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Public Policy Polling (pdf). 3/22-25. Nebraska voters. MoE ±3.1% (±4.7% for Republican primary sample). (9/30-10/2 in parentheses):
Bob Kerrey (D): 37
Jon Bruning (R): 54
Undecided: 9

Bob Kerrey (D): 38
Don Stenberg (R): 52
Undecided: 10

Bob Kerrey (D): 38
Deb Fischer (R): 48
Undecided: 14

Jon Bruning (R): 46 (37)
Don Stenberg (R): 18 (16)
Deb Fischer (R): 12 (14)
Pat Flynn (R): 4 (6)
Sharyn Elander (R): 3 (--)
Spencer Zimmerman (R): 0 (--)
Undecided: 18 (27)
For a while after Ben Nelson's retirement decision, conventional wisdom started to form that Democrats would be better off with ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey anyway; after all, Kerrey was popular during his Senatorial days, and he didn't have the stench of the "Cornhusker Kickback" or any of Nelson's other cattle-trading activities on him. Those assumptions, though, didn't have any polling backing them, and now thanks to Public Policy Polling's first look at the race since Kerrey got in, I think we can close the book on that idea.

A couple problems from the Kerrey-as-savior idea are that, a) he's been out of office for 12 years, and even one year is a lifetime in politics; 12 and you might as well have never existed. And b) he's spent most of that intervening time in New York City (part of that as president of the New School), something that Republicans have already been eager to mention in advertising and to litigate, in their court challenges to his residency (which were so bogus that they've already failed, but they got the headlines they wanted). So, long story short, if not a lot of people remember you, and then your first real exposure to them is stories about your awkward decision-making/rollout process and your parachuting in from out-of-state, you're basically starting DOA.

As a result, Kerrey finds himself trailing probable GOP nominee and state AG Jon Bruning by 17 points; he even trails little-known state Sen. Deb Fischer by 10. Ben Nelson, by contrast, was only down 4 to Bruning in PPP's previous Nebraska poll from October. That sample didn't poll Kerrey or any other alternates in head-to-heads, since Nelson was acting like he was running for reelection at that point, but it did take down Kerrey favorables, which at that point were 39/34. Everyone who's learned about Kerrey since then has formed negative impressions, though; now he's at 36/51. (Critically, he's dropped from 47/24 to 36/38 among independents; given the large registration advantage for GOPers here, he needs to have a big advantage among indies to have a shot at this.)

Despite taking some fire on his right from Beltway astroturfers like FreedomWorks, Bruning is dominating the Republican field. He's at 46 to his nearest competitor, state Treasurer (and preferred tea partiers' choice) Don Stenberg, at 18. With Kerrey looking less imposing than Nelson, his primary rivals failing to gain any traction, and his minor scandals of last year fading in the media's rear view mirror (as can be seen in his rising favorables, from 32/38 up to a current 39/35),  Bruning is looking like the betting favorite to succeed Nelson.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM PDT.

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  •  Good. (3+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, TimmyB, RickD

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:44:47 AM PDT

  •  This is really unfortunate (7+ / 0-)

    Hopefully Kerrey can keep fundraising up in Nebraska, benefit from President Obama playing hard in Omaha (as his campaign team says he will), and score some hits on the enticingly flawed Atty. Gen. Bruning. In fact, hopefully Bruning won't be the nominee, because his rivals look weaker than he does.

    But make no mistake, we are really likely to lose this seat. Hopefully we can convert some of the opportunities we have in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Indiana, and Arizona; give Republicans enough of a scare that they have to spend a bit of money in non-competitive contests like Utah and Tennessee; and hold onto our more marginal seats in Montana, North Dakota, and Missouri; without letting our narrow advantages in Wisconsin, Virginia, and Florida slip any; or our likely holds in Ohio, New Mexico, Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota get into the danger zone.

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:53:12 AM PDT

  •  It's early and if Kerry (14+ / 0-)

    draws R money as he has, it will serve a purpose.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:56:38 AM PDT

    •  he'd be drawing D money too (3+ / 0-)
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      by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:06:49 AM PDT

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      •  On Republican turf (0+ / 0-)

        If the playing field is in places like Nebraska I think the democrats will do fine. If its in places like OH, WI, CT, PA, and democratic turf like in 2010 the dems are in trouble.

