The Bob Kerrey camp announced that debates in the U.S. Senate campaign are “overrated”. Kerrey manager Paul Johnson noted that not only are they overrated in terms of their importance, but that they “usually don’t shift voter attitudes.”
Oh, wait. You didn’t see those quotes in Kerrey and Johnson’s pleas to meet Deb Fischer in “many more debates”?
Well, that is because Johnson’s quotes came in 1994, when Kerrey was the incumbent running against much lower polling challenger Jan Stoney. (From David Kotok’s September 30, 1994 OWH story which you can read here.)
And when was Kerrey’s FIRST debate against Jan Stoney before the November election that year? That would be September 30th — just a month before the election. And at that point the Kerrey camp was still thinking about — but hadn’t committed! — to another debate in October.
But what happens 18 years later, when Kerrey decides that he wants to run for election one more time? Oh, there can’t BE enough debates! (Kerrey’s down by 18 points?) MORE debates! A debate a day! Debates are super important, you see! Debates, debates, debates!
In the mean time, the Fischer camp noted to Bob and Paul:
“We promise Mr. Kerrey that there will be ample opportunity for him to explain the role he played in a company that received TARP funds and discuss the lavish compensation he received while running the New School in New York City.”
And speaking of Kerrey’s time away from Nebraska, Kerrey spent the weekend giving a commencement address. Where you ask? Neligh? Cozad? Beemer?
Nope. That would be at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia — halfway between Atlanta and Montgomery, Alabama. There, Kerrey passed along such wisdom as,
“Write and practice reading good sentences.”
(Just how many times do you need to practice reading a sentence before, you know, you’ve mastered it?)
Well, Kerrey is now an Honorary Lawyer at LaGrange. Too bad the local newspaper thought they were listening to “John Kerrey”. Oh well.
And to finish up on all things Cosmic, here is KHAS asking some questions about Kerrey’s 2011 salary issues:
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