…is that several political careers are now over.
Barack Obama’s—although he apparently intends to continue his political activism, and others are begging him (and Democrats) to drop their usual benevolent kindness towards their opponents and finally take the gloves off:
Ever the institutionalist, Obama undoubtedly worries about the downsides of staying in the fight. Won’t it set a bad precedent? Won’t it further polarize America? Won’t it further degrade political norms?
Yes, yes, and yes. But these are questions that Republican leaders haven’t asked themselves for years, and they have a unified government to show for it. To fight back with any effectiveness, Democrats have got to be tougher. That means breaking a few norms themselves, if only to save others.
Noble of them, isn’t it?
Yesterday I was grateful to add the name of John Kerry to the group of people unlikely to hold office again. Kerry is a man I detested even back in my liberal Democrat days when he first became famous during the Vietnam era. And yesterday, Kerry once again proved himself to be the perfect vain and self-congratulatory self-important self-righteous fact-compromised toady to Obama, doing his bidding and selling Israel down the river while pretending not to. Hey, maybe Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize, too, which I have no doubt he would treasure.
But I will be very grateful to know that pretty soon he’ll be out of public life/office—I think.
You never really do know that sort of thing, I suppose. I thought it was over for him in 2004. And Massachusetts might decide to send him to the Senate again, if he wants to go. Kerry is 73 now, and although by the time a Trump first term is up he’ll be 77, I guess that’s not too late for some sort of appointment if the Democrats have a renascence in 2020.
[ADDENDUM: Jim Geraghty certainly seems to agree with me about Kerry:
John Kerry ends his long career in politics the same way he began it: disgracefully…
Kerry in 2013 was a perfect choice for Obama’s second secretary of state. For the better part of three decades on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry had spoken as if statecraft and international diplomacy were relatively easy tasks, and only the bunch of idiots in the current administration — Republican or Democrat — could mess it up like this. Finally, Kerry would get the chance to show everybody how it’s done.
We see the results today…
Arrogant and full of himself as ever, Kerry trashed this country and its military on the way in, and trashes Israel on the way out.]