Well, after Saturday, our Like-Affair has ended.
Don’t worry Bob, we’re not going to say, “It’s not you, it’s us.”
It’s definitely YOU.
As the great philosopher Chandler Bing would have said, “Could Kerrey have BEEN any more whiney at Saturday’s debate?” Every single answer was like nails on the blackboard with the high-pitched, nasal complaint about anything and everything with the signature Kerrey scowl attached to it! Make it stop!
And what was Kerrey bitching and whining about?
“Why is it an issue when people leave and come back?” Kerrey asked in faux-amazement.
Well, President-Emeritus Kerrey, let us address that for you.
You see, Deb Fischer said that she wasn’t interested in discussing it, because she wanted to talk about the issues. But see, us, not so much. We like to talk about the Politics here on Leavenworth Street and we’d LOVE to delve into this.
So let us start with the amazing and close to disgusting comparison Kerrey makes when he says “No one called me a carpet-bagger when I came back from Vietnam!”
Riiiiight Bob. That’s the same thing. Yup, a soldier going to war then returning to his home state to run for office is THE EXACT SAME THNG as you leaving Nebraska and moving to New York City for twelve years to make millions at one of the most liberal institutions in the country, and adding some lobbying gigs on top of them, then pretending to move back so you can run for Senate.
If that isn’t an insult to every soldier currently deployed, we don’t know what is.
But this is just Bob Kerrey, and this is just one of the reasons his debate performance was a joke that changed no one’s mind about his candidacy — even though he told everyone how awesome a debater he is.
More of Kerrey’s whine? (We paraphrase:)
I think the Congress should be non-partisan!
Oh my Bob! You just might shock everyone and vote for Mike Johanns for leader! Just to shake things up! (And we can’t wait for Kerrey’s quote to say “Mike would make a great leader” to see if he could sucker a few more people in.)
You see, Deb Fischer made the ultimate point about Kerrey. During his time in the Senate, he voted with the Democrats 92% of the time. Ninety-two percent.
Yet Kerrey wants to tell us about all the times he crossed the aisle and voted with George H.W. Bush and that no one called him a lap dog and yadda yadda yadda. He wants to tell us that that duck sitting in front of us isn’t a duck at all. Oh sure it has wings and a bill and webbed feet and quacks. But for all you know that could be a pelican in disguise! Or maybe an eagle! Who is to say!?
Well, as the Right Wing Professor noted not that long ago, Kerrey’s record with the American Conservative Union was 8%. (Hmm, seems to add up closely to that other 92%.) Well, except for during Kerrey’s re-election year, when it went up to 24%. (Kerrey trying to tell the voters what they want to hear???!! Well, we never!)
See Kerrey is an intelligent guy. He can spew a bunch of knowledgeable sounding stuff at you and make you think, “Hey this guy sounds smaht!” (Those are people in Boston.)
And then he tells you how awesome ObamaCare is, and that Cap and Trade is the way to go, and that Harry Reid is his guy and that higher taxes — er, “increased revenue” — are the answer and then you realize: “Ohhhhh. He’s a Leftist. Yeah, I know smart Leftists. And they have their own concept for where this country should go. And unfortunately that’s over a cliff.”
But of course Kerrey couldn’t show up to a forum like that without a little peek from Cosmic Bob.
You know Cosmic Bob. He’s the one who was in office for 16 years, wants another 6 to tag onto that, but doesn’t consider himself a “career politician”.
(Here is what the audience of Nebraskans at the State Fair thought of Kerrey’s claim:)
And then there’s Kerrey’s suggestion that the United States Congress should become non-partisan — just like Nebraska’s Unicameral!
And Deb Fischer swatted that one away with a note to get real.
But that’s Kerrey. His head is somewhere in the clouds even while he does his level best to pander to the audience with what he thinks they want to hear. He has been in New York City so long that he just figures them rubes in the sticks like it when he says “Unicameral!”
And that is really the point where you know you can’t take him seriously.
He has promised to raise taxes.
He has promised to support ObamaCare.
He has received promises from the Democrat Leader.
He tells you he will cross the aisle with Republicans — though he has no record of it.
He tells you he’s non-partisan– though the Democrat Majority Leader was the first one he visited when deciding to run.
He tells you he’ll change the form of government that we’ve had for over 200 years — though not even HE can believe that one.
We used to think Bob Kerrey was a good salesman.
It’s just that now he’s back in Nebraska selling Rupert Holmes’s Greatest Hits.