A reliable source tells me that within minutes of John Kerry's announcement that he won't run for president again in 2008, the Barack Obama campaign was already trying to recruit at least one member of Kerry's "Boston Mafia" to work for them. No surprise there, and I imagine Kerry's entire team is going to be in high demand pretty shortly.
I never understand stuff like this, which is probably why my political blogging consists solely of sporadic attempts to iterate in nice words why I think George Bush sucks. John Kerry's campaign was a disaster in so many ways, and yet, most of his campaign people, if not all of them, will eventually find employment with the people running for the 2008 nomination.
I'm reminded of this exchange from the West Wing episode "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen", when Toby is drinking in a bar before a speech by Candidate Jed Bartlet:
WOMAN: You've been a...what did you call it?
TOBY: Professional political operative.
WOMAN: You've been one your whole life.
TOBY: Well, there was a while back there when I was in elementary school....
WOMAN: You any good?
TOBY: [long pause] Yes, I'm very good.
WOMAN: What's your record?
TOBY: My record?
WOMAN: How many elections have you won?
The woman nods.
TOBY: Including city council, two Congressional elections, a senate race, a Gubernatorial campaign, and a national campaign?
WOMAN: None of them?
TOBY: You gotta be impressed with my consistency.
I don't get why knowing how to lose a national campaign is better than never having run one, but that's just me.