WASHINGTON – It was the best of times, the worst of times…
Or so it went yesterday for Senator John Kerry.
Yesterday afternoon, the Massachusetts Democrat emerged from a meeting on energy and climate change.
“I just left one of the most motivating, energized, and even inspirational caucuses that I’ve been a part of since I’ve been here in the Senate for 26 years,” he said, in a transcript sent out by his staff at 3:08 p.m.
About two and a half hours later, the tenor for the senator had changed dramatically.
“This is one of the worst moments I’ve seen in 25 years in the United States Senate,” he said in a statement. That comment came after Senate Democrats failed to break a Republican filibuster that would have extended unemployment benefits.
And for any noting the discrepancy over how long Kerry has been in the Senate, he was sworn into office in January 1985. So he’s been a senator for 25 1/2 years.
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