Bob’s lucky day

The story continues.

Bob Kerrey tells the OWH today that he totally intended to live at his sister’s house when he “moved back” to Nebraska. But after a night of staying at a hotel — you know, instead of his new home in Nebraska at his sister’s house — he “lucked out”, and Jay Noddle said he could stay at HIS guest house.

Because as we’ve said, whenever someone moves to Nebraska — which they’d “always planned on doing” — they oftentimes go through three permanent addresses in a day and a half.

The publisher of the York News Times (whose name we love only secondly to the Sand Hill Sex Press), points out that Kerrey’s explanation does not “pass the smell test”, saying:

“The state has changed since Bob Kerrey lived here and to nobody’s surprise (but Bob’s) most of us can name the address of where we live.”

The next move will be the Nebraska GOP’s, with a possible court challenge. But in any case, as the York News Times points out, this is some start to the Kerrey campaign, yeah?
Going back on promises.
Secret backroom Washington deals.
Oaths changed in a day.

Of course in New York City they call that “Tuesday”.

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And onto the Kerrey campaign itself, when Kerrey recycled Louisianan Paul Johnson to run his camp, you could not really expect Johnson to change much.

So first Kerrey went to Harry Reid to try to recycle his seniority from 1986.

Then Johnson pulled out the old campaign logo from 1992.

And now Johnson has gone all the way to 2008 for a campaign slogan:

“Country First”

Wait, 2008?

Yup, see that was John McCain’s slogan back in his 2008 Presidential campaign.
As a matter of fact, McCain liked it so much, it is what he named his Political Action Committee:
CountryFirstPAC.com

Not to be outdone though, Utah’s John Huntsman used that catchphrase in his brief 2012 Presidential run. So they’ve got that going for them.

(Next Kerrey slogan: “Where’s the beef!”)

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Note that there is neither a knuckle nor a chucklehead reference on it!

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49 comments

  1. Goober for NDP Chair says:

    On Facebook there’s a new group ‘Mike Meister for NDP Chair.’ Maybe he can keep this race within 40 points, unlike his last race.

  2. Macdaddy says:

    Maybe Kerrey needs to catch up with the times and go back to the future so he can win the future. He should have grabbed the slogan,”I’m a little bit country, and I’m a little bit rock and roll” since Mormons are a hot commodity these days.

  3. Senator Snowplow says:

    When Bob Kerrey begins his statewide campaign, my parents have told me they’d be happy to loan him their car to use. It’s particularly appropriate — its a ’94 Chrysler New Yorker — because its model year corresponds to the year that Bob was last elected to the Senate. I’m so excited. Good luck, Bob.

  4. Bam says:

    Maybe Bob and the missus had a big fight. A month or so ago, it was “Family First” and he was staying in New York. But then he shows up at his sister’s house, asking to sleep on the couch – isn’t that the “go to” move after you’ve been kicked out? And if your wife DIDN’T want you to run for Senate, then throws you out, wouldn’t you run for Senate and say it’s “COUNTRY First” just to tick her off?

    Man up, Bob. Make peace with the wife and go back home to New York.

  5. Lil Mac says:

    Why not BTO for NDP? Meister? Get real. BTO stands on principle and leaves the slime of cohabitating with odd bedfellows to the wannabes.

  6. Corey says:

    I don’t know. Seems this might not be as winning an issue as one might like. Although I’m well aware that Bob Kerrey isn’t one of them, with so many folks relocating pretty quickly because they lost their job or the housing crisis, can come across indifferent to this new reality of American life.

  7. RWP says:

    As I understand it, the state cannot place restrictions more stringent than those laid out in the US Constitution. So Kerrey is probably eligible to run for Senate. He might well, however, have falsely registered to vote, which would be a fourth-degree felony.

  8. SoWhat??? says:

    Not that is going to happen, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if Cosmic Bob didn’t make it on the ballot after all? Then what would that other putz who was running do? I’m sure the DSCC will rush a few $1000/hour DC lawyers out here to “defend Nebraska resident Bob Kerry’s right to be a candidate”. Does anyone think maybe Bob is just a little senile already? I mean, he couldn’t correctly give his “home” address to the Election Commissioner. Or was he just lying since he knows full well his home address was/is/will be NYC??? In case you’ve forgotten, do a Google for Cosmic Bob questioning Condoleezza Rice during the 9/11 Commission hearings. Good old Cosmic Bob kept addressing her using the wrong name and one of his lackeys had to finally correct him.