        This seat was lost a long time ago. Kerrey won't win and Nelson wasn't going to either.

        If Kerrey can draw money into NE its a victory. Just another dollar not aimed at Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, or helping Scott Brown.

    •  Yes, this thing has a VERY long way to go. (14+ / 0-)

       Kerrey has some real substance, a great life story, including his heroism in Vietnam, his terrible injury, which stopped him not at all, and a real Populist appeal.
         He's been gone for a time, and it's going to take a little while to reintroduce himself, but when he does, he'll catch on big time.
        In the end this will be a close race, and if Kerrey wins it'll be like picking up a seat because Ben Nelson is essentially a Republican.
         Kerrey is not a Progressive in a conventional sense, but he's smart and principled. He's a good fit for Nebraska, and a far more reliable Democrat than Nelson.

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      by elwior on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:17:05 AM PDT

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      •  We had a great candidate in Scott Kleeb (4+ / 0-)

        He got crushed in a good year for Dems.

        •  Kleeb wasn't that great. (1+ / 0-)
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          His only claim to fame was a not-catastrophic loss in the most Republican district in the state in 2006. And yeah, 2008 was a good year for us nationwide, but we didn't make much of a dent in Nebraska. Kleeb was going up against a popular Governor and Secretary of Agriculture.

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          by HoosierD42 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:35:52 PM PDT

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        •  Why do you think he was great? (5+ / 0-)

          On the ground he seemed too young, too inexperienced, and didn't seem to have strong state connections.
          His wife would be a far better candidate, imo, probably in a few years. She's building a strong network and a strong history of activism.

          What we really need in Nebraska is an infusion of that "50 State Strategy" to help build the party up from the ground level.

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          by sillia on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:46:20 PM PDT

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      •  not sure his Vietnam service involved (0+ / 0-)

        much heroism, exactly.

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        by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:16:57 PM PDT

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        •  How about this (3+ / 0-)
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          His Medal of Honor citation reads:

          Medal of Honor
          For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a SEAL team leader during action against enemy aggressor (Viet Cong) forces. Acting in response to reliable intelligence, Lt. (j.g.) Kerrey led his SEAL team on a mission to capture important members of the enemy's area political cadre known to be located on an island in the bay of Nha Trang. In order to surprise the enemy, he and his team scaled a 350-foot sheer cliff to place themselves above the ledge on which the enemy was located. Splitting his team in 2 elements and coordinating both, Lt. (jg.) Kerrey led his men in the treacherous downward descent to the enemy's camp. Just as they neared the end of their descent, intense enemy fire was directed at them, and Lt. (jg.) Kerrey received massive injuries from a grenade that exploded at his feet and threw him backward onto the jagged rocks. Although bleeding profusely and suffering great pain, he displayed outstanding courage and presence of mind in immediately directing his element's fire into the heart of the enemy camp. Utilizing his radio, Lt. (jg.) Kerrey called in the second element's fire support, which caught the confused Viet Cong in a devastating crossfire. After successfully suppressing the enemy's fire, and although immobilized by his multiple wounds, he continued to maintain calm, superlative control as he ordered his team to secure and defend an extraction site. Lt. (jg.) Kerrey resolutely directed his men, despite his near unconscious state, until he was eventually evacuated by helicopter. The havoc brought to the enemy by this very successful mission cannot be over-estimated. The enemy soldiers who were captured provided critical intelligence to the allied effort. Lt. (jg.) Kerrey's courageous and inspiring leadership, valiant fighting spirit, and tenacious devotion to duty in the face of almost overwhelming opposition sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

          "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

          by elwior on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:29:28 PM PDT

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          •  but there's also the murder of innocent civilians (0+ / 0-)

            which I think outweighs any award

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            by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:34:20 PM PDT

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            •  Oh Cool (2+ / 0-)
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              A Swiftboater on DKos.

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              by bgblcklab1 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:25:16 PM PDT

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              •  Actually, it isn't Swiftboating. I too wondered (2+ / 0-)
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                sapelcovits, jncca

                if maybe the revelations a number of years ago about what happened in Vietnam with Kerrey might be impacting his numbers.  You seem to be out of date about this so you might want to research it a bit.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for the Thanh Phong Massacre and the truth of what happened became public so I would say that is why he decided to not seek re-election in 2000.  With John Kerry the Republicans lied like Reagan, with Bob they won't have to bend the truth much.

