Margery Beck of the AP has a story up (which can be found in the LJS today) interviewing Bob Kerrey post landslide win by Deb Fischer.
But let us just stop for a second to say…
Here is a political unknown in Deb Fischer, coming out of the Third District, a woman, defeating, HANDILY, one of the biggest political stars ever to come from the state.
And the state’s two biggest papers have big, long feature articles about the loser in the race.
But we digress.
Back to the loser.
So you will undoubtedly remember Kerrey a few weeks back calling Deb Fischer a “political wuss” for getting a little peeved about Bob Kerrey’s personal attacks on her.
And then Kerrey only ratcheted those attacks up in the weeks toward the campaign.
Ask anyone in the state of Nebraska what Kerrey’s campaign was about, and they will tell you it was about Deb Fischer’s family grazing rights and about the family’s fence with a neighbor.
That was it.
That was the Kerrey campaign.
The article goes on to say:
Kerrey blames his loss on millions of dollars spent by outside groups on political ads painting him as liberal New Yorker.
In the next sentence Kerrey says,
“It was not seen as a positive. Very few people regarded it as something that might help me understand the cost of higher education or national security because of 9-11. It was seen almost entirely as a negative.”
Hmm. Let’s see. The spot that was played over and over again had Kerrey, speaking in Greenwich Village to former Democrat Senate Leader Tom Daschle, patting each other on the back about their liberal positions on health care reform, with Kerrey saying,
“The longer I live here, the further to the left I get on health care.”
And in the next political breath Kerrey whines, “How dare they judge me on the time I spent in New York where I am part of The Left!”
So we can then play the game of, is Kerrey stupid? Or is he a liar?
We have never really judged Kerrey to be stupid. And to be that much in denial, would push him too far into the stupid category.
So Kerrey is just lying to the state when he tries to claim that he doesn’t understand that people see him as a Leftist who jetted into Nebraska and hoped to campaign for a few months then jet back to the East Coast to be a Senator again.
And if he can’t understand that — when he got crushed in the vote — then he needs some time in therapy.
Hopefully Dr. Melfi will tell him to stop being a Wuss.
Let’s get back to the crux of the rest of Kerrey’s whine: Nebraskans are HATEFUL!
You got that Nebraskans? You are are hateful Nazis (or something) who are so filled with rage that you can’t even see that Bob Kerrey just wants to save you from yourselves.
Now keep in mind, this is Bob Kerrey who “moved” back to Nebraska just days before the filing deadline, pushed a Nebraska Regent out of the Democrat nomination process, and then went on to attack his Republican opponent’s ranch. All of that being the entirety of his campaign.
Oh and there was also some mention about how he would continue to support ObamaCare and the Cornhusker Kickback (which he arguably authored).
And so now Kerrey can’t take a little political heckling?
This from a guy who ran commercials saying his opponent neighbor’s were scared of her? (Who won her own precinct in a landslide, of course.)
Please tell us, Mr. Kerrey, which of those things is worse.
And the swastika? We’ve been around enough campaigns to know that there are plenty of nutjobs on both sides. And we have no problem arguing that The Left, over the past number of years, has been the side that uses the swastika to paint its opponents (do yourself a little Google search on “Bushitler”).
So of course, reasonable Deb Fischer has it right. Sure she ran into people who wouldn’t shake her hand. And you nod and shake the next person’s hand. But poor Bob Kerrey just can’t IMAGINE that everyone wouldn’t want to shake HIS! (Kerrey’s voice rising an octave or two.) Why don’t they know that he was a University President! And that he was in the Senate?
And then Kerrey, who just got juked out of his political jock-strap by a little Rancher Wife from Valentine, has the gall to say,
“I think there’s a significant difference between what I could have done for Nebraska and what Sen. Fischer will be able to do. I think it’s measurable.”
Oh yes Mr. Kerrey. There is a difference.
You would have voted for MORE ObamaCare, HIGHER taxes, and MORE government in our lives.
And we HOPE we will be able to measure that SENATOR Fischer will do just the opposite.
Oh, and by the way: You just got your political clock cleaned.
Just congratulate your opponent and be on your way.
Have a little dignity.
Back to the OWH, note they DID run a story on their horrific Senate poll.
In the story, their pollster noted that they did not use a standard for weighing their results with a “likely voter” standard. Instead they used a Registered Voter standard.
Which made our jaws drop.
Note the differences here too. First the OWH reported the differences in results between likely voters, and then from registered voters.
BUT…they took THOSE results from a base percentage of REGISTERED Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
In other words, they said “we are going to poll X number of R’s, D’s and I’s, based on the percentage of registered voters from each party.”
But of course those aren’t worthwhile, because you want to know the percent of each party…that will actually vote. The OWH is selling the poll to it’s readers as the likely outcome of the election.
So how do you get those numbers? Well, you can make some basic guesses based on previous elections. It’s not that hard. We’ve had national pollsters happily explain the process.
Or, if you are hoping to skew the results for one side, you can claim that it’s just impossible to guess who will vote.
And then you’re off by around 13 points.
And then there’s Chuck Hagel whose name is being now mentioned for Secretary of Defense or possibly even State.
Of course he swallowed the goldfish in the hazing ritual at the White House by flying to Omaha (from his home in Virginia) and endorsing Democrat Bob Kerrey. Apparently the Obama signs in his yard weren’t enough to fill the bill.
And after Hagel crowed that he had turned down past job offers from the Democrat President, Joe Jordan asked him point blank if, after this endorsement, he would turn down any future offers from President Obama.
Hagel immediately turned his back to Jordan with no comment.
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