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    Kerry Not Joining 2008 Race

    Gee, what a shame.

    January 24, 2007, 1:09 pm
    2008: Kerry Not Running
    By Adam Nagourney

    In these days when everyone and their brother seems to be running for president, someone today decided that he was not: Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who lost to President Bush in 2004.
    The news was relayed by a Democratic official in anticipation of an announcement later today.
    Mr. Kerry had made clear after his narrow loss that he wanted to run again, and had spent much of the past two years traveling the country, trying to build support. But Democrats had seen his chances as increasingly remote. For one thing, he was up against what is emerging as one of the strongest Democratic fields in years. For another, much of his former supporters had made clear they would not join him again and were moving on to other candidates.
    The final blow, many Democrats say, came during the last campaign when Mr. Kerry told what he said was a botched joke that Republicans seized on to try say Mr. Kerry, himself a veteran of the war in Vietnam, was insulting the troops in Iraq. The remarks produced a storm of controversy and left some Democrats – even those who thought Mr. Kerry’s statement was being unfairly reported – angered at a Democrat who had a history as a candidate of making politically damaging remarks.
    A Democrat familiar with Mr. Kerry’s decision said that the Massachusetts senator had instead decided to run for re-election and to organize grassroots opposition to the war in Iraq.

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio]Gee, what a shame.

    January 24, 2007, 1:09 pm
    2008: Kerry Not Running
    By Adam Nagourney

    In these days when everyone and their brother seems to be running for president, someone today decided that he was not: Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who lost to President Bush in 2004.
    The news was relayed by a Democratic official in anticipation of an announcement later today.
    Mr. Kerry had made clear after his narrow loss that he wanted to run again, and had spent much of the past two years traveling the country, trying to build support. But Democrats had seen his chances as increasingly remote. For one thing, he was up against what is emerging as one of the strongest Democratic fields in years. For another, much of his former supporters had made clear they would not join him again and were moving on to other candidates.
    The final blow, many Democrats say, came during the last campaign when Mr. Kerry told what he said was a botched joke that Republicans seized on to try say Mr. Kerry, himself a veteran of the war in Vietnam, was insulting the troops in Iraq. The remarks produced a storm of controversy and left some Democrats – even those who thought Mr. Kerry’s statement was being unfairly reported – angered at a Democrat who had a history as a candidate of making politically damaging remarks.
    A Democrat familiar with Mr. Kerry’s decision said that the Massachusetts senator had instead decided to run for re-election and to organize grassroots opposition to the war in Iraq.[/QUOTE]

    Exactly, it was Kerry's history of bashing troops that added to this mis-handled joke. Had a politician with no record of smearing troops said it, different story....

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    A record number of respondents participated this month, with over 22,000 votes cast in the straw poll. And, in the true spirit of the MoE, the numbers changed little after the first few thousand votes were cast. At 6K votes, it was Edwards 37, Obama 27. and Clark at 14. The final results are, respectively, 35, 28 and 17.

    dKos Reader Poll. 1/16. 22,024 respondents (as of 1.17.07 9:26 a.m. PT)

    2007 2006 2005
    Jan Dec Jul May Mar Jan Nov Sep Aug Jul

    Edwards 35 28 15 8 7 8 12 10 7 7
    Obama 28 28
    Clark 17 26 17 15 15 22 26 34 35 34
    Richardson 5 4 2 1 2 3 5 3 4 4
    H. Clinton 4 5 2 2 2 3 6 8 9 10
    Biden 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3
    Kerry 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 2
    Vilsack 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dodd 0 0 0 0
    Gravel 0 0

    -- not running --

    Bayh - 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
    Daschle - - 0 1 0
    Feingold - - 38 44 48 30 19 19 16 10
    Warner - - 10 10 11 12 14 4 3 5

    Bayh dropping out really shaked things up. Just kidding.

    The big news is that despite Obama's announcement, he got no boost. The "market" had already factored his candidacy into the equation. This will be in marked contrast with other polls which will undoubtedly show an Obama surge as many non-political folks start seeing him for the first time. Rasmussen will have one of those later today.

    What I didn't expect was the sharp drop in Clark support. It looks like many of his supporters are getting tired of waiting for a decision, and Edwards is scooping them up. Remember, Edwards' announcement in New Orleans and subsequent publicity blitz came after the last straw poll, and it appears he made a good impression.

    One other note -- I forgot to add "other" and "no freakin' clue" to the answers for a second month in a row. That was stupid. So the trendlines are a bit screwy because of that. And they'll be screwy again next month when I (hopefully) remember to add those answers back in. So yeah, I suck. Thankfully, this isn't a scientific poll.

    [url]http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/1/17/121740/481[/url]

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