Seriously? John Kerry? That is a surprise. A lot of people (as in the general public, not our pundits) have been tossing around John Edwards, but aren't Dems concerned about his "tainted" aspect? I don't care... I still like him.
Well, according to several political reporters Edwards is quite serious when he says he doesn't want the job. As to Kerry - maybe they are just being polite? Though I can see the argument - he's vetted, he won a huge 59 million votes in '04 (compared to 51 for Gore, and 47 for Clinton in 1996), he's "ready on day 1", he crushed Bush in their foreign policy debate. But that said, the fact that nobody seems to be publicly discussing his name would seem to suggest he's not at the top of the list.
Ambinder or somebody pointed out that the real serious candidates are often not in the first round, historically, which is generally a courtesy round.