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                by msstaley on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 09:22:26 PM PDT

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    •  R Money >>>>> D Money in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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      We need to pinch every penny, they can spend at will. Dems shouldn't spend a dime there unless Kerrey pulls to within mid-single digits in the public polling on his own.

      (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

      by TrueBlueDem on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:33:29 AM PDT

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    •  OR if he wins that would be even better (0+ / 0-)

      Bob Kerry ain't no Bernie Sanders but Bernie Sanders couldn't win in NE.  I think the Republicans candidates are scary enough to give this to the Dems.

      The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

      by bgblcklab1 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:21:33 PM PDT

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  •  Didn't Gary Hart Ponder A Comeback in 2004? (1+ / 0-)
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    Until he saw his poll numbers and decided he'd stay retired?  No matter how high-profile the pol, it seems would-be comebacks more than a decade after their heyday are rare to pull off.   Then again, that doesn't explain Jerry Brown and Terry Branstad.

  •  This ain't over til it's over... (4+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY, KellyB, dirtfarmer, Larsstephens

    Did PPP use land lines only?  If so, that would skew the poll as mostly elderly people have land lines, and the elderly in Nebraska are Republicans for the most part.  The Omaha World Herald touted Bruning having an 'impact' at the Supreme Court Hearings on ObamaCare, where other not so partisan sites say Bruning has a seat in the balcony.  Bruning is one mean S.O.B. who has lots of questionable baggageand this ain't over til it's over.  

    •  PPP has been using land lines only (2+ / 0-)
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      ever since they started polling, and they've been very accurate.  Not sure why Nebraska would be any different.

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      by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:18:08 PM PDT

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      •  I'm old and have a landline (2+ / 0-)
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        and I live in Nebraska.  Have four children, four in-laws, and 5 grandchldren, none of whom have land lines and all are Democrats.  I do understand that there is a 'quotient' built into land line polls factoring in those w/o landlines, but I don't think Kerrey can be counted out just yet based on a land line poll.  

        •  PPP has been right in most of their polls (2+ / 0-)
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          sapelcovits, EmmaPie

          and they've done it without polling cell phones.  Unless Nebraska has an unusually high percentage of users with only cell phones (which I don't find to be a believable premise), I trust them.

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          by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:35:21 PM PDT

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        •  SurveyUSA regularly polls cellphone-only people (0+ / 0-)

          and they don't really find it making a huge difference.

          22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 05:46:09 PM PDT

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    •  If he's doing that badly, American Crossroads (2+ / 0-)
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      has been spending an awful lot of money.  Also, the Republicans went to court to try to keep him off the ballot and ended up appealing to the State Supreme Court so they seem at least concerned.

      And I was called via landline last week by PPP and answered questions about Kerrey and other things.  

      "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

      by Leftovers on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 07:49:42 PM PDT

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  •  Saves the Dems a lot of money (1+ / 0-)
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    Democrats will be swamped in the money race this year, so we're the ones who need to be saving up "for the right races". Nebraska was going to be to the Dems what NJ or CA are to the GOP, so I welcome this early splash of cold water to the face.

    (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

    by TrueBlueDem on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:31:30 AM PDT

  •  Meh. (2+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, jncca

      I am not even sure I wanted him to rescue me anyway. Students for a New American Politics!

    by redrelic17 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:35:52 AM PDT

  •  Fuck that state. (2+ / 1-)
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    TofG, EmmaPie
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    Obama is at war with radical anti-American terrorists. The radical GOP is at war with American women. Take that and run with it DNC, you inept fucking pikers.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:52:36 AM PDT

  •  The real "good news" about Kerrey (1+ / 0-)
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    marty marty

    If he wins, he'll only fuck us on the important stuff.

  •  My thoughts on this state were pretty much (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Odysseus, AnnieR, killjoy

    the same as they were when Kerrey was first mentioned. He's got no shot whatsoever. Dems know it. Republicans know it. Basically, Brunning is gonna have to get caught with a live boy or a dead girl to lose this election.

    Just putting a warm body on the ballot does have its merits, however.

