We think Bob Kerrey should run for the United States Senate. In Nebraska. This year.
(We note, “in Nebraska”, because we do not want you to be confused, since Kerrey has lived in New York City for the past 12 years, where he lives with his wife (a former SNL staffer!), and his son, who was born in New York. Also, Kerrey was planning a few years ago to run for Mayor of New York City. And two days ago (2!), joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a plan to reform New York’s campaign finance system. So you would think he would be running for Senate from New York. But you would be wrong. Because he wants to “move back” to Nebraska and run for Senate there. From Nebraska. As a Senator from Nebraska. This will all make sense later.)
As you all know by now, we are patiently waiting for Kerrey to make his decision about whether or not to change his decision, which was to not run, which he made three weeks ago. Three days ago, Kerrey reportedly began talking to Senators, including Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, that he either “was interested in” or “planned to” change his mind, and run.
Yesterday, Kerrey’s renewed interest in the gig leaked.
As an aside, one Democrat operative told Roll Call,
“True or not, the leak is frustrating and damaging because it takes the control of the message away from the candidate. Apparently, we have a bunch of bozos masquerading as political operatives in D.C. You wonder if they actually wear their clown makeup to the office.”
Anyway, back to our support for Kerrey’s Senate run (in Nebraska).
Obviously Kerrey cannot get that bug to run out of his underpants. As summed up in the OWH today, Kerrey likes nothing better than to dither back and forth, in public, about whether or not to run for office. Be it Governor. Or Senator. Or Mayor. Or Senator. Or Senator. It is really awesome for him to think about it, and we imagine, have all sorts of people call up and say, “Bob! Please run! Be our savior! Only you can do it Bob!” And then he puts his chin on his fist and imagines that he is on the Gates of Hell, contemplating it all.
So our hope, by supporting his run, is that he finally gets it out of his system. Oh, we know that he will not really ever get it out of his system. But at least it will put him (and us) at rest for a while. And then we can really dig in.
Because what a Bob Kerrey campaign will do, is allow voters to focus on the two very disparate views of politics these days. There is the generally liberal view of Bob Kerrey. Kerrey’s views are generally much more liberal than, say, Ben Nelson’s, and they will provide a clear contrast for voters. Sure Chuck Hassebrook (remember him?) is a liberal as well, but Democrats will spend much more of their money to focus on Kerrey than they ever would have for Hassebrook (who?).
So Bob Kerrey will argue that not only is he in favor of ObamaCare and that he would have voted for ObamaCare. But he has supported a full-on single payer health care system. Like they have in Europe. Heck don’t take it from us. Kerrey said, straight up, that living in New York’s Greenwich Village has made him more liberal, particularly on the health care issue:
“…the longer I live here, the further to the left I get on health care…”
But that is not the only place where Bob Kerrey pleads his liberal case. Bob Kerrey is also for legalizing partial birth abortion. We will not say he is “for it”. Just that he thinks that the procedure be legal. That is how he voted in the U.S. Senate back when he decided not to face the Nebraska voters again and have to defend that vote.
Oh and Bob Kerrey is also very concerned about Global Warming, and thinks he knows how to fix any global climate change that may or may not (“IS” in his case) be occurring on Earth. He thinks that Cap and Trade, that job killing, economy crushing plan, will turn the climate right around (and economics be damned). Our guess is that he would chalk it up to the “we have to do SOMETHING” way of thinking, but we are happy to let him explain.
And these are only a few of the issues that we are sure Bob Kerrey will want to jump out and discuss. Or at least, we would like to hear him discuss them.
Because we know that Nebraska voters will dismiss these ideas as radical, wrong, out of the mainstream and ultimately destructive to our country.
But what if Kerrey does run, and Nebraskans do decide that Bob Kerrey should get another shot at representing Nebraska (oh sure, his family may be living in New York. Or maybe Virginia. Or possibly the District of Columbia. But we are sure he would occasionally visit Nebraska and talk at a Rotary Club or two. So he would be representing “Nebraska”. In theory.)?
Well, the past month should give you an excellent preview:
You would get an indecisive, with no core principles, unpredictable Bob Kerrey who would have six years to vote however he wanted, with no checks on him at all.
Would he vote in favor of a liberal Supreme Court Justice who was known for legislating from the bench? “No! Wait, yes! Wait, let me think about that. Wait, I just don’t know. Maybe. Ultimately, I don’t know. But no. I mean yes. Let me see what the Majority Leader thinks. They need my vote? Then yes. What was the question?”
Imagine President Obama gets re-elected. Do you think a term-limited Obama is going to get more conservative? How about a Bob Kerrey backing him up on whatever new scheme he comes up with to “fix” the economy, or make you buy electric cars, or finally make that plan to make the tides recede. You may only get four more of Obama, but you would have six of Kerrey!
By the way, much discussion has been held within the past 24 hours about whether or not Kerrey was planning this head-fake, post February 15th plan all along, to get Governor Dave Heineman out of the race.
We expressed yesterday, that Kerrey did plan it. Or at least we suggested it.
Others, including Mike Johanns and NEGOP ED Jordan McGrain do not think Kerrey is that Machiavellian to make such a move. We are not that confident.
But even if Kerrey did “genuinely” quit three weeks ago and then “genuinely” reconsidered last week, it is still all about Dave Heineman for him. He rejected running three weeks ago because he did not know what Heineman would do. And he is considering getting in now because Dave Heineman is not in the race. If Heineman was in, this would not even be a discussion.
You never know what you are going to get with Cosmic Bob, eh? (Everyone chuckling and guffawing and slapping each other on the back!)
Just the quality you want in someone representing you, yeah?
But these are important times we are living in. (Ever hear someone suggest, “The times we are living in? Not that important…“) And with an entrance of Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska Senate race, it will give voters a very clear, well advertised, choice between two very different views of how America should move forward.
So we beseech you, Bob Kerrey. Move back to Nebraska and sell your views (of course you don’t have to “really” move to Nebraska; your family can continue to live in NYC while you campaign in Nebraska for the next nine months; we are just talking about an Omaha mid-town condo). Nebraska voters will be better for it. Republican candidates will be better for it. The local TV stations will be richer for it. And we will have much more to write about…for it.
(Except of course, Chuck Hassebrook. You royally screwed him.)
Did you know we wrote about a 2,000 word post yesterday, before the Kerrey news hit the fan? Yeah, we did. Go back and read for a non-Bobified post.
And we will update as we get more info. Though the OWH is reporting that, even though they said Kerrey would make a decision today, now he won’t. (Shocked! Shocked, we are!)