  9. Lil Mac says:

    RWP hit the issue spot on. Gale isn’t saying Bob is eternally in all ways legal. He’s just saying ruling it illegal isn’t entirely in Gale’s jurisdiction. True enough. Of course, that is nothing solid for the elephant to hang it’s trunk on. But it would be cosmic justice for ‘ol Bob to get the boot on a technicality of law, especially since it was a technicality of law that put Dave’s filing date before Bob’s, which caused Bob to run, withdraw, and then file, in that choreographed order. A tap dance like that rates a comic pratfall. But, he’s Irish, so there’s luck on his side.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Ya know what keeps me up at night unable to sleep? I’m worried about where Bob Kerrey is staying and if he is from New York. Yup. Never mind gas prices at record highs, unemployment the same, the high price of heath care, Iran flirting with nukes, the economy in a death spiral, China owning the U.S., wars with no end and Santorum single handedly fighting porn….I study the ceiling at 3:00AM fussing about about where Kerrey hangs his hat. It is so relevant to my life and future. THAT’s what keeps me awake. Where’s a pollster when one is needed?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wait. Now Terry’s “king of the conservatives”?? Wasn’t it just two years ago he was selling the fact that he was so moderate and willing and able to work with the Dems that there were all kinds of “Terry-Obama voters”?

    What kind of man IS Lee Terry?

  12. 3:03 and 3:53,
    Before you two “good government!” types get on a roll, let me just point out:
    We discuss politics here. Politics is TV commercials. Flyers. Hairstyles. Vocal delivery. And, yes, residency requirements for getting your name on the ballot.
    Now while you scoff at those things while you are up all night worrying about Part B Medicare, know this: Those crass political matters are oftentimes the very things that affect how people VOTE for those who get to DECIDE about gas prices, unemployment, health care and nukes. And remember that if Bob Kerrey looked instead like Larry Flynt, he probably would not have made it to the elective offices that he did.
    That’s politics for ya.
    SS

  13. Anonymous says:

    Doe any one know the correct address for Tom Osborne’s fishing hut on Lake McConaughy when he was a Congressman for the Third District? I can find his Lincoln address but no luck on his address he put down for running for Congress. HELP PLEASE.

  14. Slight correction says:

    3:03–if you want to know about Terry then do the following: read the flyer.

    Tell me that a guy who gets a 92% rating from the ACU is not conservative…

    Good for Terry that he is able to get Indpendent voters–that’s what you need in order to win in NE2.

  15. Macdaddy says:

    Don’t worry, Anon 3pm’s, we’ll get to the other issues eventually. Whatever President Emeritus Kerrey wants to talk about, in fact. Right now, though, he’s talking about his resume. Usually at the top of your resume you list your address. Currently, as in today, he lists Mr. Noddle’s guest house as his residence. Now, given that the campaign contributions max out at $2500 per individual and Mr. Noddle’s guest house would probably get that per month if he rented it out to Joe Schmoe, he is going to quickly be running afoul of campaign finance laws, unless he’s charging rent. If he is, well, is his neighborhood zoned for multifamily dwellings? But don’t blame us. Kerrey brought it up.

  16. Thanh Phong says:

    Just wondering how the Kerrey camp will spin the ORDER he gave to to his men to dispatch the villagers of Thanh Phong. Will the they say “COUNTRY FIRST”?

  17. Kortezzi says:

    Sad to see Governor Dave caving to the state senators who want to gut his tax cut plan.
    His plan to cut the top rate from 6.84% to 6.70% was REALLY too aggressive? And so it’s going to be phased in over 3 years?!?
    We need more state senators willing to cut the fat in Nebraska’s budget, and get our taxes down to levels that are competitive with other states.

  18. Drew says:

    Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana is having the same problem. He cannot vote for himself in the election because of residency requirements.

  19. Anonymous 3:53 says:

    Sweeper,

    I absolutely understand both policy and politics. The point that both 3:03 and I were making was that the issue of Bob Kerrey’s residency is not, nor will it be, the top issue facing the average voter in this election. It is great political theater for us hacks, but if the NEGOP focuses on this, while Kerrey focuses on actual policy issues, they will find themselves in a deep hole very quickly. If you believe that politics is completely separate from the issues, ask Jane Corwin in the NY 26th if she agrees.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Mine was sarcasm ole tender Sweeper person who throws like a girl. Yours with where Kerrey lives, lived or will live borders obsession. No scoff just pointing out fluff and puff from the reality of what people may find important when choosing their elected leaders.

  21. To Anonymous Above says:

    I think Nebraska voters want to know a lot about their elected leaders. I find it funny that the Democrats love to talk about Jon Bruning’s character but want to disregard Bob Kerrey’s fibs on his oath of residence and his role in the Thanh Phong massacre. I love the use of the war hero line by his campaigns. Bob of course acts like he is above using his war record, but he pays his consultants to use it very liberally in his ads. So if he received a medal for his actions in Thanh Phong and accepted it and uses that medal as a reason to vote for him, then let’s revisit that night.

  22. 5:42,
    Well, since you couldn’t hit the underhand toss, let me put it on the tee for you:
    The point is, oh noble one, that it IS an important political consideration IF IT KEEPS HIM OFF THE BALLOT.
    You unnnerstan that one?
    Thanks for reading.
    SS

  23. Anonymous 3:53 says:

    Sweeper,

    I would agree with you, however you and I both know that Bob Kerrey will not be left off the ballot. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that individual states cannot establish more restrictive residency than are already outlined in Article 1 Section 3 of the US Constitution.

  24. Well put, Sweeper. Everything a politician does IS important. Mr. Kerrey’s head fake to the supposedly invincible Gov. Heineman was a fine example of his political acumen. We could use a guy like that in Washington … someone smart enough to get what he wants. He’s done it before, and he’ll do it again.
    I’ve been hearing some VERY interesting scuttlebutt on what is in store for Mr. Bruning, should he win the GOP nomination. Man! I’d sure hate to be in that guys shoes come October!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised Tom Cavanaugh hasn’t complained about the Election Commissioner’s plan to reduce the number of polling stations…seeing how Cavanaugh likes to stick his nose in other elected official’s offices…

  26. Macdaddy says:

    Hey “Vietnam,” you left out that we’re racist, misogynist, homophobes. And we want to push Granny off a cliff. And blow up puppies. And take candy from babies.

  27. FAC says:

    Ok as I read it, the only hope Republicans have of winning this seat is to try to knock Bob Kerry off the ballot. No hope of winning at the ballot box. And it looks like they are concerend about having a Senator who places Country first, not the Republican party first.

  28. John says:

    T-rex arms, maniac, John McCain was treated with honor, no disrespect aimed at him and his time in the service, Amazing, will Bob and Susie join Jane when she comes to town

  29. Walking in the capitol says:

    Well I tell you that Kerry has some real problems. He was in the Rotunda today with is son and wife. Almost NO one recognized him. He is not much of a physical specimen, leg and all not withstanding. Kerry is going to pull the fanatic 40%, maybe. But he is almost in the same boat as Nelson. So in the end whom ever the R’s advance from the primary will TROUNCE Kerry, who will then realize he wont be going anywhere as Obama will be moving out of the oval office to start his library foundation.

  30. Oh Mander says:

    Anon 3:03 and 3:53

    Read an effing newspaper for Christ’s sake. Gas prices are not at record highs. Unemployment is going down. Iran doesn’t have a nuke. The economy is absolutely not in a death spiral. The Chinese own less than a tenth of our debt. One war is over, the other will be by 2014. The only thing I’ll give you is the high cost of health care. If only there was some sort of way to drive prices down through a secondary market… Some sort of option, if you will, that doesn’t allow a few multi-billion dollar corporations to corner the market and charge whatever they want. On our dime, no less. It’s a real head-scratcher.

    If what you said was true, we would be worried – and SS would probably be blogging – about those things. But since it was total bullshit, people are left to worry about where Bob Kerrey hangs his hat at the end of the day. Not a bad problem to have…

  31. Roger says:

    Why are the Republicans so afraid to face Kerrey??? If he’s as bad of a candidate as they say he is, they should be able to beat him by 20 points. Trying to get his name off the ballot just comes across as pathetic and fearful. I don’t see this move appealing to Independent voters.

  32. NE Voter says:

    Watching the GOPers s–t their drawers over Bob Kerrey is fun and all. But aside from that, I think the real poliical story of the season is the final demise of the Douglas County Republican Party. 2012 is the THIRD cycle in which they have fielded ZERO candidates for county offices.

