5) The writing
So one thing we know for sure is that Mr. Rogers is one hell of a storyteller. Seriously, what we have here is good versus evil: A farm boy’s uphill battle against a corporate machine and a citizenry too frightened by scare tactics to join the rebellion. But sometimes it turns out the wizard is just a putz hiding behind a curtain. And after reading the following line, we start to lean toward the latter:
And this maverick, native son has come home like some Bruce Willis time-traveler, warning that change is needed to avoid a darker future for Nebraska and the nation.
Read that again — it’s kind of fun. This really is how Mr. Rogers envisions the scenario, and we can only imagine what role he imagines for himself in this futuristic science-fiction battle for the soul of America. Bad editing let this little glimmer of crazy get right onto the pages of Politico. Sure, they’ll protest and stammer and shoot off smoke and fireworks, just like the con man did when Toto caught him at work, but “Bob Kerrey’s Last Stand to Fix Washington” isn’t just a fluke: It’s a glimpse of what lies behind.
So no matter what the liberal media might holler, pay attention to the man behind the curtain.