Before we had a singing president, we had a singing senator. After winning a U.S. Senate seat in 1988, Bob Kerrey was moved to song. And not a happy victory song. He sang “The Band played Waltzing Matilda,” a 1971 tune about the glorification of war. Kerrey, who lost a leg in Vietnam, received the Medal of Honor for his service. And, yet again, he’s back again in true fighting form.
The former Democratic Nebraska governor announced today he plans to run for his old Senate seat. Most recently, retiring Democratic Senator Ben Nelson has been keeping it warm. Without Kerrey stepping back in the game, the slot would most likely have gone to a Republican candidate.
Kerrey’s big news, coupled with the retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, puts Democrats in a better position to retain control of the Senate next year.