One of the most infuriating things in life is seeing someone else do something you thought of doing, but you’re a beat late. Many examples abound – the guy who got to the patent office the day after Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone, the second guy to build an airplane, and the folks at GM who got the Camaro into production in 1967 – two years after Ford brought out the Mustang. (Don’t get me started on Camaro vs. Mustang…all I can say is, do you see any 2004 Camaros on the street?)
We’re seeing that now with Howard Dean turning down federal funds for the primaries. That grinding sound you hear is the gnashing teeth of the other Democrats, especially John Kerry who stood on his principles and said he would not use his wife’s vast fortune, inherited from her late husband, Senator John Heinz, to fund his campaign. But now that Dr. Dean is going to depend solely on private contributions, Kerry and all the others are all chonked off – not because he’s not playing by the rules but because they didn’t think of it first.
So now Kerry has to play ketchup.