New TV ad targeting Kerrey

by Street Sweeper on March 23, 2012

Americans for Prosperity has a new ad out critical of New York’s Bob Kerrey. See it here:

The ad riffs off of Kerrey’s “Welcome back Bob!” ads, pointing out how much more liberal he is after living in the West Village of New York City for the past 12 years.

According to Politico, AFP will spend $274,000 on the spot on broadcast and cable television through April 7th.

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The Daily Beast runs a fawning interview of Kerrey, where Cosmic Bob corrects the Republican Party that he lives in the “West Village” not “Greenwich Village” in New York City.

Ah well then. Bob has become very adept at telling people all of his different addresses lately, so we can understand. Except we note that Kerrey must not have corrected them when they wrote that…

It was, naturally enough, a tough call for Kerrey to uproot his family from Manhattan.

…because Kerrey’s wife and child are firmly planted in New York City (the West Village) with no plans to move them to Nebraska.

Of course, don’t expect Kerrey to change his liberal NYC ways, simply because he is staying at a friend’s house in Omaha. Kerrey says…

“I’m going to tell the truth as I see it.”

And Kerrey himself says, his view on the world has changed for the far more liberal since he moved to New York.

In the end, Kerrey says he wants to “forge common cause with Republicans.” And in the next breath he notes how difficult it is to “break with your caucus“.
Har. Tell us about it Bob.

Look, we know a much, much easier way for Nebraskans to forge with Republicans.
Elect one.

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We got a chuckle out of Kerrey campaign manager Paul Johnson’s incredulousness that Jon Bruning is going to have a fundraiser in Washington, DC while he is there for the ObamaCare Supreme Court arguments.

Let’s see. Bruning will be meeting with fellow AG’s and viewing the arguments in the case he helped initiate. Good. Glad he is there. (And not traveling on the taxpayer’s dime.)

And let us look at Bob Kerrey’s schedule next week…
Well there!
Bob will be in… Washington, DC! Meeting with Nebraskans and soybean growers and cattle ranchers?
Nooooo!

He will be attending his own $1,000 a person ($2,500 for a PAC) fundraiser, hosted by liberal Senators…
Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA) and a cavalcade of other liberals who love ObamaCare, hate the Keystone pipeline and will do their best to see that the policies and politics of the last four years stay in place.

Funny Johnson didn’t mention that in the press release.

(Hey, how come New York’s Chuck Schumer is on the list, but Nebraska’s Mike Johanns isn’t? Oh well…)

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Kerrey also notes in that Daily Beast article how great a job he thinks Barack Obama has done.

You know, like giving his stamp of approval to the southern part of the Keystone XL Pipeline — which does not need a Presidential stamp of approval. The only part that needs an Obama OK is the part that crosses the Canadian border. (Still waiting, we are.)

But the pro-pipeline folks in Cushing, Oklahoma let the President know how THEY feel about he pipeline. About a hundred and fifty showed up as the President’s motorcade zipped past, to show their support for the Keystone XL. See it here (you can feel free to kill the audio, unless you are dying to hear a woman scream “Keystone Yes!” about 80 times…) :

The people in that video do not exactly look like the Occupy protesters, do they? More like people who WANT jobs.

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{ 43 comments }

1 Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The Bob Kerrey ad would have been better if it showed a 212 area code phone number at the end of where people could contact him.

2 Lil Mac March 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Ex-Senator Bob Kerrey is quoted in a March 22, 2012, Daily Beast interview, saying he does not live in New York City’s “Greenwich Village” as Nebraska Republicans say he does. “It’s called the West Village. Sorry to give them a geography lesson,” said Kerrey.

Sorry, Senator, but here’s a lesson for you in personal honesty.

You can view your own 2009 interview on youtube in which you say, “It isn’t just because I live in Greenwich Village now; the longer I live here, the further to the left I get on health care.”

I don’t care where the man says he lives. When he gets snotty with people for them simply repeating his own words, that makes him appear either disingenuous or senile.

3 ricky March 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I don’t have time to watch either of those videos Mr Sweeper posted, but yet another piece on how unfair Bob Kerrey is being must mean the G O P is very, very, very afraid of Kerrey being the next Senator from Nebraska.
Also, Nebraska already has spoken on the pipeline, remember the Governor calling a special session to regulate it and keep it out of our state? This reminds me of the defeat the G O P had when the new health care law went into effect; they just can not accept a loss; have to beat a dead horse.
No wonder they are the party of the past; they can’t move on.

ricky from omaha

4 Macdaddy March 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Ricky, the new pipeline route would have still gone through Nebraska had Obama not said, “No.”. The majority of Americans want Obamacare outright repealed including 2/3 of Nebraskans. I guess the GOP aren’t the only Americans who refuse to bend over for Obama.

5 Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

And when you tell people the specifics of Obamacare, support dramatically increases. Just shows what propaganda and lies can do.

6 Bam March 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

There sure are a lot of liberals saying “the GOP must be afraid of Bob Kerrey” because of what the party says and does. Why to I get the feeling they’d say the same thing if the GOP did nothing?

I’m certain the GOP is NOT afraid of Bob Kerrey, at least no more afraid than grandparents and little kids hiding in thatch huts in Vietnam.

7 Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What the F*** does fear or love or the color of your undershorts have to do with public policy and the power people who want to exercise it over voters? I fear bad government in the hands of tyrants. Frankly, I fear a guy like Kerrey who deftly removed Hassebrook’s heart, whom Kerrey then calls “friend”. If he does that to his friends, he’s one scary political assassin for everyone else.

8 RickyRetardo March 24, 2012 at 4:39 AM

I don’t have time to read what Sweeper wrote or watch videos he posted but I know that it whatever it is, it is wrong. I do however have plenty of time to sit here and write about how I hate what I didn’t read or watch. You see, I have a magical mind that knows things without seeing, hearing or reading them. These mental powers allowed me to get my real estate license — and yes, crayon signatures are valid — and that’s how I became Bob Kerrey’s real estate agent.

Oops, sorry, I have to go. Time for my meds. They have lime jello today and I don’t want to miss that.

9 Macdaddy March 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I got my new voter registration card in the mail yesterday. Came right to my house. One of my kids brought it in from the mailbox.

10 Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

From a Newsweek poll:
When asked about Obama’s plan (without being given any details about what the legislation includes), 49 percent opposed it and 40 percent were in favor. But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.

Opposition from the liberal side is generally that healthcare reform didn’t go far enough, and that it was a giveaway to insurance companies, not that reform isn’t needed. Rather have Medicare for all.

11 RWP March 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Cosmic Bob corrects the Republican Party that he lives in the “West Village” not “Greenwich Village” in New York City.

Oh, mon dieu . Moi is so embarrassed. Quel faux pas!. If only I were more au fait with the various ‘villages’ of Lower Manhattan. I feel so gâuche!

Hey, Bob, I live in a village too. It has a population of 300 Nebraskans. My guess your ‘village’ includes in its population 300 independent documentary film directors, but very few Nebraskans.

12 RWP March 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

But after hearing key features of the legislation described, 48 percent supported the plan and 43 percent remained opposed.

Son, i can get you a majority in favor of drowning puppies, if you let me write the ‘description’.

13 Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

RWP, so like a university professor, unwilling to accept or even consider data that conflicts with a strongly held view. Oh wait, that’s an attribute of an ideologue, not a university professor!

14 RWP March 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Data? All I’ve seen is a lame cut-and-paste from a Newsweak article.

Get back to me when you know what ‘data’ means.

15 Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

RWP, due to SS’s very restrictive posting policy, you’ll have to use the google yourself. Sorry.
da·ta/ˈdatə/
Noun: Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.

I’d say that polling data qualifies as ‘data’.

16 Macdaddy March 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Rather than quoting from year old polls, I’ll go a little more recent, like last week: for obamacare 39%, against 56%. Americans who think the individual mandate is unconstitutional: 72%. This is on the second anniversary of obamacare. BTW, we’ve hit the second anniversary of Obama’s crowning achievement and the most significant new policy since Medicaid/Medicare. Where are all the magazine covers and stories on this? All we get is a CBO report buried several pages in about how Obsmacare will now cost 1.7 trillion dollars, rather than 0.9 like we were promised. There should be special editions of Newsweek, which, BTW, hasn’t done a poll on Obamacare since February 2011, but instead, nothing but silence.

17 Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Anon 7:48- BS! The more people find out about the cost and consequences of Obamacare the more they hate it. Hell there’s still a lot of unknowns. But we know the goal of the plan was to FORCE people into the Govt plan. As usual Obama lied when he said you can keep your plan. He is so full of pork shit.

