Always, there was something that seemed inauthentic about John Kerry.
He loved his "band of brothers" but left them in the field, then libeled them in the halls of Congress.
He's the friend of the working man, who became a man of wealth and patrician airs the old-fashioned way- he married a dead millionaire's widow.
Now, after leading the Democratic Party to defeat in the 2004 Presidential Election, he may have just derailed the Democrats' victory train in the 2006 House/Senate elections. Until days ago, it seemed as though they might take control of both houses.
A couple of days ago, at a California rally, Kerry said "Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
He claims that he botched a joke about President Bush, but I question this. As Britain's Telegraph says, "Kerry has long had a reputation as a haughty Boston Brahmin, a privileged, elitist, condescending careerist who cannot relate to ordinary Americans."
Could you see him looking down on our troops in Iraq? I could, easily. I think that he looks down on everybody. This was a slip of the lip, that revealed a bit of the man's soul. And he isn't the only Democrat to look down on the military and on the men and women who serve in it.
But I look up to John Kerry, at least for now. Because he may have thrown a case full of monkey wrenches into the engine of the Democratic Victory Train. And Howard Dean and the rest are hardly the ones to fix it.
This could be a very interesting Election Day. See you at the polls.