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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:33 PM

Bob Kerrey Changes His Mind, Will Run For NE Senate

The Washington Post reports that former Sen. Bob Kerrey will run for the Senate after previously indicating that he would not run. This is good news for Democrats, who felt that with Kerrey they have a chance of maintaining the seat being vacated by retiring Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson. Nebraska's filing deadline is this week.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/report-bob-kerrey-changes-his-mind-will-run

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Reply Bob Kerrey Changes His Mind, Will Run For NE Senate (Original post)
RandySF Feb 2012 OP
cthulu2016 Feb 2012 #1
spartan61 Feb 2012 #13
grantcart Feb 2012 #17
joeybee12 Feb 2012 #20
Brickbat Feb 2012 #31
Hawaii Hiker Feb 2012 #14
TheWraith Feb 2012 #30
joeybee12 Feb 2012 #22
earthside Feb 2012 #2
DallasNE Feb 2012 #19
Major Hogwash Feb 2012 #3
Bandit Feb 2012 #11
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2012 #4
Old and In the Way Feb 2012 #5
Aviation Pro Feb 2012 #6
Drunken Irishman Feb 2012 #7
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2012 #8
joeglow3 Feb 2012 #9
New Yawker Feb 2012 #12
joeglow3 Feb 2012 #16
hibbing Feb 2012 #18
LibDemAlways Feb 2012 #10
Aviation Pro Feb 2012 #26
grantcart Feb 2012 #15
joeybee12 Feb 2012 #21
emulatorloo Feb 2012 #23
DefenseLawyer Feb 2012 #24
emulatorloo Feb 2012 #29
safgertrt Feb 2012 #25
mahina Feb 2012 #27
Adenoid_Hynkel Feb 2012 #28

Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:35 PM

1. Any man that dated Debra Winger

must have something going for him.

(Yeah, he's too conservative but by Nebraska standards a DINO is better than nothing.)

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:13 PM

13. Kerrey dated Debra Winger???

I thought it was Jerry Brown who dated her.

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:05 PM

17. he dated her when she was filming 'Terms. .' When asked about it

He famously said "She swept me off my foot" (he had the lower part of one leg amputated in Vietnam).

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 06:10 PM

20. Jerry dated Linda Ronstadt...nt

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 04:23 PM

31. She lived with him in the governor's mansion!

He joked that she had a higher approval rating than he did.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:39 PM

14. He can't possibly be any more of a DINO

than Ben Nelson...Nelson might as well have an R after his name, there is NOTHING Democratic about him...

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Response to Hawaii Hiker (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 04:04 PM

30. You might want to check his actual voting record.

You'll find that your impression is wrong.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:37 PM

2. Well, good ... maybe.

This turnabout is kind of the problem with Bob Kerry.

He's kind of a 'Hamlet' politician.

He was very independent-minded when he was in the Senate previously.

I like him, but he has never reached what I thought was his political potential because of his "to be or not to be" persona.

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Response to earthside (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 06:05 PM

19. This Is A Good Summary

The biggest risk Republicans run in this race is overplaying their hand. Both major Republicans running will support the bill by Sen. Blount and will be certain to play the abortion/contraception card to the hilt so Kerrey needs to be well prepared for this assult.

Kerrey's big break in politics came when he was running for Governor and they hit him hard and often for anti-war views on Vietnam. After awhile Kerrey came out and said "I never said that and I have never held those views". Republicans pounced, calling Kerrey a liar. Since that was a serious charge the media asked for the proof. (They did that back then). Repubicans had the quotes right, there was just one problem. The remarks were made in Grand Island but by John Kerry speaking on behalf of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Historically, this seat has been the Omaha seat, dating back to at least Sen. Hruska, and the other seat has belonged to an out-State Senator. Both Republicans are out-State. Will this make a difference in a tight race? Who knows.

Frankly, I think Kerrey changed his mind because the prospects have changed over the last month or so, thanks to Republicans self-destructing nationally, and Obama's improved prospects. It will still be an uphill struggle for Kerrey because Nebraska has moved to the right since Kerrey was last in the Senate.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:39 PM

3. Wow, that made my day! Thanks RandySF.

I remember when the rightwingers vilified Bob Kerrey for being a Vietnam veteran.
Man, I hope this guy gets in to the Senate.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:08 PM

11. Even Republicans might have trouble vilifying a Medal of Honor holder..

He is very conservative, but not nearly as much as Ben Nelson.. We could do worse.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:53 PM

4. Good

Having a DINO will be better than having a completely nutty teabaggin' Republican in the Senate to replace Nelson. Between this news, Hoekstra's meltdown in Michigan, and that one Republican candidate's gaffe in NY about overturning Roe V. Wade ("nobody will miss it"), the Republicans seem on course for another "seizing defeat from the jaws of victory" moment in November. We may find holding the Senate a little easier than it looked initially. *fingers crossed*

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:04 PM

5. As good as we can expect from Nebraska.

It will be interesting to see how Kerrey votes in the Senate...he might be marginally better than Nelson. Assuming, of course, he gets elected.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:43 PM

6. MOH receipient, SEAL, ex-Governor, ex-Senator, university president....

...yep, he's getting a donation from me.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:45 PM

7. Good. This should make it more winnable.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:49 PM

8. At least Kerrey has some conviction

Ben Nelson just said "Aw crap, Nebraska Republicans will call me a commie, I better not vote with Democrats on any high profile issue".

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 01:54 PM

9. Here come the Swift Boaters

Will be interesting to see how this is handled, since it originally came out after he left office. Regardless, I am guessing we will see millions of right wing dollars coming into Nebraska:

http://brillwebsite.com/writings/kerrey.html

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:10 PM

12. Nah, all the right-wing dollars are tied up on Santorum

 

and Walker.

Kerrey should have a easy time getting his seat back.

I just hope he will turn progressive and help the working class and join the Progressive Democrats of America.

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Response to New Yawker (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:59 PM

16. Karl Rove's group has been dumping money here for a month now

He has already been flooding the radio and television waves with anti-Kerrey ads.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:55 PM

18. ugh

Hi,
I admire him personally, and like others have said, can't expect much from the state I love. However, he is going to get slammed by so much outside money it is going to be crazy. I'm dreading this campaign and him having to deal with all the fucksticks.

Peace

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:07 PM

10. He participated in the sham known as the 9/11 commission. However, as

most everyone here has pointed out, a DINO is marginally better than a Repuke, so I guess this is a good thing.

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Response to LibDemAlways (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 09:54 PM

26. He confronted a couple of pajama clad...

...Freepfucks if I remember correctly and walked out of the commission because he was so pissed off.

A pissed off SEAL is not something you want.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 02:56 PM

15. This is as big an indicator of how bad the Republican brand is

Doing as any poll.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 06:11 PM

21. He's better than Nelson, not by much, though...

I suppose he's the best we can hope for.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:15 PM

23. He's better than a Teabag Zealot, so that's worth something.

Seem smarter than Ben Nelson.

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 08:30 PM

24. My couch seems smarter than Ben Nelson n/t

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Response to DefenseLawyer (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 03:59 PM

29. . . .

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:47 AM

27. He's the guy who first said, "Santorum is Latin for asshole".

I liked him for that. Good luck buddy.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:49 AM

28. not a big fan, but better than a teabagger getting the seat

and he wouldn't be any worse than Nelson.

Status quo is preferable to a Republican pickup.

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