With all the Bob Kerrey-mania going on in the Nebraska press, we noticed a few points written in the national media, worth noting:
Bob Kerrey — who I hope will announce he’s back in politics this week — told me once that a campaign is not the time to try to convince voters of anything they don’t already believe. A campaign is about showing how your values align with theirs. “In a political campaign it’s too risky to lead them,” Kerrey said, speaking of the undecided voters who in the final sprint decide most contests. “And so what you do is pretend to lead while basically you’re trying to follow their opinions.”
We were contemplating this Kerrey Campaign Strategy while thinking about whether Republicans, or Nebraskans in general, should “fear” the Kerrey candidacy.
The thing is, Kerrey is a good politician. He is somewhat likable, somewhat affable and if you want to doubt whether he can win an election, look at the last three he ran.
And he is good at convincing voters that he thinks just like them, and vice versa.
“I’m for entitlement reform just like you! I want to save Social Security just like you, but I want to make it secure for future generations as well!”
“Gee, that Bob Kerrey thinks just like me! He’ll get MY vote!”
But then, if elected, Cosmic Bob Kerrey takes over.
He gets to DC and he wishes and washes. And then he votes for Partial Birth Abortion. And ObamaCare. And Cap & Trade. And people think, “Wait a minute, we thought he was just like us!” Oh, and then he’ll build another bicycle bridge to a field in Council Bluffs and everyone will forget about all that.
Ben Nelson did this time and again. He votes for the Democrat leadership. And he votes with the Dems when they need him. But then he will vote against them when they don’t need him, and come home and call himself “Independent”.
Think Nebraska can afford another vote in the U.S. Senate like that?
Think America can afford another vote in the U.S. Senate like that?
This isn’t some conspiracy theory talking, folks. Let Kerrey win, and you get more ObamaCare, more Cap and Trade, more halting of Keystone Pipelines, more trillion dollar “stimulus” packages, more electric car boondoggles, more federal funds for abortion coverage. And the list will go on and on and on.
So should YOU fear Bob Kerrey?
Well, you should respect the fact that unless you do something about it, a Bob Kerrey vote in the Senate will do all the above, and more.
And about that promise to Chuck Hassebrook…
You want to know what has the tongues wagging in Washington, D.C.? Look no further than the SECRET promise that Bob Kerrey got from Senator Harry Reid.
It is widely speculated that Reid promised Kerrey his old seniority back or possibly a seat on a coveted committee. Kerrey told Joe Jordan that Reid’s promise to Kerrey was important to him — and probably one of the factors that made him want to leave his home of eleven years in New York City, crash on his sister’s couch, and file to run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
But not everyone is happy about such a promise for Kerrey. Roll Call notes that New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg, for example, came back to the Senate after sitting out a few years, and got nothing upon his return. If Kerrey gets something, he likely wants increased seniority too.
But hey, what if Kerrey wins and Reid just says, “Hey sorry. No can do.”
Would Kerrey be taken aback? Would he “take it like an adult”, like he suggested Hassebrook should do, when Kerrey reneged on his promise? Would Kerrey be vindictive towards Reid? Would he TRUST Reid anymore?
Look, we don’t shed any tears for Chuck Hassebrook. He knew it was a long shot to win the Senate race, so he would have lost his Regent seat anyway. But that is not the crux of the point, is it? It is about Kerrey.
Hmm. Back to that word, “trust”. Hassebrook referred to “integrity”.
Should voters trust Kerrey now? Should they — can they — believe that Kerrey will follow through on any promise he makes in the campaign?
And who knows what Kerrey believes now anyway? He has stated that he has gotten more liberal on the health care issue, for instance, since living in New York City.
Think being back in the U.S. Senate is going to swerve him back to the right?
This is what we are talking about when we discuss “Cosmic Bob”.
He is the Forrest Gump’s Frankenstein Box of Chocolates.
Who knows what he might say. Or how he might vote.
Gee, ain’t that Cosmic?
We JUST saw that PPP released a “favorability” poll and, for Kerrey anyway, it shows this:
Kerrey, Favorable/Unfavorable: 39/34 (Unsure = 37%).
That’s not bad, and better statewide than all the Congressmen.
You can see all the rest here, and we will talk more about it tomorrow.
We would just note that Favorability is always interesting, but it oftentimes does NOT match up to “If the election were held today, for whom would you vote.” They are different ideas and different questions.
Feel free to argue it in the meantime.
Don’t worry folks, we will get off the Kerrey slant tomorrow. Lots more to talk about.
In the mean time, howsaboutchoo go buy something on Amazon.com, via Leavenworth Street’s links.
We highly suggest the late Andrew Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation.
And we send our prayers to his wife and kids.