Looking Ahead?

John Kerry sounded like a candidate this morning when he spoke to the National Action Network annual convention breakfast via phone (he had been scheduled to speak in person, but like New York’s Senators, was stuck in DC due to the debate on the immigration reform).

On Katrina:

Hurricane Katrina showed us with Mr. Brown, you know Mr. Brown–Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job, Brown. Well let me tell you, Mr. Brown is to Katrina–it’s a metaphor for the whole administration–Mr. Brown is to Katrina, what this guy Paul Wolfowitz is to our troops being received in Iraq with flowers and parades; and Mr. Brown is to Katrina what Donald Rumsfeld is to decent wartime planning and leadership and making sure our troops have armor and up armored humvees; and Mr. Brown is to Katrina what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy; and Mr. Brown is to Katrina what Tom Delay is to ethics; and Mr. Brown is to Katrina what George Tenet is to ‘slam dunk intelligence'; and Mr. Brown is to Katrina what George Bush is to ‘Mission Accomplished’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’ This is the Katrina Administration.

Then, Kerry ended on this note:

We didn’t win the presidency, nobody feels that more than I do every single day, but you know what, we won 10 million more votes then Bill Clinton won when he won re-election in 1996. We exceeded our goals in every single precinct in America and the lesson is: next time we’re just going to set bigger goals. We’re going to go out there and get the job done. We’re going to turn this country around, win back our future, and win back what we deserve, and we’re going to make this country what it can be.

—Nicole Brydson