Ah the saga of the Bob Kerrey lawsuit. Ben Nelson weighed in and said, “Hey, Chuck Hagel was a carpetbagger too! Just ask Bob Kerrey! (Wait a minute…)”
And Lancaster County District Court Judge Burns said Kerrey can be on the ballot — though the Nebraska GOP has already filed their appeal of the Democrat judge’s decision.
Here is our general feeling on it:
Kerrey brought this all on himself. He does not live in Nebraska, and hasn’t for 12 years. At the last possible minute he decided he wanted to run for Senator, rushed through four different home addresses (don’t forget the hotel!) in a couple of days, and left a sloppy mess for his filing. As we said before, it would have been political malpractice for the Nebraska Republican Party to not challenge Kerrey’s candidacy.
But our take on the court battle is that they most likely lose any appeals. The main problem with the case, in our non-legal view, is that the while Kerrey fudged his residency about four different ways, there was no official finding by Sec. of State Gale on this, and the court does not have any hard evidence to fall back on. We may be wrong, but that is sort of our gut feeling. And to us, that is really the only point here. The rest of the issue regarding what the state can have for filing requirements, would be found Constitutional, we think. But again, we don’t think the court even needs to address that.
All sides may disagree with our take on that, but that’s where we come down.
But again, that is just for the Land of Officialdom. The reality is this: Kerrey has not lived in Nebraska for 12 years. He is renting someone’s Guest House simply so he can run for Senate. His wife and son have absolutely no intention to leave their HOME in New York City.
Now if your contention is, “Hey, I don’t care where he lives! Anyone should be allowed to represent Nebraska!”, then you’ve got yourself a Democrat candidate. Others who feel that you should live in the state may have a different take.
Bob Kerrey is in this for Bob Kerrey. He is not in it for Nebraska. So he does not really care where he lives.
As we promised an update, we are now informed that Jay Noddle’s Guest House is zoned separately from the other structures on his compound. Well we think so anyway. Frankly, we don’t really care. But Noddle does have one bitchin’ compound.
(And when you take a look at all the buildings on that property, we don’t know a better word than “compound”. All it needs is Clemenza’s men guarding the front gate from the other 5 families.)
Here is the takeaway from Kerrey’s pretend home: Guest house. GUEST house. As in, “Our guest will go back home, at some point.”
National political prognosticator Larry Sabato has his most recent views out on the Nebraska Senate race: Likely Republican.
As a matter of fact, Sabato says,
“Former Senator Bob Kerrey’s return to Nebraska hasn’t moved us a bit. Nebraska might be more competitive in a midterm year, but Kerrey is trying to survive tidal waves for the other party’s presidential nominee.”
His full analysis:
Nebraska — With Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D) retirement, Republicans looked to be on the way to an easy win until ex-Sen. Bob “Hamlet” Kerrey (D), after months of indecision, reversed course and jumped in. Kerrey may be a better candidate on paper than he is in reality; his last victory was 18 years ago (1994) and he spent much of his post-Senate career (he retired in 2000; Nelson replaced him) as president of the New School in New York City. We still think this is the most likely Senate seat in the nation to switch parties — more likely even than North Dakota. Still, one factor in Kerrey’s favor is that he has a free path to the nomination; there’s a big fight on the Republican side, led by establishment pick Attorney General Jon Bruning and Tea Party-backed/Club for Growth-endorsed Treasurer Don Stenberg (who lost the Senate seat to Ben Nelson in 2000). Kerrey would prefer to face Stenberg, a three-time Senate loser. LIKELY REPUBLICAN
We are told that Jon Bruning will take part in the Republican Senate debate on Monday. Bruning will be in Washington, DC for the oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Constitutionality of ObamaCare, but will join Don Stenberg, Deb Fischer, Pat Flynn and Spencer Zimmerman via teleconference. We will provide more details as we get them.
(Though we hope they just put a monitor on top of a podium next to the other candidates, Max Headroom style.)
The gang over at Nebraska Watchdog has a fun story about the NE02 House candidates. The non-incumbent candidates got their noses out of joint about a straw poll that was taken the other day at One Pacific Place by the Republican Business & Professional Women… all 42 of them. Lee Terry won with 69% of those 42 people, and the rest were split pretty evenly by two of his challengers.
It seems they were infuriated by this survey of “political insiders” and “sheep”!
Well, if history has told us anything, Terry opponents, it is that as goes the 42 Republican Business and Professional women, so goes the district. We are pretty sure James Carville AND Karl Rove swear by this rule. You may as well just chuck down your campaign stickers now.
And we see that the President has approved the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Oklahoma to the Gulf … which never needed Presidential approval anyway.
But that has not stopped Jane and the Boldies (opening for Nickelback at the C-Link Center!) from complaining already about the rush of approval of the pipe. You know, after the three years that have already passed.
Doesn’t the President know that Jane and the gals already posted their “We stopped the pipeline” logo on their website??? Now what are they supposed to show Dick Holland for their efforts? Hmmph!
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