So much to talk about.
Bob Kerrey. Ah his effort to become Bob Kerrey 2.0 is going over more like New Coke Bob Kerrey.
So just HOW out of touch is Cosmic Bob Kerrey? Get a load of Kerrey speaking here:
Q: Are we better off today than we were four years ago?
Kerrey: Oh my, God yes!
Kerrey: I don’t know what the heck I’d do differently!
Then again, we suppose if you’re the recipient of a sweet heart deal to leave your college president gig, then continue to get paid millions for it, then you ARE better off.
Of course, if you’re unemployed and look at the stagnant Obama economy, you may feel differently.
A few months back, Kerrey revealed his general, cynical, strategy for campaigning. Kerrey told a newsdude, “You can’t change the public’s mind on anything. You just have to find out what you think they want, then convince them that you’ve always wanted that same thing.” (We paraphrase without the direct link.)
So Kerrey’s strategy so far since he “moved” from New York City, er The West Village (or, whatever it is we are supposed to call his real home), has been to claim that he is above party politics. That he is some sort of post-partisan candidate.
So, as the kids say, You see what he did there?
Kerrey knows that Congress has never been popular amongst the peoples. Not now. Not 20 years ago. Not a hundred years ago. Watch an old movie and yt “those yaou will hear that it has always been about “those yahoos in Washington.” And here’s a newsflash as well, and this one is going to shock you: Democrats….do not like Republicans! Yeah! It’s true! And then, get this: Republicans (they’re the ones with the elephant symbol), they don’t like Democrat politicians! Yup.
So that smooooooth Bob Kerrey, you know what idea he came up with? Get rid of parties in Congress! And Bingo! You get rid of parties, and it’s like getting rid of the alligator who has overtaken your kitchen!
Well, except not really.
It’s more like that alligator is still going through the cupboards and eating all the Doritos, and Bob’s solution is to rename that alligator, “kitchen chair”. You see! Now everything will work fine because the alligator is now a piece of furniture, and we can all get back to running the country.
But of course we (the ones who never believed Kerrey in the first place) know that the problem with the alligator is not what Darwin named the species. It is the fact that he has an insatiable appetite, and that we are running out of Doritos.
So we need to replace the alligator with, say, one of those pygmy goats or maybe even a sheep dog (hmm wonder if any commenters will run wild with this analogy). But ceasing to call the alligator an alligator ain’t gonna do it.
And of course, the comedy of all of this is that before Kerrey ever decided to run, he made sure to genuflect in front of the Alligator King (that would be Democrat Senate Leader, Harry Reid) and get his approval to run. And while we’re at it, we are pretty sure that Kerrey decided to run as a Democrat, and not as some sort of imaginary Independent.
So, we get it. Kerrey’s shenanigans about some sort of “non-partisan” Senate are no more believable than him moving back to Nebraska or having a hope of a Kumbaya moment to pass the Social Security thing he made up.
And one last one: Remember the Kerrey plan to eliminate all Super PAC funding? ‘Member that? And then how no one paid any attention to it?
And then, magically, a brand new New York funded Super PAC sprang up to do hit jobs on Deb Fischer for Kerrey? Funded in part by the guy who just paid Cosmic Bob $800K for “consulting”.
Yeah, how ‘bout that, huh? That pretty much sums up your Bob Kerrey.
And in the meantime, the Nebraska Farm Bureau endorsed Deb Fischer.
In Nebraska’s 2nd District race, the candidates are getting a little more specific on the issues.
Congressman Lee Terry wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline and keep the Bush tax cuts.
Democrat John Ewing however is into higher taxes. He said he wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts – first saying he wanted them raised only for millionaires. But Ewing flipped on that position and now wants them raised so that anyone making over $200K would see their taxes increased. (And we have news for you. People making $200K a year aren’t “rich”. Sure, they’re probably doing well. But if you make that and live in a big city, where the cost of living is dramatically higher than smaller cities like Omaha or Lincoln, you aren’t out cruising on your yacht on the weekends.)
The tax increases that Ewing proposes would help to further kill economic growth, would hit small businesses and some studies show that it would whack 710,000 jobs and reduce economic outcome by $200 billion.
Ewing, like Bob Kerrey, thinks the way to make America great is to take more and more money away from its citizens and give it to the government to spend.
It is that simple and that wrong.
And hey, it is always fun to stir the pot, yeah? Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Scott Petersen sent out a letter to the party committee members, “defending” himself against statements “from accusations and innuendos that have been put forth on a local internet blog”.
So our first question is, Is it really so hard to type “Leavenworth Street”? Huh? And how about a link or something every once in a while? First the OWH, now the DCRP! Can a blog get a break? But we digress…
So Petersen went about knocking our little post here, about how he is a Ron Paul supporter, etc.
And he then wrote:
As far as I know, someone made a huge leap based on a statement from a DCRP Newsletter. I wrote: “It’s our job to deliver the Electoral Vote from the 2nd District for President”. I did not mention Mitt Romney in the statement, therefore, I’m a “Ron Paul guy”. Seriously?
The most important thing we can do is elect Mitt Romney as our next President. We need to work hard to send Governor Heineman to the National Convention with unanimous support.
[See the whole letter in pdf here.]
So here is what we take from that statement: Petersen is a Ron Paul guy.
He then denies that he has recruited candidates against Lee Terry. OK. Hey we will take his word on that. Done. (Mmm hmm.)
And then he makes some statements with attachments mainly about finances of the party. Uh, which are fine. Except we would love to see something a bit more granular about how he paid himself back $10K, and then who is the beneficiary of the $3K in printing expenses.
Just some ordinary questions. Just throwing out some random points.
And hey, we think the Ben and Freddie Gray stuff is interesting and hope that if the effort there is serious it amounts to something.
We hope Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is feeling better. (And we are looking forward to finding out whether Irish medicine is really just pint upon pints of Guinness fed intravenously.)
But man, those raises for his staff? Is he kidding with that?
Is that just one big F.U. to the people of Omaha or what? What a joke.
And speaking of jokes, did you see that Willie Nelson – avid and outspoken pot smoker – will be holding a fund raiser for Cosmic Bob Kerrey before Willie’s concert in Kearney? That would be the same Bob Kerrey who was assisting his buddy Peter Lewis on legislative strategy for reforming marijuana laws.
We are not saying there is a pattern here or anything. But it just gets back to that whole “alligator eating all the Doritos” thing…
Have a great week and buy some stuff on Amazon (via LeavenworthSt.com’s links), wouldja! Thanks for reading and keep telling your friends!