18 Whatever March 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Love the irony. AFP funded by New Yorker David Koch coming to Nebraska to pay for an ad to tell Nebraskans that Nebraskan Bob Kerrey is not a Nebraskan because he was in the same town as Koch for a few years. And Nebraska GOP member march lock-step in line with their sugar daddy’s orders. It’s funny, really. As for the fundraisers, LS obviously didn’t get the point that Jonny boy is having Nebraska taxpayers fund his trip to go sit and watch a court proceeding. Bob’s trip isn’t taxpayer funded. But, whatever.

19 Bam March 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Laugh away, Whatever! I’d rather have Koch leave money in Nebraska than have us stuck with Kerrey for six years.

20 What about Bob & Louisiana Jeff March 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

In terms of a “karma” loop, the Nebraska GOP must admit that having Bob Kerrey’s Louisiana-living campaign manager engineer BK’s Machiavellian “comeback” move eerily parallels another crafty Louisianan who grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana & Washington, D.C. yet he miraculously ended up “stealing” one of the state’s three Congressional seats for the Nebraska GOP – Jeff Fortenberry.

Which came first: the GOP’s desire to hold on to Rep. Bereuter’s seat or Jeff Fortenberry’s job at Sandhills Publishing where the Man from the Bayou segued from Theology to Trucking to Lincoln City Councilman all in the course of one kick-ass Carpetbagging year.

Inquiring minds would like to know whether Rep. Fortenberry, a politician from Louisiana, – who represents Nebraska’s 1st CD – moved to Lincoln from:

a) Washington, D.C.
b) Steubenville, Ohio
c) Baton Rouge, Louisiana

It’s so hard to know given that “The Fort” begins his Congressional website biography when he’s in his forties with nary a word about his Cajun roots and D.C. life.

Americans are aware of Nebraskan Bob Kerrey’s complete background; none of his years are unaccounted for as is the case with our Cajun Congressman.

21 Bam March 25, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Complete background? No, I don’t think we heard everything on the Thanh Phong Massacre. I know we haven’t heard what kind of bribe he took to get him to run, either. A lot of people don’t know or forgot that when he was promoting universal health care, few of his employees at his restaurants and health clubs had health insurance. No, we’ve got far from the complete background on Bob!

22 TexasAnnie March 25, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Hummm. So y’all are still gaming the “Kerrey’s not a Nebraskan” and “then Fortenberry’s not either” follies. Have any of you convinced another of your position? It’s been a week of chatter on this topic here at Leavenworth St. What is accomplished? Bitching?

I’ve got a better use for this comment section: consider what Kerrey or Bruning will do once elected juxtaposed with what they should do. Either candidate has already demonstrated a propensity for corporatism over individualism, and tax injustice. And neither candidate strictly respects the Constitution of the United States, nor a usual standard of ethics. It may not matter which candidate is elected for y’all, but remember, Texans will suffer of your choice too.

23 Bam March 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Wahl, Puddin’, that raht there is th’ debate! If’n he ain’t lived here for mor’n a dozen years, it’s pret’ near impossible t’ expect ‘em to think along th’ same lines you do! And don’t y’all worry none, Puddin’ – we all know it’s ALL about Texas. That’s why there ain’t no Big 12 anymore.

24 Whatever March 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Apparently, in the small, hick minds of some Nebraskans, once you have lived somewhere else for a few years (outside of Nebraska), despite be born in that state, dedicating your life to that state,serving that state, maintaining ongoing ties (businesses, family, various veteran, political and charities activities) just isn’t enought. You must never leave the state of Nebraska ever. Of course, the small mind hicks don’t see the hypocrisy of how they’ve embraced one non-Nebraskan after another (according to their definition). But what the Grand Ol’ Politburo does, as bought and paid for by the New York Koch brothers and DC Karl Rove, is just fine.

25 Macdaddy March 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Whatever, Kerrey does not now live here nor does he plan to ever do so. He’s living out of a suitcase on assignment doing consulting work for the DNC. When he goes home to his wife and kid, it is in NYC which last I checked was way east of the Missouri. Lots of businessman have jobs like this where they are temporarily assigned out of state. That does not make them residents of wherever the job is. That’s the biggest problem with his current set up: Kerrey is using Nebraska to recapture his lost social status but having social status in Nebraska is not good enough. That’s why he really wants nothing to do with us. He’s trying to play us for suckers and you know it.

26 Whatever March 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

What I know is that you’re letting the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and the Grand Ol’ Politburo play you for suckers cause you’ll nod your heads and do whatever they tell you to do. Gotta love the mindset of those that believe in one-party rule.

