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Bob Kerrey’s Senate bid is an uphill climb
Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2012 | Karen Tumulty

Posted on 07/22/2012 4:47:07 PM PDT by Seizethecarp

He was a heartland heartthrob: a Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam; a self-made millionaire; a brainy governor whose approval rating topped 70 percent; a Democrat who won a landslide election to the Senate in a year when Michael Dukakis failed to get even 40 percent of Nebraska’s vote for president. Oh, and he dated one of the biggest movie stars of the day, Debra Winger.

Now, after living in New York City for more than 10 years, Kerrey has returned and is trying to win back his old Senate seat. But it has been nearly two decades since his name last appeared on the general-election ballot in Nebraska, and his past glories here are as faded as those old campaign T-shirts. Even Leistritz said she does not know whether she will vote for him.

At the moment, Kerrey is running well behind a state senator, Deb Fischer, who stunned the Nebraska political establishment by defeating two better-funded and better-known candidates in the Republican primary in May.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: bobkerrey; harryreid; obama

1 posted on 07/22/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

Bob Kerrey needs to stay the heck out of politics. He thinks we have all forgotten his record and his past. We haven’t. He is also a war criminal as far as I am concerned: all those civilians that his outfit killed in Vietnam were no accident and the navy covered it up.


2 posted on 07/22/2012 4:53:13 PM PDT by Chainmail (Warfare is too serious to be left to the amateurs)
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To: Seizethecarp
At the moment, Kerrey is running well behind a state senator, Deb Fischer, who stunned the Nebraska political establishment by defeating two better-funded and better-known candidates in the Republican primary in May.

Oddly, the article never mentions why Deb Fischer won that primary, even though that should be relevant given their mention of her "two better-funded and better-known" primary opponents. Are they afraid to mention the momma grizzly powerhouse who turned that primary election around with one well-deserved endorsement? I'm not at all happy that my top choice stayed out of the presidential election this year, but I'm still wondering if it was the right decision. The far left media would have made her the only issue, one that they have sufficient control over to twist beyond recognition, instead of the economy as the central issue, where there are limits on how much they can lie. If republicans retake the Senate with conservative republicans, and win the White House (even if it's only Romney), I'll admit that she made the right call.

3 posted on 07/22/2012 4:58:39 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Seizethecarp
Medal of Honor recipient.

It ain't a contest, honey.
4 posted on 07/22/2012 5:18:22 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Seizethecarp
Looks like being a "heartland heartthrob" doesn't buy all that much in NYC.


5 posted on 07/22/2012 5:22:41 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SJSAMPLE

Says an awful lot about how they think.


6 posted on 07/22/2012 5:24:36 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Seizethecarp

I spent 15 months on the island (Hon Tre) where Bob did the event for which he was awarded the MOH. Now it has a very upscale resort with a tram connecting it to the mainland.


7 posted on 07/22/2012 5:26:55 PM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Seizethecarp

I spent 15 months on the island (Hon Tre) where Bob did the event for which he was awarded the MOH. Now it has a very upscale resort with a tram connecting it to the mainland.


8 posted on 07/22/2012 5:28:03 PM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Freedom4US
a self-made millionaire; Bob did not become a millionaire by himself..
9 posted on 07/22/2012 5:30:20 PM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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To: Seizethecarp

Bob Kerrey.. I remember they always said about him, “He talks like Ronald Reagan and votes like Teddy Kennedy.”
He’s been a sneaky, lying p.o.s. from the beginning.


10 posted on 07/22/2012 5:33:27 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Seizethecarp

Kerrey was a popular Gov because 25 years ago he posed as a conservative Democrat, like many Nebraskans.

He doesn’t get a free ride because he is a former seal any more than Tom Osborne (former Congressman, legendary Cornhuskers football head coach) got a free ride when he supported illegals getting free college tuition. He was promptly booted by the voters for this.

I am happy that Kerrey is losing. I have alot of pride in Nebraskans and their values. It was a great place to grow up.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 5:43:04 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Seizethecarp

Soon to become a downward spiral..
Nebr. friends say “he fooled us before, just like Ben Nelson”


12 posted on 07/22/2012 5:46:15 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: JoanneSD

He didn’t do that! /s


13 posted on 07/22/2012 5:48:18 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Pollster1

Are the Libs making Deb Fischer out to be a psycho like they did with Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell?

It seems like a formula they enjoy using to make female tea party candidates look like lunatics.


14 posted on 07/22/2012 5:48:28 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Pollster1

Remember the days after Fischer won the primary and surprised the pundits? The media whores were all wetting themselves with glee about how Kerrey had a real chance to win the seat because the right wingers had nominated a TEA party candidate.


15 posted on 07/22/2012 5:54:13 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: JoanneSD

“a self-made millionaire; Bob did not become a millionaire by himself..”

No one is a “self-made millionaire” unless they EARNED that money long before they were subject to bribes.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 6:07:58 PM PDT by BobL
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To: submarinerswife
Are the Libs making Deb Fischer out to be a psycho like they did with Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell? It seems like a formula they enjoy using to make female tea party candidates look like lunatics.

