Kerry's Entitlement

John Kerry seems to think he is entitled to be the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2008.

Two weeks ago Senator Hillary Clinton attended the DFL Humphrey Day Dinner in Minneapolis . Minnesota is a state both parties consider a key 2008 presidential swing state.

Minnesota’s Democratic Senator Dayton introduced Clinton as “the next great president of the United States of America.”

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, two days later on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Kerry approached Dayton "with daggers in his eyes and said, 'What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?'"

Kerry spokesman, David Wade, tried to downplay Kerry's rebuke saying:

"There was nothing but joshing on the Senate floor" between Dayton and Kerry, who have been friends for 35 years.

"Respectfully, some lines must have gotten crossed in his retelling of this particular conversation," Wade said. "If Senator Kerry had anything in his eyes, it was hockey sticks. These two old friends and colleagues spent most of their time joking about pulling on their skates and hitting the rink in Minnesota later this year."

A Marist College Poll conducted in February found Clinton and Kerry to be the leaders for the 2008 Democratic nomination:

Hillary Clinton 39
John Kerry 21
John Edwards 15
Joe Biden 5
Wesley Clark 4
Russ Feingold 2
Bill Richardson 2
Evan Bayh 1
Mark Warner 1
Tom Vilsack -
Unsure 10

The Boston Herald reports that Dayton has made other unflattering comments about Kerry. Asked about his support for Kerry last year, Dayton replied:

As Winston Churchill once said, I'd rather be right than consistent.

Kerry shouldn't care about anything Dayton has to say. Last October Dayton demonstrated a colossal lack of judgement when he closed his Senate office on Capitol Hill in the weeks before the November election, citing a vague terrorist threat against Congress. That sad failure to stand up against even a vague terrorist threat may have helped Dayton decide not to seek re-election..

Even after his miserable campaign of flip flops, Kerry appears arrogant enough to believe he is entitled to another nomination.

Posted by Dan Spencer at April 24, 2005 1:11 PM