Breaking news flash — John KerryJohn Forbes KerryLobbying world Biden's favorability rating rises while Trump's slips: Gallup Biden to nominate Neera Tanden, Cecilia Rouse to economic team: WSJ MORE has announced he will not run for president in 2008. While this is not news for the rest of the country, Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.) has finally accepted the political reality that his best and only chance to become president of the United States has passed him by.

From a partisan perspective, I’m sad to see Kerry go: He was an easy target who provided fodder only a Republican strategist could dream of. The reality, of course, is that former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), along with Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have taken most of the oxygen, talent and money away from the rest of the field of potential Democratic nominees for 2008.

While Kerry’s absence from the field will not have any discernible impact on the rest of the Democratic frontrunners, he will undoubtedly remain an outspoken critic of the president and the war in Iraq. He is unlikely to fade away from the fight (and glare of the television lights) anytime soon.

I can’t help but feel a little sorry for the junior senator from Massachusetts — he came within a whisker of becoming the 44th president of the United States. Swallowing that defeat, along with his decision today not take another shot at occupying the Oval Office, could not have been easy. At the same time, Kerry made the right decision to bow out and allow another member from his party to vie for the presidency — a candidate who would have a greater chance of being elected than he would. Kerry is to be applauded for being able to put the interests of his party ahead of his own personal ambition — a rarity in today’s rough-and-tumble political climate.