    Does DCRP actually exist? If there is a functioning central committee, are they satisfied?

    In Douglas County, beating the Republicans is like taking candy from a baby.

  33. Macdaddy says:

    Oh Mander, you’re right. We’re a whole 25 cents below the record gas price. Of course, the record was heading into the recession unlike now when we’ve had official unemployment above 8% for 3 years, the highest long term unemployment since the depression, and the lowest percentage of work force participation since 1982. I guess we’re just a bunch of whiners. I’m sure the housing market will recover any day now. Of course, since health insurance premiums are skyrocketing since Obamacare passed we still won’t be able to afford a house, but, hey, your post reminded me we never had it so good! Thanks for brightening my day.

  34. Macdaddy says:

    Roger, who said we were trying to get his name off the ballot? We’re just trying to get Kerrey some free press. There’s no such thing as bad press, right? We’re just helping Kerrey reintroduce himself to the voters. It’s more of a public service, really.

  35. Lil Mac says:

    You say Independent voters won’t like it that a court throws Kerrey off the ballot? What difference does that make? Heineman had to file before Kerrey and that probably angered some other voters. Big deal. If the law limits you running, you are limited. If Kerrey is off the ballot, you think hurt feelings matter?

    Don’t give the GOP credit for this. Kerrey did something stupid for a guy with his experience. He waffled around on filing forms trying to set a home address. That may not keep him off the ballot, but that’s up to a judge.

  36. Anonymous says:

    WOW if you go by RWP’s and others opinions, i would say most of our Air Force from WW2 and since then should be in jail for war crimes. No one thinks that outside of people looking for political advantage. i think what bothers many republicans is that their patriot myth gets exposed by Bob Kerrey. You see they can’t understand how Bob Kerrey MOH winner can be a democrat. They have been telling the country for years that democrats hate the military and hate America and the only way you can be a true patriot is to be a republican . Now that is nonsense, but a lot of tea party types have bought into this. Then to top it off, Bob Kerrey is a self made rich person. WTF? how can a democrat be rich and do it on his own? We thought only republicans knew how to make money. I mean we hear that on FOX 24/7. So your rich and your a military hero and your a democrat. How did that happen? It does not fit the canard of the right wing smear machine. So we have to go back to square one. Oh he does not live in Nebraska , and that constitution behind the curtain don’t pay any attention to it. Even if it says what Kerrey did was legal and ok. Get over it republicans.

  37. Bam says:

    I don’t think the GOP is afraid of Kerrey – I think they relish the opportunity to squish the myth that Kerrey is bulletproof. Bob’s lived in NY thinking of Nebraska as the girlfriend he could always go back to, and the chance to prove that wrong is very appealing.

    Even if they lose in court, the GOP continues the story that Kerrey dumped Nebraska to live among the elite liberals of the East Coast and only came back because he thought it was an easy ticket to power. They are going to ride that train as long as possible and why not? Both sides are fighting for the hearts and minds of the independents, and Liberals and Bob aren’t going to have it as easy as they might think. There’s a whole new generation of voters who only know of him as some old guy who used to live here and agrees with an unpopular president.

    I don’t claim allegiance to either side, but this is going to be fun.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I think trying to keep Kerrey off the ballot is a waste of productive time that wastes daylight. It suggests he has weak competition. Why roll the cannon out to blow the fly off the wall, if the fly is truly a fly?

  39. Anonymous says:

    Bam,well said. The GOP is going to enjoy blasting the remnants of the liberal establishment in Nebraska. Going to sweep out Haar out too.

  40. A bit of a clue for those who think the GOP is wasting time or showing fear by going after Kerrey. The Republican primary hasn’t been held yet. Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans are actually willing to offer their supporters a few choices…not just shove one candidate down your throat. As such, the battle cannot yet be framed between two candidates, and until the primary is held, the NEGOP is left promoting their side (all Republican candidates) while attacking their side (only Kerrey).

    Maybe if you guys had let Chucky Hassebrook stick around a little longer, he could have deflected some of that flak.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Grundle so your party is in favor of choices. Then why did they endorse people before the primaries? The NDP did not do that. Bob Kerrey has not got an official NDP endorsement. There has never been an official NDP vote on candidates and who gets support. But the Nebraska Republican party is on the record with their official party endorsements before the primary .

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