There’s an old song whose opening lyrics are “First you say you will and then you won’t…” Well, in Bob Kerrey’s case it was first he said he might, then he said he wouldn’t and now he’s said he will – run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Ben Nelson. Kerrey called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to give him the good news.
The 68-year-old Kerrey was Nebraska’s governor from 1983 through 1986, and their Senator from 1989 through 2000. He is a known commodity for Nebraskans, and would not have to fight for name recognition. He does have to face the manner in which Nebraska, like so many mid-western states, has shifted drastically conservative in the past decade. Hopefully, because he is so well-known, he can bring a certain level of built-in credibility to the debate that many Democrats will not enjoy.