Bob Kerrey wants to debate Deb Fischer.
Wait, scratch that.
Bob Kerrey wants to debate Deb Fischer several times.
No, that’s not it either.
Bob Kerrey wants to lock Deb Fischer and himself in room with nothing but two bean bag chairs, a trough filled with Triskets and a vat of Fresca. And then from now until Election Day, do nothing but debate, debate, debate (take a break for Imus) and then debate, debate some more.
And why does Bob Kerrey want to debate Deb Fischer? Because Bob Kerrey is the World’s Greatest Debater!
Heck, don’t believe us, just ask HIM!
As reported in none other than Cosmic’s Bob’s own hometown paper, the New York Times:
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 took a long, haughty, sniff and gave a sneer that would make Ray Lewis cringe…
(If Kerrey were a golfer, his colleagues would call him FIGJAM.)
And so we finally have our chance to watch The Master take on the little ranch gal from Valentine. And could their debating records be much different?
She debates state Senators from Fremont and North Platte.
He debated Senators from Texas and Ohio.
She debated (and few would say beat in the debate) Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg.
He debated (and many say got the better of) Bill Clinton.
This is her first Senate debate against the other party’s candidate.
This will be at least his fifth debate against a Republican in a Senate campaign.
So, no wonder Bob wants to debate, yeah? He will strut out cool as an October morning with the knowledge that he can debate the pantsuit off Deb Fischer.
Anything less would mean a major, major fail by The Master Debater Kerrey.
But ya know, we like debates. They’re interesting. Make for great TV, sometimes. Can show how a pol can think on their feet in front of an audience.
But…is that REALLY what is most important in a Senator?
Hey, we think it can be a good way to find out certain positions, and all that.
But, as the OWH says, we get to, “see would-be office-holders face off, with no sound bites, no second takes, no campaign staff for support.”
Yeah, because in the real world of being a Senator, they…never…have…staff support? No people to look up facts for them? No experts on certain issues? No tax assistant? No farm person?
Hmm, interesting thought, that.
Hey, we want our pols to have working knowledge of the issues, but we found the OWH’s List Of Questions They Want Answered At Debates…interesting.
So if we understand the OWH, it is much better to get an answer to:
What are the best ways to address the government’s fiscal problems? Can you balance the budget and reduce the debt without raising taxes?
…in a 30 – 45 second response in front of a corn-dog fattened crowd in Grand Island, than to get a thought out position paper from a candidate on how they see themselves voting?
Hey, it’s just a question we are throwing out. Because the OWH doesn’t have just ONE of those multi-layered uber-questions. They list TEN deeply involved essays that they want answered in a 90 second spurt by each candidate (with a 30 second follow-up).
And oh by the way, we don’t need a debate to find out that Bob Kerrey has taken the ideological position that he will vote to raise taxes, keep and likely expand ObamaCare and support Harry Reid as the Majority Leader.
Of course, many did feel that Kerrey out debated Bill Clinton.
Though somehow Democrats didn’t give Kerrey the nom.
And the sure fire zinger for Bob will, of course, be:
“Is there a bridge where you can walk from Omaha to a field in Council Bluffs with YOUR name on it? Didn’t think so. Boom, roasted. Out!”
At least that’s how we’d do it.
We will do our very best to provide some coverage of the debate, possibly live.
(Because we have NOTHING else to do at 4pm on a Saturday…)
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