WASHINGTON — Just three months after losing his campaign to be president of the United States, a politically wounded and weary Senator John Kerry took a routine fact-finding tour of the Middle East. It was one of countless overseas trips Kerry had taken in his two decades in Congress. But this time, those accompanying the Massachusetts Democrat noticed something was different.
On the return leg of the trip, during a late night stroll to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a crowd spontaneously gathered around the former Democratic nominee for the White House. They reached to shake his hand. They snapped his photo. They peppered him with questions about the Iraq War. He had attracted similar swarms in Israel, Iraq, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories.