Lee Terry: The Times They Are A-Changin'by Kyle Michaelis
In an article focused largely on Terry's weak political standing, the Omaha World-Herald reports:
Terry generally is viewed as less of an ideologue and more of a moderate who Democrats can work with...That could be important if he holds onto his seat but Democrats take control of the House....
Terry agreed that his willingness to work with Democrats on some issues would be a boon if the Democrats do win the House Nov. 7. He said he's proven he can work with those from the other party, and if control changes, "Instead of wanting to do that, I'd have to do that."
This is a new one from Terry. It says a lot about the political climate in 2006 that Terry, in seeking his fifth term, is running on his supposed ability to work with Democrats rather than his record of voting the party line 94% of the time.
One could interpret Terry's new message as an appeal to Democratic voters, recognizing they are more charged up heading into Election Day and might give challenger Jim Esch a surprising boost at the polls. More likely, though, Terry's just saving face, trying to show that he could still acquire the influence and respect of his colleagues that has generally eluded him throughout his first eight years in Congress.