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We couldn't bring ourselves to put up ANOTHER Bob Kerrey photo...

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.

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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.”

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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

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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.)

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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”!

Chuckle.

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.

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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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{ 30 comments }

1 Kortezzi March 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When I hear the word “compound” I think first of:
(a) the “Kennedy Compound” (scene of wild parties, waitress sandwiches, sexual assaults, etc.) and then
(b) the “Bin Laden Compound” (scene of bearded terrorist strategy sessions, porno movie watching, and 1 huge shootout involving the SEALS).

Now we have the “Kerrey Compound”!

Or is it more accurately the “Noddle Estate”? Kind of like that rich guy Robin what’s-his-name in Hawaii, where Magnum PI lived in the guest house? Will Jay give Kerrey use of a red Ferrari?

2 Lil Mac March 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Solid assessment there Sweep. Can ol’ Bob run? Sure. Is he strong? I always think he is. Will voters feel the same as when he used to run before from inside Nebraska? Probably not. And he’s not helping things by going out of his way to give voters here the NYC middle finger. He owns a calendar. He knew what was going on with Nelson. He could have moved here a year ago and bought a house. Hell, he could have bought a house here last month. Kerrey isn’t even making a pretense. Maybe he grasps the inner masochism of NE voters. If not, maybe I overestimate him. But I don’t think so. He’s cosmic yet formidable. His rape of Hassebrook killed that Democrat dead and Bob didn’t even break a sweat doing it.

And yet it would be nice to see BK’s bloated ego self-spin down the same crapper with TO’s. There is nothing more satisfying than watching a pompous hero – GOP or DEM — explode his own myth on the point of his greedy ego. But we shall see, shan’t we?

3 Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Bob Kerrey ran for President and lost. So now he is running for his old job as Senator again. That’s like proposing to your ex-spouse. Its difficult not to see it as wimpy and weird.

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4 Macdaddy March 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Bob Kerrey should buy a house in North O. He’d get it for a song and it would go a long way towards energizing his base by walking the walk, whatever that means. Of course, unloading it in November would be hard, but he’d get good press in the meantime. Unless he continued to sleep most nights in his friend’s guest house.

5 Bam March 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Don’t forget what’s probably the shadiest part of this deal – Bob wasn’t willing to come back here and run for the job UNTIL he was promised “things” by Harry Reid. Bob had to be BRIBED to come “home” and he says it on videotape. He’s not doing this for a love of Nebraska, or to improve education, or to put the country first. He’s doing it because he was bribed with the promise of power, influence or some other exchange medium coveted by a politician.

Liberals can deny it, but Nebraska isn’t “home” to Bob – it’s just a source of useful idiots to get his ticket punched and get him to his reward in Washington.

6 Brian T. Osborn March 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Since the majority of registered voters in Nebraska are Republicans, and there is no way in hell that Mr. Kerrey can be elected without convincing a good many of them to vote for him, logic indicates that the esteemed Bam-Bam Flintstone considers them to be “useful idiots.”

7 Max Headroom March 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I haven’t been recognized since 1985. Th-th-th-thanks.

8 Bam March 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

We agree, Brian! ANYONE who would vote for Kerrey can justifiably be considered an idiot! Bam!

9 Kortezzi March 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM

BTO, you’re incorrect when you state that “the majority of registered voters in Nebraska are Republicans”. Here are figures from Sec. of State Gale from this month:

Republican 48%
Democrat 33%
Independent 19%

Bam’s reference to “useful idiots” refers to Democrats and that portion of Independents who are inclined to vote for Bob Kerrey. You, for example.

10 TC March 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I can provide Helicopter rides and land at the Noddle Estate

11 Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM

If the Dems show up in greater numbers than the GOP then Kerrey could win that way. Or? If the shoe drops on his opponent in an October surprise.

12 Macdaddy March 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Anon 6pm: I’m sure it’ll be really good. Maybe it’s a paper Bruning wrote in 7th grade!

13 Brian T. Osborn March 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Bam, We agree only if you consider Republicans to be “useful idiots.”

Kortezzi, I’m glad that you have verified what I long thought to be true, that Republicans have not only a low opinion of Democrats, but of independently minded people as well. Simple math would indicate that you believe that at least 17 out of every 19 Independents is a “useful idiot.” Now, Kortezzi, I understand math so I don’t thing that between the two of us I would be the one considered an idiot. You, on the other hand, have proven your lack of intellect on numerous occasions. Keep up the good work!

Macdaddy, I think it might be more about WHO wrote his class papers when he was in college.

14 anonymous March 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Jane has written a “paper” saying TC is unfit to build in America. Wow! Her reasons are not based on fact. She based her “analysis” on the fact that a smart pig was lost somewhere in the pipeline. Smart pigs are required by law…they help determine if the pipeline remains in good working order…and TC is being critized for this. The smart pig had a malfunction and did not provide data. TC found the pig at a pump station. I am amazed at the stuff she puts out.

15 RWP March 22, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Meanwhile, thanks to Jane and the Boldies, gas prices will be going up, because now the southern section of Keystone XL — the part that doesn’t need federal approval — will go ahead, draining oil away from the Midwest, while the northern section, that wold increase oil flow into Cushing, is held up.

