Kos, after the DREAM act died:
Anybody who votes to punish innocent kids is an asshole. Plain and simple. And while I expect it from Democrats like Ben Nelson and C-Street denizen Mark Pryor, I honestly thought Jon Tester was different. I was wrong. I am now embarrassed that I worked so hard to help get him elected in 2006. I feel personally betrayed.
Not only will I do absolutely nothing to help his reelection bid, but I will take every opportunity I get to remind people that he is so morally bankrupt that he’ll try to score political points off the backs of innocent kids who want to go to college or serve their country in the military.
To me, he is the Blanche Lincoln of 2012 — the Democrat I will most be happy to see go down in defeat. And he will. Nothing guarantees a Republican victory more than trying to pretend to be one of them.
Here’s Tester’s opponent, Denny Rehberg:
Rehberg spoke Monday before the state legislature. As the Helena Independent Record reports. “When I first heard his decision, like many of you I wanted to take action immediately,” Rehberg said. “I asked: How can we put some of these judicial activists on the Endangered Species list?”
The DREAM act was never going to make it past cloture – it went down 55-41. Nelson and Tester voted against cloture, and brave Joe Manchin ran away, but even if all three flipped, not a single Republican was ready to let the DREAM act pass. So Tester decided to take one vote off the table for his tough re-election campaign. And that’s enough for Kos to be “happy” to see him replaced with an asshole who thinks it’s a good idea to make a crack like that less than a month after what happened in Tucson.
Jon Tester is as good as it gets in Montana, and he might just squeak out a win in a Presidential election year with enough money and support. If progressives can’t tolerate the Testers of the Senate, we’re going to get Rehbergs, and things are going to be a hell of a lot worse. If you think I’m wrong, take a look at a map and tell me where Democrats are going to pick up another rural red state Senator to replace Tester.
Update: Commenter Wulfgar points to this post at his blog, where he makes this point:
After spending maybe a total of 5 hours in the Jon’s presence, I voted for him knowing that he and I disagree on the issue of any amnesty for illegal aliens. Markos Moulitsas spent much more time than that with Jon Tester while finishing his book, Crashing the Gates.Yet somehow, what was clear to me was lost on Kos. Tester was not going to vote for amnesty, and a look at his voting record shows clearly that indeed he has not.