With the Elizabeth Warren boomlet having already come and gone, America’s most famous pundit dropped the name of another Massachusetts politician on Monday as a potential 2016 contender.
“Let me just say quickly, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president I bet you John Kerry does,” Mark Halperin declared on MSNBC.
The comment was at first met with silence, followed by awkward laughter from the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza — reactions that underscore how there’s been virtually no chatter about another White House bid for the Massachusetts senator and current secretary of state.
“That’s a first,” host Andrea Mitchell said in response.
Tom Jensen, the director of Democratic pollster PPP, told TPM on Monday that Kerry hasn’t been tested in any of the firm’s 2016 polls.