?"

My guess is that Kerry actually disdains the Senate, thinking it rather low status for him. Vennochi points out that, even with the Democrats now in control of that body, Kerry will be head of ... well, yes, the Committee on Small Business. Small potatoes. This will allow him to orate on the minimum wage and even health care. Small fry stuff to a man who has seen the world.

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