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  •  Guys, I was ready to just let the Republicans (6+ / 0-)

    have the seat rather than work to re-elect Ben Nelson (although I would have voted for him). However, Deb Fischer is beyond awful. Do you want to see a Michelle Bachmann clone in the Senate? Because she would be.

    Honestly, I think that Bob Kerrey will be better than a lot of people think. He's lived in New York a long time.  His wife is a New Yorker through and through. I think that Bob may couch moderate (and even some liberal) stances in conservative language because he has to.

    Which isn't to say that he'll be super liberal. But I honestly don't think he'll be a corporate whore like Ben Nelson was.

    •  Just compare him to the other candidate (2+ / 0-)
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      and make your decision on that basis; not who would be your perfect candidate.  Also, the Kos' of the world need to realize a D in NE or Mt is different from those on the coast.  They have to be or they would be extinct.

    •  not a corporate whore? really? (0+ / 0-)

      the guy who wants to cut entitlements and argued for ending new deal bank regulations in '99?

      there's an argument for kerrey, but let's be honest about what we'd get with him in the senate.

      •  "There's an argument for Kerrey"? (0+ / 0-)

        Really, ya think?

        What exactly is the argument for Fischer?

        It's not Kerrey or Russ Feingold. It's a choice between a far-from-perfect Dem and a CRAZY TEABAGGER.

        I get the criticism about Kerrey but Jesus, let's be real here: everyone should be rooting very hard for him to beat his insane opponent.

        Obama said knock you out.

        by samlang on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 11:24:22 AM PDT

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        •  the house and the senate work very differently (0+ / 0-)

          were we discussing a house race that could mean control of the chamber, there would be no counterargument to fighting for kerrey. in the senate, however, the difference between 56 and 57 senators is not as important, and the power of individual senators vis a vis the leadership is far greater, so someone like kerrey could be more of a headache, and do more damage to the democratic brand on social security and medicare. so one could argue that fischer would do more damage to the republican party than the democratic one, in terms of messaging and discipline, even while she'd be worse in terms of votes. i can see both sides of this.

          but getting back to my initial point, claiming the man would be less of a corporate whore than ben nelson simply isn't supported by the evidence.

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