We can now add Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to the shameless exploitation parade of progressives seeking to take political advantage of the tragedy in Tucson, AZ.

In the wake of the assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ), speaking before Center for American Progress, Kerry called for bipartisan support of one of his political goals including clean energy.

However, Kerry’s call for working across party lines was short-lived when the senator initiated a partisan attack against Republicans.

According to PoliticsDaily.com:

“In particular, the senator criticized Republicans for their reversal of support on certain key issues, including the individual mandate in health care reform (“Guess what — it started as a Republican idea — a pro-business idea,” he said) and cap and trade policy in energy reform (“another Republican idea based on market principles,” Kerry chided).  He continued, “On issue after issue, enduring consensus has been frayed or shredded by lust for power cloaked in partisan games.”

Kerry’s bipartisan whim was overwhelmed by his progressive urges.