FLASH – Holy crap: Kerrey changes his mind!

Psyche!

This from the Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza:

Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide.

The aide said Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.

Kerrey announced earlier this month that he decided against attempting a return to the Senate, citing his family.

He has not responded to a request for comment from The Fix.

His return would give Democrats new hope in a race that would likely be lost if he doesn’t run. The Democratic bench in Nebraska is very thin behind retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Kerrey.

Kerrey, of course, will have to overcome charges of carpetbagging. Despite being a former governor and senator from Nebraska, he moved to New York after retiring from the Senate in 2001 and even flirted with running for mayor of New York City.

The filing deadline in Nebraska is this week.

We will update.

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And this is now still in play:

14 comments

  1. Darn tootin’ RWP! Evidently we can never get too much of Republicans who lie and flip-flop for political expediency either! Aren’t we Nebraskans a wild and crazy lot?
    By the way, one of your fellow NEGOPers has assured me, on another LS thread (‘How do you rate’) that we Dems have infiltrated your party and that is why we control the Unicameral. He/She (Anonymous!) insists that a lot of Nebraska’s “Republicans” are actually Democrats in disguise. If that’s the case old Cosmic Bob just might be a shoe-in.
    And, for those who always insist that those with the biggest pile of beans are going to win, you add Bob’s campaign leftovers to Ben Nelson’s leftovers, add a few gazillion from Uncle Warren and George Soros, and they’ll make Bruning’s ill-gotten gains look like chicken feed. Super PAC anyone?

  2. Sidwell Friends says:

    Dear Mr. Kerrey,

    We are looking forward to enrolling your son with us here in DC this fall since your family will not live in Nebraska.

  3. RWP says:

    By the way, one of your fellow NEGOPers has assured me, on another LS thread (‘How do you rate’) that we Dems have infiltrated your party and that is why we control the Unicameral. He/She (Anonymous!) insists that a lot of Nebraska’s “Republicans” are actually Democrats in disguise. If that’s the case old Cosmic Bob just might be a shoe-in.

    I’m afraid she’s giving the Nebraska Dems too much credit. The Nebraska GOP, without much outside interference, manages to nominate and elect a remarkably large number of candidates with no interest in limited government. BTW, other than being registered to vote in Republican primaries, I have no affiliation with the GOP.

    I don’t think the Cosmic One has a prayer. This latest flip-flop is either evidence of deliberate duplicity or mental instability. It doesn’t play well either way. In particular, using your family as pawns in your political career — saying you need to spend more time with them, and then deciding all of a sudden you don’t — is way beyond the Pale. And I don’t think Nebraska will settle for being the third most important place of residence of its Senator (after DC and NYC, his two real homes).

  4. Macdaddy says:

    RWP, location doesn’t matter. There’s the Internet and telecommuting. For that matter, why should he even be in DC at all? Surely he can phone it in. Bob Kerrey should be able to be a Senator for Nebraska, never leave his house in NYC, and cast all his votes in just his underwear. Bob Kerrey will be the Senator of the future! Ted Kennedy would figure out how to come back from the dead if those were the new rules. Only a backward Republican square who hates the Earth would insist on face-to-face meetings.

  5. RWP says:

    Macdaddy:

    That mental image of Kerrey on the internet in his underwear is going to take at least a six-pack to erase. Be careful with that stuff! You could poke somebody’s mind’s eye out!

  6. My third eye was already poked out, and all the smoke being blown around has caused the other two to develop cataracts. Now I hear Michaelis is running for Legislature. I think I’ll just go drown myself in a vat of Sam Adams.

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