In what seems a strange form on panic, the chorus of single digit democratic presidential hopefuls sing together, "You can't beat Bush". If you can't beat the guy who can't beat Bush, then you sure as hell can't beat him either. What are we all supposed to do, decide that even though Kerry has lackluster support from his own party, he's really the guy to carry the torch?
I do realize that there are two different campaigns, one for the nomination and one for the presidency, but you need to win the first to prove you have the support of your party to make it to the second. That is what is so absurd about hearing Kerry, who recently trailed Al Sharpton in the polls, crowing about Dean's inept match-up with the President. It's like he is preparing for the arm chair quarterback role, sitting in his mortgaged house, telling anybody who will listen how he would have done it if he had a chance to take on G.W.
Maybe if you'd built a base of support, you'd have had a chance to do so Senator Kerry. But getting elected is an "order of operations" problem. If you divide before you add, you don't get the same result.