Kerry’s first primary: Scaramouche, we have a problem…
Today’s Boston Globe trumpeted John Kerry’s “decisive” win over Ed O’Reilly in the junior senator’s first primary contest in 24 years. Kerry should be worried, however, by the strong showing O’Reilly made in Quincy, where the little-known challenger not only won a few precincts, but trailed Kerry in most by a mere 20 or so votes. (In one precinct, the North Shore-based O’Reilly was just three votes behind the Nantucket crowd’s favorite career politician.)
That’s good news for Republican nominee Jeff Beatty, a decorated Army veteran and former FBI agent and CIA counter-terrorism officer. Kerry’s poor showing in a traditionally Democratic stronghold like Quincy means that there’s a lot of dissatisfaction with Kerry out there — even among his traditional base of supporters. While O’Reilly is to be commended for having the guts to take on Kerry, all of his elective experience was at the local level, a fact that may have hurt him with some voters.
Beatty, however, possesses a rare combination of national security expertise and economic experience gained from running a nationally respected anti-terrorism consulting business. That’s exactly the kind of experience we need in Washington.
Generally, when I think someone should be worried about losing his job, I suggest that the person start practicing the phrase, “Do you want fries with that?” In John Kerry’s case, however, I think the still-junior-after-24-years senator might want to start brushing up on his “Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?”