They are waiting to choose their targets, but she might make the list. They can only get away with trashing one or two republicans per election. Palin was the 2008 target. Angle and O’Donnell were 2012, and they plan to choose carefully for this election, based both on the available material and the competitiveness of the races. My guess: it'll be women they portray as unstable. Liberals "love" women the same way they "love" blacks and Hispanics - under the government's thumb and dependent. The far left hates strong, successful women even more than they hate successful minorities.

17 posted on 07/22/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Seizethecarp; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
While I honor Bob Kerrey's Medal of Honor military service to our nation... I would not vote for him even if the Democrats held an AR-15 to my head.
18 posted on 07/22/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Seizethecarp
Kerrey’s wife, former “Saturday Night Live” writer Sarah Paley, describing Nebraskans as though they were an alien species to someone with New York sensibilities.

“The Midwest is a strange land for an Easterner of my ilk,” Paley wrote. “Midwesterners even have their own language. They say ‘pop’ for soda, ‘sack’ for bag, ‘billfold’ for wallet. They do not worry. They do not suffer from guilt.”

What the hell is wrong with that?? She sounds like a snot.

19 posted on 07/22/2012 6:11:56 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: JoanneSD

Somebody else made that happen?


20 posted on 07/22/2012 6:35:31 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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To: Freedom4US

Many people make that mistake.
I’ve got 16 years of service and I used to make that mistake, too.


21 posted on 07/22/2012 6:55:41 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Seizethecarp

Clearly with the MOH it shows he has great physical courage, but from his voting record, very little moral courage.


22 posted on 07/22/2012 7:33:20 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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I do volunteer work for the Fischer campaign and the Democrats have nothing to offer except a lame “grazing subsidies” attack which the gov’t has been offering for years to all farmers/ranchers.

...and it ain’t sticking...it’s backfiring.

Kerry realizes that it’s not 1992 anymore. Things have changed. We now have social media, a new generation of voters who know almost nothing of Kerry, a Tea Party, a large (engergised) conservative base and Sarah Palin. All he’s got are his past glories (but a microscope reveals a liberal voting record) and “throw something against the wall until it sticks” attacks.

...and it ain’t working...he’s floundering.

Polls have Kerry anywhere from 18-25 points behind. Outside the Omaha metro, Deb’s got a solid base in the central/western parts of Nebraska. She’s focusing on the high GOP centers now. Bolstering her efforts are large superpacs spending lots of money for her benefit.


23 posted on 07/22/2012 7:35:10 PM PDT by ak267 (The Law Of the Sea Treaty...LOST...must be defeated...CALL YOUR SENATORS!!!)
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To: Seizethecarp

Clearly with the MOH it shows he has great physical courage, but from his voting record, very little moral courage.


24 posted on 07/22/2012 7:35:15 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: BobL

According to Obama, there are no ‘self-made’ millionaires.


25 posted on 07/22/2012 7:36:39 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: submarinerswife

” She sounds like a snot. “

She would say “naso-pharyngeal mucosal mass”.

Or “booger”.


26 posted on 07/22/2012 8:12:12 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Seizethecarp

Skeletor gonna lose soooo baaaaadd......


27 posted on 07/22/2012 8:20:26 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; perfect_rovian_storm; ...

Deb Fischer, Kerrey’s challenger, rode in on the backs of the Tea Party to win the primary. Tea Party enthusiasm will lead her to a double digit defeat of Kerrey.

This seat was going GOP no matter who won the primary and who the Rat candidate was, but it’s great to have a solid conservative like Fischer going to DC.


28 posted on 07/22/2012 8:53:51 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: submarinerswife

What is with this woman?

Midwesterners have their own language???

Midwesterners do not worry??? They do not suffer from guilt???

What in the sam hill is she talking about?? Should Midwesterners suffer from guilt??? What kind of guilt??? Do only New Yorkers such as her know what people should be guilty about??? What the heck????

His wife is not going to win him any votes that’s for sure.


29 posted on 07/22/2012 8:54:54 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
What in the sam hill is she talking about?? Should Midwesterners suffer from guilt??? What kind of guilt???

As far as not feeling guilt, it's just more Liberal pin-head speak. Liberal elitists have this "guilt" complex for being successful when there are homelessness and starving children. They measure their compassion by a colored ribbon pinned to their lapel.

Every day, normal Nebraskans don't feel guilt or sympathy for the welfare queens and able bodied slobs collecting welfare and food stamps.

And as far as worrying, Midwesterners are realistic. We aren't filled with doom over global warming or any other made up fraud that comes along.

30 posted on 07/22/2012 9:39:35 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: randita; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; perfect_rovian_storm; Sun; ...

It’s not happening. I read that Mrs. Kerrey made a remark about Nebraska that irked the locals, not that it’ll change the outcome as a whole.


31 posted on 07/25/2012 5:14:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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