27 Macdaddy March 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Whatever, your last post really makes no sense. Last I checked, the GOP fielded at least 3 bona fide candidates. Nobody got told to bow out like Hassebrook did. As far as the whole one party rule thing, I’d bet you can find way more totalitarians on the liberal side than on the conservative side. Obama himself has bemoaned being the head of a democracy. Tom Friedman thinks China is super awesome because of one party rule.

28 Lil Mac March 25, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Watching the ping pong here reminds me of the candy vs chemo thing.

If government is candy, then DC is the only real power and the State of Nebraska a place where you keep your football team; and Bob Kerrey can live anywhere because he’s representing all Americans.

But if government is chemo, a poison that can cure in small doses but kills in large amounts, you need States to balance-thus-limit the strength of the federal poison, and it becomes imperative that Kerrey live in Nebraska because the only government he must represent is Nebraska against the federal.

Independent voters think of government like tobacco; they know it kills them, they like the taste, they are addicted, and they demand less of it while voting for more. Kerrey has the principled left, he disregards the principled right, and that leaves him only to scrap up the sludge at the bottom. So don’t make this about principle. Kerrey isn’t. It is a race to scrape up sludge votes.

And, yes, 6:19 is right. Kerrey is with the governmentalists. Like Nelson, Kerrey banks on the addictive power of government to get people to sell thier freedom for a slice of free cheese.

29 Macdaddy March 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Maybe we could save money by having Senators represent more than one state. Bob Kerrey (D, NE, NY). Then we’d have to pay only one salary line for twice the crap. I’d say that’s a bargain.

30 Whatever March 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM

By the way, LS, Stephanie Johanns lived in and remained in their $1.5 Million house in Arlington, VA during the election, and never had any plans for moving back to Nebraska. So if you’re going to complain about Kerrey’s wife and kid lives, you should have the gonads to have at least criticized Johanns for the same thing.

31 Bam March 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Tell those kids in the hooch in Vietnam that 12 years is just “a few years,” Whatever. Oh, that’s right – they’re not here. Someone running for Senate decided to deprive them of those years.

32 Brian T. Osborn March 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Bam, don’t you have school tomorrow? I understand those ninth grade exams can be tough on kids that don’t get enough sleep. Now, off to bed with you.

Why weren’t all you guys so upset when Tom Osborne ran for 3rd CD Congress while ostensibly maintaining an address at a fishing cabin on Lake McConaughy? Lil Mac or Macdaddy, were one of you guys Tom’s landlord? Did he ever actually SLEEP there?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Riiiiiiiiiiight. But Tom was a Republican, so that made it Okie Dokie.

33 Brian T. Osborn March 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM

In a May 19, 2006 article printed, in the Lincoln Journal Star, just ten days after Dr. Tom Osborne lost the primary race which “might” have returned him to “represent” Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District for yet another term … he sold the fishing cabin that was his “justification” for the legality of his serving as our Congressman. TEN DAYS!

But, but, but …

34 Anonymous March 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

About Kerrey’s and Johann’s wives living where hubby last worked… When Johanns ran for the Senate, his wife was living where his last job was, which was Johanns being Secretary of Agriculture, which some Nebraskans feel benefited an agricultural Nebraska.

Kerrey’s wife is where his last job was, which was Kerrey running New School in New York. The New School teaches social sciences, liberal arts, humanities, architecture, fine arts, design, music, drama, finance, psychology and public policy, with an avant garde course index including “Heterodox Identities”, “Games 101″, “Masculinity in Asia,” and “Queer Culture”. They may have a course in potted plants but other than that no agriculture. I am trying to picture how this helps Nebraskans.

35 Whatever March 26, 2012 at 1:09 AM

So one has a wife where they last lived and you disapproved of the school there, and another stayed in a house that was bought after hubby QUIT HIS JOB to further his political career….the one where he then shut down FSA offices across the state and then quit before the farm bill was even done. Yeah, whatever. Keep thinking up more bovine fecal matter to cover your clear hypocrisy. What’s ironic is that New School students didn’t like Kerrey because was too conservative for them. The unions even hated him. Go figure!

36 Macdaddy March 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Or he was a terrible University President.

37 Anonymous March 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

So BAM do you have a problem with the crew of the Enola Gay dropping the Atomic bomb on all of those helpless civilians in Hiroshima Japan? Are they war criminals? Is John McCain and all of the Air Force , Marine and Navy Pilots and bombers war criminals like the North Vietnam government said they were for all the helpless civilians they killed? Bam are you Jane Fonda ?