16 RWP March 22, 2012 at 8:01 PM

BTO

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly have a low opinion of Democrats. It varies from mild pity to utter contempt.

17 Brian T. Osborn March 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

RWP, You really have to quit hitting those little bottles of chemicals back in your lab.

18 Bam March 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

BTO, sure, no problem – Republicans who vote for Kerrey are idiots. Agreed. But how would that make them different than Dems or Independents who vote for him? It doesn’t. They would all be idiots.

The problem with your simple math is that it’s being applied by a simple person. You assume Kerrey will take all of the Dems and about about 85-90 percent of the Independents. That would be some feat in Nebraska, even if W were still in office!

Now, harnessing that amazing power of logic you claim for yourself, recall that Ben Nelson was forced to abandon another run, because even as conservative as he was for a Democrat, he KNEW he didn’t stand a chance with his vote on Obamacare and the huge numbers that will turn out to dump Obama. Bob Kerrey, however, is even MORE liberal than Nelson. He may well be more liberal than Obama! He has embraced Obamacare and even said it may not go far enough! That’s a HUGE negative going into the election, and I’m certain he’s not going to be an advocate of budget cuts in Washington which Nebraska clearly wants to see.

And, as I’ve said before, this ain’t your grandpa’s Bob Kerrey from three decades ago. He’s not sexy, young and dating movie stars – he’s now a rich old man and part of the establishment. His war record has become tarnished through exposure of a horrific, bloody slaying initiated by him. There’s a whole new generation of voters who don’t know who he is (or care).

And there’s no way you’re getting 90 percent of independents with that kind of baggage.

19 Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Remember how cool this blog was when BTO wasn’t on here for a few months?

20 Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Hey I like BTO, while he is a loyal D, he isn’t unintelligent. Other than that Kerry is nothing more than bait to get voter turnout in the 2nd district. He is the wounded rabit used to lure in the coyote. Or as in the Subtl campaign, homeless to busses.

21 Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM

“Maggie’s List”, a PAC dedicated to electing conservative women to federal office, has endorsed state Senator Deb Fischer’s female sex organs for election to the U.S. Senate. Male sex organs with candidates attached to them need not apply. The Manwich & Marlboro Man PAC is considering endorsing only men with an extra male chromosome.

22 Frank March 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM

put me down for Ernie in dis. #11 by about 10 lengths

23 Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Ernie is in trouble.

24 Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM

So after the GOP looses for the 3rd time on the Bob Kerrey case, what is next? The US Supreme Court? Then after they laugh you out of the building, where do you go then? When the GOP stole the 2000 election , many people thought they had seen it all. But at least that was after the election . Now the Nebraska GOP is trying to steal the election before one ballot has been cast. Laughable but true.

25 Macdaddy March 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

The Nebraska GOP is not trying to steal the election. The state of New York is.

26 Kortezzi March 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Hey BTO,
You claim Republicans are a majority of registered voters in NE.
I point out they are 48%.
Then you then say I can’t do math.
HA!

I never stated that the “useful idiots” in Nebraska would be enough to elect Kerrey in 2012. Bam only made the point that KERREY apparently THINKS they are enough for him to win (thus his return to NE from NYC). BTO, you need to work on your reading comprehension, as well as your math.

Obama and Kerrey will both lose in November.

27 Brian T. Osborn March 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Bam-Bam, Then, with your logic, you do consider many Republicans to be “useful idiots” because they DID help to elect Ben Nelson, several times.

A@10:03, There’s a simple cure for the simple minded. When you see my name, skip over it. Meanwhile, try to be more original than “Anonymous” because we’d like to skip over your tripe as well.

Kortezzi, I’ll pull a LImbaugh on you and state that I used the wrong words. I should have used “plurality” rather than “majority.” The hegemony of the Republican Party in this state has proven that a good many of those “Independents” lean towards the Republican side, more than 2% I would say.
What is your excuse for never missing an opportunity to confirm your stupidity?

28 Senator Snowplow March 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Wow, Bam, when you say Bob Kerrey is even more liberal than Obama, you make it sound like that’s a bad thing. Personally, I’m delighted to have a leftist running for Senate in Nebraska (one who can sound like a moderate – to get elected, you know) and I’m sure I speak for at least half of the politically active Democrats in this state when I say that.

29 Lil Mac March 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Perhaps we shouldn’t assume Kerrey’s aim, or his only aim, is to win a Senate seat. Just by running he may have already won what he wants, and far more than just getting his old job back. For Barry is as grateful as Harry, maybe more. Kerrey kicked Barry in the nuts in 2007, but the Kerrey name today boosts 2nd District and W. Iowa for Barry; mended fences and climbing ladders and all that.. It is also just as wrong to think the NRP expects a court to rule Bob ineligible. The GOP expects each court appearance to generate free press that reminds voters Bob hasn’t even bought a tent from Canfield’s to be a resident “homeowner”.

30 Anonymostly March 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I suspect that Mark Fahleson and the Republicans really don’t care whether they win this court challenge or not. No matter what the outcome is, it’s a win for them.

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