No matter what, one White House hopeful will return to the Senate
For the first time in 48 years a senator will capture the White House, either Republican Sen. John McCain or Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, while the other will go back to being one of 100 in the deliberative body.
Kerry told Reuters in January 2005, after the inauguration where he watched his rival be sworn in again as president, that he did not dwell on losing as he resumed his job in the Senate. He quickly began working on legislation aimed at expanding health care for children.
“It would be a silly waste of time to just sit around. I’ve got a great job. Did I want a different job? You’re damn right I did. Would I have been happier with a win? Of course,” he told Reuters at the time.
Both McCain and Obama are up for re-election in 2010.
This year, a few Democrats returned to the Senate after losing their fights for the presidential nomination, Sens. Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden, though Biden ended up as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
Dodd dug into the financial crisis as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Biden as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held court on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The hardest thing to do is to sort of adjust your pace from speaking to the nation and sometimes even to the world about what you want to get done, and then to come back and settle into the pace of the Senate,” Kerry told reporters in June after Clinton returned.
– additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro
– Photo credits: Reuters/Brian Snyder (McCain enters the Senate building in early October); Molly Riley (Obama in the Hart Senate office building in September).