John Kerry's worst enemy.

John Kerry's worst enemy.

John Kerry's worst enemy.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Nov. 12 2003 2:33 PM

The Curse of Shrum

John Kerry's worst enemy.

Bad news Bob
Bad news Bob

Monday, John Kerry fired his campaign manager. Tuesday, his press secretary and deputy finance director quit in protest. Today, the rumors are flying about Bob Shrum, the veteran campaign adviser Kerry hired, and the so-called "Shrum curse." Who is Shrum, and how could he destroy Kerry's campaign? In May 2002, Joe Klein explained why the Democrats' top strategist is the kiss of death for presidential hopefuls.