To Know, Know, Know Him

Is to hate, hate, hate him….

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, considering a second bid for the U.S. presidency, finished dead last in a poll released on Monday on the Likeability of 20 top American political figures.

Among those placed ahead of Kerry were about a dozen potential 2008 White House rivals, including Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

This is hardly surprising to a person who started a blog called Kerry Haters. It always seemed that the people who knew Kerry best, liked him least. Remember the “no-bounce” convention in 2004? Kerry, given a week of solid coverage capped off with his “And I’m reporting for duty!” speech at the DNC, actually saw his poll numbers decline slightly.

Everywhere you looked, you found people who disliked Kerry, from his classmates at St. Paul’s prep school, to those who knew him at Yale, to those who served with him in the Navy. After his divorce from his first wife, he dated a few famous women, including Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas singing group, and actress Morgan Fairchild. Phillips donated to Kerry’s rival for the nomination, Howard Dean, but not to Kerry. Fairchild donated to John Edwards, Howard Dean, and Dick Gephardt during the primary season, but not to John Kerry until he had sewn up the nomination.

(Pat Curley blogs politics from a center-right perspective at Brainster’s Blog, and debunks 9-11 conspiracy theorists at Screw Loose Change)

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