Employing a confusing metaphor initially intended to argue against environmental regulations, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) wound up comparing welfare recipients to raccoons scavenging for insects.

Bruning is widely considered among the top contenders to replace Nebraska's retiring Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson.

This video was captured by liberal advocacy group American Bridge 21st Century, published to YouTube on August 7, 2011.

(H/T: TPM)

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly listed Nelson as a Republican.