On his first day back to work in the US Senate, John Kerry got a giddy standing ovation from his staff. It was just like MacArthur’s triumphant return to the Leyte beach in the Philippines in 1944… okay, it was nothing like that, except for a few wet pants.

Unless Noam Chomsky was elected and I haven’t heard about it, Kerry returns as the most liberal member of the senate– The first presidential candidate to return to the senate after a defeat since McGovern. I think Mondale tried, but the Democrats changed the locks.

Kerry told a reporter that he couldn’t rule out running for the presidency again in 2008. One glance around the Senate should make him aware of his enormous contributions to the dwindling pool of Democrats in the chamber, but he won’t attribute that to his positions on the issues, which are wildly unpopular outside the Massachusetts cotillion sect and meeting rooms of labor union leadership.

If the Democrats nominate Kerry yet again (a mistake they’d never again make… next time, they’ll find a completely different northeast liberal senator), the history books will refer to the first Tuesday in November of 2008 not as “election day”, but rather as “Little Bighorn II.”

Sure, Senator, feel free to run again.


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