To say the last week has been tough on U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would be an understatement. There has been a lot of commentary on the web about Tester’s week.
What basically started the whole shebang is when Tester voted against the “Dream Act“ in the Senate. This angered the progressive left and led the founder of the Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas, to tweet on December 17, “Jon Tester to vote against DREAM. Good luck getting reelected, asshole.”
There were other comments found throughout the web about Montana’s junior senator, such as: “I thought he was different” and “This saddens me” to “How does he sleep at night” and finally someone just wrote, “Tester is a pig.”
It’s tough when someone you work so hard to get elected fails you, but Tester feels he has to move to the center to even have a slim chance of getting re- elected. There are just a few politicians who don’t change to get reelected. Sadly for the left, they found out Tester is not one of them.
This is something I predicted would happen with Tester. Back in November, I wrote:
The campaign plan for Tester is to move to the center and distance himself from the Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the Nancy Pelosi regime. Besides that, we’ll see many television spots with the famous Tester tractor in the background…
Obama, Reid and Pelosi all supported the “Dream Act.”
Tester had previously angered the people on the right with excessive spending (after vowing to stop the runaway spending) and being against earmarks before he was for them. Then he tried to get a bill that was never debated or voted on in the Senate or House slipped into the Omnibus bill.
Tester has no political friends at this time – nobody to stand up for him – and this is a tough time to be without friends when you are approaching an election.
Tester attempted to take the negative attention off him by introducing an “Airport Body Scanner Privacy Bill” in the lame-duck congress. The bill probably has little, if any, chance of passing in the late stages of the 111th Congress. Sadly, the media failed to ask him why he waited until the lame-duck session to introduce the bill or if it has any chances of passage at this late stage.
The bill will have to be reintroduced in the new Congress.
Meanwhile, it’s probably time to bring in the tractor for a photo op – and to shoot another video of Tester getting a haircut.
Prediction: The folks on the left are going to have more days like the “Dream Act” days with Senator Tester, as he has to act like an independent or moderate to have a chance of reelection. With their anger over his recent votes, the support they gave to Tester in 2006 will probably not be nearly as energized in 2012.