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  •  Kerrey (1+ / 0-)
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    Do not want.

    •  1 extra vote for Harry Reid as majority leader (7+ / 0-)

      And don't look now, but judging from the 2014 Senate landscape, we're going to need all the votes we can possibly get.

      •  That's what they said about this year... (2+ / 0-)
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        elwior, mskitty

        And we're likely to pick up 2-3 seats.

        •  True, but 2014 looks even worse (3+ / 0-)

          Even at our lowest point in this cycle we still had decent shots to win in AZ, MA, NV. In 2014 pretty much our only pickup opportunity is Kentucky, unless Susan Collins retires and gives us a gift there. Meanwhile we have seats in places like Alaska and Louisiana, much tougher terrain than North Dakota and Montana.

          •  What's Brewing in 2014? (2+ / 0-)
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            Alice Olson, PALiberal1

            We can't count on it, of course, but it seems as likely as not there will be a few arsenic teabags thrown into the 2014 brew.

            I say the experience of 2010 should have been suffient for the Republicans to realize that political incompetence is an impediment to electoral success.  But they were undeterred in 2012.

            The teabaggers will throw away a couple of Senate opportunities in 2014.  

        •  Yes, but 2014 looks real awful for the Senate... (3+ / 0-)

           All of the Senators that came in the record wave election of 2008 are up, and there are some Democratic senators in some very red states up for election, like Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc. I would not be surprised if we lose 5 seats that year (being a mid term and all).

           So, we should probably not be confident unless we get to 55 senators this term. Hats off to everyone doing GOTV in Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, etc.

      •  That's about all you can say for him. (0+ / 0-)

        And we might not even need him for that.  But I guess we're obligated to vote for him.  

        Don't expect him to confirm any Obama supreme court nominees that aren't centrist.

        •  Personally, I don't expect Obama to nominate (0+ / 0-)

          any Supreme court candidate who's not a centrist.  Do you?

          The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

          by Alice Olson on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 05:19:14 AM PDT

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    •  You have obviously not looked at the alternative (3+ / 0-)

      Deb Fischer is the other choice, a tea party type who has been counting on people in NE voting for her because of the R next to her name and by trying to paint Kerry as foreign because he lived in New York. So your preference to not have Kerry is not really based in the reality of the situation.

    •  Entitled to your opinion (5+ / 0-)

      but as a Nebraskan I can tell you from experience Kerrey would be light years ahead of Nelson. He has fought a relentless campaign here against truckloads of money from Rove types. Kerrey is incredibly informed on issues and was a good governor and 2 term senator. Fischer has never had an original thought in her life. If you like Inhofe you will love Fischer. You may be a purist like kos who disdains Kerrey because he less than a 100% firebrand liberal record but this is Nebraska, redneck Nebraska and you can't be like that and get elected here. If memory serves me he had something like a 90% liberal voting record and he's taken some courageous stands in this red state like against DOMA and he's against the balanced budget constitutional amendment that Fischer is pushing. He is against shipping soldiers to middle eastern wars (he's a medal of honor winner) and he supports Obamacare. If you want Elizabeth Warren go to Boston to vote but Kerrey would be a solid senator and he was recruited by Harry Reid and Schumer among others.

      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Kerrey is a professional pain in the ass, but he is not the standard issue conservative Democrat like Nelson is. Kerrey is way more eccentric. And he'll definitely take some positions that are well to the left of what's considered "acceptable."

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