38 Brian T. Osborn March 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The entire mission of the Strategic Air Command was the wholesale annihilation of civilians. It was only through the threat of obliteration of the majority of the USSR’s population, and that of our own by them, that the Cold War never became a hot one. But once we had enough nuclear devices, and weapon systems to deliver them, to destroy our earth several times over, the military/industrial complex saw a diminishing return on their investments. But, by fomenting regional wars, wars by proxy, and the wholesale spread of fear, they were able to keep the flow of weaponry going and their profits overflowing.

39 KerreyforAlderman March 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Killing innocent people on purpose in war is fine. The atomic bombs saved a million US troop lives and many millions more Japanese lives. LCDR McCain didn’t target civilians; Viet Cong and NVA did. But no matter, for war is always one country against another, and all citizens are weapons and all are targets. And when you think about it, even in ground combat, your aim is to sneak up on a guy and shoot him in the back while he’s busy taking a dump. Only in Hollywood do you invite a fair fight to the death. And so, killing innocent people in war is perfectly fine.

It is killing them accidently that Bob Kerrey says he regrets. That pile of dead babies and old people was supposed to be a pile of dead Viet Cong. Well, shucks. Damn near as dumb as stepping on a mine and blowing off your own foot. Frankly, I give Kerrey great credit for begin in uniform and doing the hard job and suffering the result. But if there is a political implication from his service, it is that inadvertent mistakes matter. We don’t need America to step on a mine and blow off its foot too.

He isn’t called “Cosmic Bob” for nothing. His own senior Democrats are uncomfortable with him seeming to be shooting and stepping in odd directions. He’s just this side of a frigging nutcase and some Nebraska voters like that sort of quirkyness.

40 Bam March 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Wow, Anon 10:28, I didn’t realize Bob Kerrey himself had ended the Vietnam War by gutting granny and the kids in that hooch! Double wow! And yes, clever you – Yes, I AM Jane Fonda and I’ve given up my bleeding-heart liberal ways to help put an end to Bob Kerrey’s political career once and for all. You’re the only one on here to figure that out – Congrats!

But I hadn’t heard that the crew of the Enola Gay, John McCain, and all of the Air Force, Marine and Navy pilots and bombers had moved to Nebraska to run for Senate, though. That’s exciting news and very relevant to this thread. Thanks!

And BTO – really? Tom Osborne lived here, worked here, raised a family here. Bob Kerrey lived THERE, worked THERE, married and raised a family THERE and lived THERE until the last possible minute. THERE is not HERE, and you need a stronger connection to HERE than “Well, I lived there a dozen years ago, so that’s OK.” At least Hillary lived in NY for a couple months before SHE announced.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Riiiiiiiiiiight. But you’re a liberal, so that makes it Okie Dokie not to employ logic.

41 RWP March 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Killing innocent people on purpose in war is fine.

Bashir Assad, I had no idea you were posting on L Street!

No, you armchair maniac, killing innocent people on purpose in war is not ‘fine’. It’s a war crime.

Quoting the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which the US is a signatory and which has the force of law in this country:

“Persons taking no active part in the hostilities…shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
…”

42 Brian T. Osborn March 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

BAM, I, unlike Dr. Tom Osborne, lived in Nebraska’s 3rd CD throughout his Congressional tenure. A rarely visited fishing cabin does not a “residence” make. Bob Kerrey lived here, worked here, was Governor here, was a Senator from here, and has continually had businesses that hire Nebraskans here, and has paid taxes HERE. The Nebraska Supreme Court, who I daresay has more clout than your mindless ramblings, will soon concur that Bob Kerry can run for office in Nebaska again, since we live by laws, NOT by the blathering of bloggers.
Soooooooo, RWP, it is imperative that we develop bullets, grenades, mortars and bunker buster bombs that can selectively target only proven enemies in a legal field of fire. You work with explosives in your job at UNL, can’t you come up with a nicer way to win wars? I’m sure BAM would give you a big wet kiss on the lips if you could.

43 Bam March 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM

How long as TO been out of elective office now, Bwian? And you STILL have a hard on for him? Get over it and live in the present. Besides, if you REALLY hated his living arrangements as much as you profess to, you have to be absolutely LIVID at what Bob Kerrey is doing (which, uh, by the way, is NOT living here).

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