  •  Have these people polled not been paying (0+ / 0-)

    attention to what the Republicans have been doing to our states and country?  The disconnect is disconcerting.

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    by AnnieR on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:46:53 PM PDT

  •  I still want him to run. (2+ / 0-)
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    I suspect he's the strongest Dem, though I'm willing to be shown otherwise.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:59:05 PM PDT

  •  He's riding to the rescue, but might not arrive (2+ / 0-)
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    bgblcklab1, dirtfarmer

    in time.  When I saw the headline I thought you were saying he had pulled out of the race.  I'd like to think he's still got time to make the push.

  •  Well, the polling is still early (0+ / 0-)

    Would Kerrey have any advantages because of his senority? Or is the senority he earned gone?

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    by JamieG from Md on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:11:11 PM PDT

  •  Hamlet's Return (0+ / 0-)

    This is so tiresome and it seems to happen every time with Kerrey.  He treats these decisions like 9 episode miniseries and perceives in them a drama that no one else does.  

    He pondered a run in 2008 for so long that it essentially screwed up the race, since no other NE Democrat was going to the enter the race if he was going to enter.  Then he decided that it just wasn't the right time.  So I thought he wasn't serious this time, except he decided to at the 11th hour, after giving an "all clear" to another candidate, Chuck Hassebrook who then passed up a filing deadline for continuing as a Nebraska regent.  Kind of a jerk move, however you slice it, but it doesn't speak to very clear thinking.

    He also spent a bit of 2008 praising John McCain for his maverick credentials.  

    This is the grim truth of it: in Kerrey, we have someone entirely oblivious to the needs and timetables of others.  That will probably include his fellow Nebraskans.  While I don't think 2012 is going to be a bad year, Senate-wise, I see little hope here.  A candidate away so long would inevitably face a challenge, but Kerrey seems to find ways to magnify the inherent problems of being a Democrat in Nebraska.

    •  Yeah Hassebrook got run over (0+ / 0-)

      Why Kerrey jumped in at the last minute is beyond me. Hassebrook pulled out of a lot of resume building, and important positions to run. Only to be kicked to the curb. Now he's basically jobless. If Kerrey doesn't pull this off, there is going to be a lot of ill will toward him.

      Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely - Lord Acton

      by Shishkabugs on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:34:54 PM PDT

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  •  Giving up before the campaign starts saves time nt (0+ / 0-)

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 04:29:30 PM PDT

  •  Bob Kerrey is overhyped . . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . Heidi Heitkamp is underhyped, the sky is blue, and water is wet.

    29, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. Mitt Romney: the Kama Sutra candidate. There's no position he hasn't tried!

    by The Caped Composer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 06:49:59 PM PDT

  •  I may have been part of this poll...was (2+ / 0-)
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    polled by PPP last week and was very impressed with their polling.  Of course, I would have been an atypical voter. There was a question about whether you had a good or bad impression of NYC....I was born there and would have liked it anyway.  I choose Kerrey over all the Republican candidates.

    "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

    by Leftovers on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 07:43:58 PM PDT

  •  Kerrey's residency? (0+ / 0-)

    Back in 2000 I thought the Democrats should challenge Cheney's residency, saying he was really from Texas, not Wyoming.  Then Texas's electors couldn't vote for both him and Bush.  Probably just as well it didn't happen; we could've had Joe Lieberman as VP.

  •  All the more reason to elect these women (1+ / 0-)
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    to the US Senate this year:

    Elizabeth Warren - MA
    Tammy Baldwin - WI
    Shelley Berkley - NV
    Heidi Heitkamp - ND
    Mazie Hirono - HI
    Susan Bysiewicz - CT

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 07:46:33 PM PDT

    •  I concur with all on that list except . . . (4+ / 0-)
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      . . . Susan Bysiewicz. During 2010, she demonstrated that she did not have the chops to run a tight campaign. Chris Murphy, by contrast, is a skilled campaigner who has overcome negative ads in a swingy district. He is much better equipped to handle the onslaught of Linda McMahon's money (or the reverence for Chris Shays' moderation, but I doubt he'll get the GOP nomination, due to McMahon's aforementioned money).

      29, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. Mitt Romney: the Kama Sutra candidate. There's no position he hasn't tried!

      by The Caped Composer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:18:15 PM PDT

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    •  Susan B (1+ / 0-)
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      polls far worse than Murphy and is no more progressive.

