First, American Crossroads has a new ad out hitting — who else? — Bob Kerrey. See it here:
We have already seen these types of ads over and over and they will most definitely continue. Kerrey has attempted to march into Nebraska and paint himself as some sort of a post-partisan politician, who wants to get rid of parties, and partisanship and blah blah blahdety blah blah.
It is so much C-R-A-P.
Kerrey is as partisan as the rest of the Democrats out there. He has a few of his pet issues where he wants everyone to join him, and he thinks he can get a few on each side on. And the rest? He will vote PARTY LINE. He voted with Bill Clinton on the biggest tax increase in history because he “didn’t want to bring down the Presidency” with his vote. i.e: he couldn’t turn his back on a fellow Democrat.
Heck, Kerrey has a vast record in the Senate that shows he was continually on the far left side of the aisle. He never had a conservative record. And he admits — as the ad shows so perfectly — that living in New York City made him MORE liberal.
Bob Kerrey’s time was long, long ago (in political terms). We hope he enjoys his second, one-car, home in Omaha when he leaves his million dollar condo in New York City to visit his relatives in Nebraska in the coming years.
And speaking of Kerrey (oh, were we?), The New York Times magazine had an extensive love letter to Kerrey over the weekend.
In his piece, Matt Bai, who has made a career out of studying and talking about and worrying about Democrats, tells us that Yes! Bob Kerrey DOES want to be a Senator! Oh, but he knows how difficult it will be to win, and then if (when!) he does win, how difficult it will be to get anything done with those uber-partisans who are there now.
[Sidenote: Remember in the past when all the candidate would talk about how easy it would be to get things done in Congress because everyone got along so well? Yeah, us neither.]
So you see, Bob Kerrey is running for Senate just because he cares. Got that? Good. Because Matt Bai will tell you that Bob Kerrey is just like a fireman, rushing into a burning building, while everyone else is rushing out:
I suggested to Kerrey that he was like a guy trying to angle his way back into a disaster zone while his like-minded colleagues were desperately seeking safe passage out.
Because, you see, it is so unusual for people to want to run. Gee, it is nearly impossible to FIND a person who wants to run for Senate these days. Oh, and those like Ben Nelson who are leaving? They just hate the partisanship. Has nothing to do with facing a losing election.
“…just about everybody else who lives in Washington told me not to do it,” Kerrey admitted. “They just said the place has become too toxic and you can’t get things done.”
Oh Bob. But YOU want to do it DON’T you! (hands clasped, batting eyes…)
…he immediately brought to mind John Slattery’s character from “Mad Men,” in his physical resemblance and in his impolitic brand of humor.
…the glint of his eyes, his love of New York, his camaraderie with Don Draper…
Huh..what? Oh sorry, daydreaming there.
Because you know, no one thinks Bob Kerrey is a flake. Nope. Not a one. Why he isn’t famous for going to see a movie about Tina Turner in the middle of budget negotiations. He isn’t known for dropping out of his elected office just because he wasn’t feeling it anymore. He isn’t really known as “Cosmic” Bob. No…
he was considered a statesmanlike and contemplative presence in a city that still valued both qualities.
And that old bat that Kerrey’s running against?
…while (Deb) Fischer may appeal to Tea Party types as a conservative insurgent, [someone tell Matt that the Tea Party endorsed BOTH of Fischer's opponents...] she is relatively untested and entirely new to national issues, which means Kerrey is not the only one who has something to fear from the twittering masses…
…I mentioned in passing to Kerrey, as we walked on a tarmac, that I wouldn’t want to be a state senator debating him on the intricacies of Medicare and terrorism. “Neither would I,” he flatly replied.
And then Kerrey extinguished the cigar he was smoking in the palm of his hand. And Bai’s knees just buckled…
Well, we don’t know. Maybe this New York Times reporter is really just a middle of the road guy who doesn’t take sides in party politics.
Mitt Romney should carry the state without displacing a single pomaded hair.
Or maybe not.
But what do Nebraskans know anyway?
Kerrey’s long absence from the state — his supposed abandonment of so-called Nebraska values in favor of whatever elitist witchcraft you practice in a brownstone near Washington Square Park — has predictably become a central talking point for his opponent…
Oh those predictable Nebraska hicks who wouldn’t know Washington Square Park from the South Street Seaport and think West Village denizens are a a bunch of wiccans who spend all day at the coffee houses, and dream of single payer health plans and redistribution of wealth and are all on board with reasonably sized cola cups….
But then again, why in the world would The New York Times be spending all this time talking about Bob Kerrey?
Oh yeah. They’re hoping to elect their third Senator.
Well, hey. Looks like not EVERY leftist is on board with Kerrey. The Daily Kos himself, Markos Moulitsas writes…
Given the choice between a “Democrat” that will lend a bipartisan veneer to efforts to dismantle Social Security—the most popular and successful government program in American history—and a Republican that simply reinforces GOP efforts to do so, I’ll take the Republican. Easy. Any day of the week.
Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night Markos. Rock on.
And just in case you were uncertain about the motives of the man behind the Cornhusker Kickback, we can now officially confirm that Ben Nelson is a Political Whore.
As Don Walton put it,
Appears??? Really? That’s what you’re going with Don? Appears?
Well, let’s take a look at Nelson’s record of running for Governor…then running for Senate (three times), serving in the U.S. Senate, then finally deciding it was “his time” to retire.
Anywhere in there a discussion of Federal Grazing plans or rights or taxes or anything at all? (And Gaia help us from the continuing issue on our message boards…)
Just seemed like a good idea now? Yeah?
Let’s just all be honest that Nelson is using the office granted to him by the people of Nebraska for a partisan political hit and that he has further sullied any gracious retirement from office as an elder statesman.
Think he still wonders why Nebraskans were so ashamed of the Cornhusker Kickback?
Or do you think this is just one final flip of the bird to them?
Oh, and speaking of those who don’t have a clue as to what Nebraskans want, or think, or do, we give you this illustrious Exhibit A: Jane Fleming Kleeb:
“A lot of, you know, farmer‘s and rancher’s kids may not want to farm corn, they do want to farm wind, they do want to farm different forms of energy. And they know they can’t do that if we allow these forms of tar sands pipelines to criss-cross our state.”
It must just be a wonderland of enchantment inside that little liberal leftist brain of hers.
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