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  •  I wonder if Bob Kerrey will want to give it (1+ / 0-)
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    another try for his old seat.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:25:30 AM PST

    •  I doubt it. (3+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, bear83, Involuntary Exile

      I think this past time was his last chance (which was small) to win.

    •  I want Scott Kleeb to run (5+ / 0-)

      I found his positions refreshing from Nebraska, though apparently not enough of his potential constituents did.  I would hope he's been doing good things since his failed previous runs for the federal seat.

      •  Maybe and if a teabagger like Jon Bruning gives it (4+ / 0-)

        another try, it might help Kleeb.  Fischer won because she kept her cool during the primary and let Bruning and Steinberg duke it out in the 2012 primary.

        Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

        by poopdogcomedy on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:31:25 AM PST

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        •  You're not around from these parts, are you? (1+ / 0-)
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          Burning and Stenberg (definitely not a Steinberg) were both lackluster candidates without a real base of support.  Fischer, on the other hand, had both Nebraska Right To Life and the Tea Party backing her.  She ran to the far right in the Primary then kept her lips zipped, except for the usual Republican platitudes and talking points, in the general.  It was no surprise she won, except maybe to the secular Republican establishment.

          "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

          by Involuntary Exile on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:26:14 AM PST

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      •  Per wikipedia (3+ / 0-)
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        Kleeb has been an adjunct professor of history at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Pioneer Solutions, a residential energy efficiency business located in Hastings.

        and his wife  Jane Fleming Kleeb founded the advocacy organization Bold Nebraska in 2009.  In 2011, she was a major figure in getting the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed path changed so that it did not go across Nebraska's Sandhills.  In a December 2011 interview with a local television station, she said that neither she nor her husband was considering running for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring senator Ben Nelson.

        "There is no barrier of people's acceptance. The only barrier is the media. Remember what people cannot see or hear, they cannot think about." - liner notes of Soft Cell's 'The Art of Falling Apart'.

        by dugjxn on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:34:52 AM PST

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        •  There's so few votes (2+ / 0-)
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          west of Lincoln, Nebraska that a Hastings (pop 24,000) resident starts out way behind.

          Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

          by 6412093 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:46:58 AM PST

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          •  Exactly so. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

            by Involuntary Exile on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:43:53 AM PST

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          •  That should not even be part of the equation (1+ / 0-)
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            unless the candidate does not intend to campaign. We saw how that played out in Ohio in 2010 when the U.S. Senate candidate came from the state's most populous county — and underperformed almost everyone else on the statewide ticket, including a candidate for state auditor (which no one knows what that office does) who came from the exact oppose end of the state and had never campaigned statewide before. In fact, that candidate — David Pepper — debunks this whole idea of needing to recruit someone who already has high statewide name recognition. Pepper actually got more votes than the governor as well in this deep blue county. He was the second highest county vote getter outside of Rich Cordray who was running for attorney general, and who was pretty well known statewide for his vigorous defense of consumer rights, both as AG and state treasurer. And like I said, he was a total unknown up here at the start of the campaign. I look forward to him running for AG himself next year.

            Jon Husted is a dick.

            by anastasia p on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:27:10 PM PST

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            •  Another point - while it may be the governor who (0+ / 0-)

              runs for the seat (and presumably he's learned to not say anti-woman screeds) there's no guarantee that a TEA partier might not make things difficult or that someone close to the governor might torpedo the race by alienating people in the lead-up to the election.  Weird, wacky stuff has happened in each of the last couple of elections leading to the Republicans losing seats they expected to win.  Give Republicans a reason to stay home and Democrats a reason to come vote, even if it's to vote against an odious Republican, and we might be able to get the seat.  I'll drop some coin into the bucket.

    •  Kerrey (2+ / 0-)
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      Couldn't we run somebody good instead?

      As noted above, Heineman is extremely likely to win. But this race can be used as an educational tool. The Democrats should find some Professor of Agriculture who understands climate change and the vulnerability of the Ogalalla aquifer to the Keystone pipeline, and tell him to talk about nothing else.

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