It shouldn’t come as a surprise to regular readers that I’m psyched that Bob Kerrey looks like he’s going to be running for the Senate again. And it is, unfortunately, not a surprise either that many erstwhile progressives – like, say, the commenters to Nick Beaudrot’s post on this – aren’t too pleased with the development. So let me take this opportunity to remind people that Bob Kerrey voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (something even Wellstone couldn’t bring himself to do), was solidly in favor of abortion rights and gun control and solidly against the flag-burning amendment and school prayer, and ran for president on a single-payer plan. Yeah, he gets Iraq and Social Security wrong. But for a Senator from a red state, he was astoundingly progressive, and we should be glad that there’s a chance he’ll come back.

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