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      by jncca on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 11:52:34 PM PDT

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  •  Bob Kerrey (0+ / 0-)

    looks like the scary dude from the Da Vinci Code...

  •  The Sage of Omaha is sitting there, a cupla (1+ / 0-)
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    diaries down.

    Just sayin.

  •  Sorry to hear this, (2+ / 0-)
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    but it comes at a time that underlines something I've been fighting on the SCOTUS health care thread tonight.  There are those there who say if only Obama had gone for single payer.  I've been in a couple of skirmishes over that tonight, including one that told me that the blue dogs wouldn't have been an issue if only Obama was a better leader, and better used his 2008 mandate.

    I tell you, drives me crazy.  As this article points out, Ben Nelson, for as big of a pain in the ass as he was to all we progressives, was as a democrat, an exception to what could be expected from his district.  

    Yes, he was a blue dog, one that pissed me off plenty.  But at least we had his vote most of the time.  And now, we're going to get a republican in his place.  No big surprise.  And it's not Kerry's fault.  In another district, there'd be more choices than a guy 12 years out of the business.  But not in Ben Nelson's district.  He held his seat ONLY by being a blue dog.

    So imo, it's time we accept that if someone blue wins a seat in a red district, that someone ain't going to be part of the progressive caucus.  

  •  any actual Democrats from Nebraska (0+ / 0-)

    who can run?

    This talk of Bob Kerrey makes about as much sense as the Red Sox thinking they can bring in Roger Clemens to win the World Series in 2012.

  •  What happened to the 50 state strategy (0+ / 0-)

    Brunning is a RW loon and needs to be exposed as such.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 07:48:37 PM PDT

    •  I get the impression . . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . . that, in a state as red as Nebraska, that's not a bug, it's a feature.

      29, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. Mitt Romney: the Kama Sutra candidate. There's no position he hasn't tried!

      by The Caped Composer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 07:57:45 PM PDT

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    •  Rahm and obama's team didn't like Dean's 50 state (1+ / 0-)
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      strategy.  Neither did the clinton's.  Thus the DNC, DSCC, DCCC isn't really recruiting.  they make sure that they keep incumbents.  

      Why go ask Kerrey to run again?  They did the same in the state of Georgia asking the former governor to run again.  Bad idea.  We lost to a GOP Rep that had to quit congress on an ethics charge.  We need fresh new people and the democrats are not looking for good fresh blood.

      Anybody who wants to run will have to find a way to finance their own campaign with no help from the DNC, DSCC, DCCC or Obama.  They will keep all of their money for themselves.

  •  Good thing they threw the enw guy under the bus (0+ / 0-)

    Heckuvajob, Democratic Party elites! You bigfooted a guy who cares enough about the state to live there! For what? Another member of the Pain Caucus?

    And what do we get? Senator Rip Van Winkle who is still riding the deficit reduction hobby horse he on in the last century. He cares very much about  statistic! Never mind that the unemployment statistic (it's high) reflects real suffering by Americans today. As in now.

    Senator Van Winkle wants to prioritize the deficit statistic, which reflects a number of other statistics. Even if his austerity path inflicts more pain on the American people.

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    by AlphaLiberal on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:04:53 PM PDT

  •  It's not a lost cause (2+ / 0-)
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    dirtfarmer, KingofSpades

    Brunings scandals, while mild on the national stage, will hurt him as the campaign unfolds.

    The biggest will be his involvement with Nelnet. He forgave millions in a lawsuit, then bought a lake side home with their executives.

    Also he has become very, very, rich while serving as our AG. He claims he has made some good investments. Yea, right.

    In Nebraska, that's not tolerable. It reeks of corruption. Dems need to play that on a continuous loop. It will be hard, but not completely out of reach.

    Bruning also endorsed the Ryan/Romney plan. Folks here won't like that one bit!

    Kerrey will disappoint the liberals, as did Nelson, but I gotten use to that.

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    KingofSpades, Christopher Walker

    right now. Jumped in at the last minute, undercut Hassebrook, gave the Repubs a lot of free pub with his clumsy residency filing.

    Don't count him out just yet. If he's within single digits by August, he's got a good chance.

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