Potential Kerry Opponents Dropping Like Flies
Massachusetts: Less than 48 hours after John Kerry announced he would pass on a 2008 Presidential bid and instead run for re-election to the Senate, the MA-GOP lost their two best potential candidates to challenge Kerry. Harvard Pilgrim CEO Charles Baker gave an unequivocal "no interest" (and sounded more like a possible 2010 Gov candidate in the process) and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who stumped for Bush in 2004, gave a "not something I ever thought about" reminiscent of former Broncos QB John Elway's similar decline to run for the Colorado seat being vacated by Wayne Allard. The MA-GOP's two biggest names remaining are Kerry Healey, the former Lt. Gov. who just got trounced in the 2006 Gov race, and Andy Card, Bush's former Chief of Staff (whose association to the Bush administration would, no doubt, be toxic). Not much to choose from.
UPDATE (11:41am): Former MA Governor Paul Cellucci is indicating that he is not interested in a 2008 challenge to Senator Kerry with his recent endorsement of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani for President over recently-departed MA Gov. Mitt Romney, who sought Cellucci's endorsement and would have been helpful to Cellucci if he was interested in the Senate seat.