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Why did Anyone Ever Think John Kerry was the front-runner?

William Saletan does a wonderful quick dissection of John Kerry

The Thin Man - The mystery of John Kerry's missing courage. By William Saletan

This is what audiences always have to wade through to get at whatever it is Kerry is trying to say: Nuggets of nothing, wrapped in pretentious rhetoric, compounded by the pretense of plain speaking.

I've talked to a lot of colleagues who worked in the Senate in the 1990s, and we all keep asking, "what made anyone think Kerry would be a great candidate?" He was a completely invisible Senator, aloof -- which is not unique in the Senate -- and without any apparent guiding passion or interest -- which is.

I'm not sure that it is so much that Kerry lacks courage as that he sort of lacks purpose. He has no niche, no constituency, no natural allies, and at the end of the day, no real logic for his campaign. But why did it take a year for that to become obvious?

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