You know it’s getting bad for Lurch when members of his own party are getting creeped out by his obsession with passing Cap & Tax.
Kerry’s style, said Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), is akin to being “pursued by a suitor, just as boys pursue girls.”
Rockefeller, who last week called on the Senate to ignore carbon limits, declined to say whether Kerry is the Democrats’ best messenger on climate, saying it was “sort of too direct a question” to answer.
“Well, he’s certainly a constant,” Rockefeller said. “The question is whether that’s good.”
“He’s so obsessed,” said one wavering Democratic senator who has been pursued by Kerry. “Clearly, it’s all climate, all the time with him.”
Kerry is well aware that his tactics may have turned off some of his colleagues.
“No one pretends this has been an easy issue,” he told POLITICO. “It’s been contentious for the 20 years we’ve been trying to pass a bill. Have I worked aggressively? Absolutely. But I’ve also listened hard.”
Easy for him to say when he is not running for reelection for years. As for listening hard, read on.
But Thursday’s climate-focused Democratic Caucus meeting left some senators grumbling that Kerry talked too much and didn’t listen enough. Although Kerry opened his presentation with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) by apologizing for being so aggressive on the issue and explaining how important he thinks it is, he then went on to speak much longer than either New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman or Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, the two other presenters at the meeting.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to postpone the discussion for another meeting this week.
That ought to win them over, Lurch.