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Bob Kerrey will not run for Senate

Bob Kerrey will not run for Senate

As you know, Ben Nelson decided not to run for reelection in Nebraska.  His Cornhusker Kickback weighed too heavily on his reelection prospects.

The great Democratic hope was that former Senator Bob Kerrey would run for the seat.

But it is not to be, as reported at The Fix:

Former senator Bob Kerrey told The Fix on Tuesday that he will not run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, a move that robs Democrats of their top potential recruit in a tough state.

Democrats eyed a potential Senate comeback for Kerrey after Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced in late December that he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Given the tough political terrain in the Cornhusker State, a proven winner like Kerrey, who is also a former governor, was pretty clearly the Democrats’ best hope to hold the seat….

It wasn’t immediately clear who else Democrats might get to run for Nelson’s seat. Right now there aren’t a whole lot of options in a state where the Democratic bench is pretty short.

Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?


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“Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?”

Professor, we are talking about the GOP here.

    WarEagle82 in reply to creativegeek. | February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The GOP is probably now trying to recruit John McCain, Alan Keyes, Bob Dole and Herbert Hoover to run for this seat. Mitt Romney is currently unavailable.

    You bet there are ways the GOP can choke…

      McCoy2k in reply to WarEagle82. | February 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

      I could hardly imagine the GOP screwing this one up, but never doubt the GOP’s ability to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.

      Don’t forget Obama carried part of Nebraska’s electoral apportionment, so don’t count out the Democrats running a minority candidate from Omaha, counting on white guilt to get them the race.

        Kerrvillian in reply to McCoy2k. | February 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        The two current top bidders for the top of the Republican ticket in 2012 are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

        Surely, professor, you were you just being tongue in cheek in questioning how the GOP could fail at this pick up or have you suffered from a transient ischemic attack?

    Oops! Damn, those are small check boxes. That should be a “like.” Typing on a tablet with fat fingers.

“Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?”

I don’t think so. According to RCP, both likely Republican candidates, Stenburg and Bruning, have substantial leads over the remaining Democrats: . Of course, it’s a ways till November, but I think this one is safe, which means the Republicans can save money here to concentrate it elsewhere, such as Missouri to defeat McCaskill.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Phineas Fahrquar. | February 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    …..until Bob Kerrey, decorated war hero amputee, former Navy SEAL, steps in and actively campaigns for the rat, some clean-cut “conservative” war hero, and then the GOP trips all over their own genitalia fawning over the rat candidate. About that time the GOP will bring in their secret weapon, Christine O’Donnell, to come out to endorse the GOP candidate.

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“Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?”

Look at our presidential contenders. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | February 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

There’s a reason why it’s called the Stupid Party 🙂

Raquel Pinkbullet | February 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

Never underestimate the ability of the Stupid Party to choke.

Raquel Pinkbullet | February 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I just read a little about Bob Kerry. How did a FAR LEFT zealot like him ever get elected in Nebraska?

In a way, I’m disappointed. I remember Bob Kerrey and it would’ve been fun to see him carpetbag his way back to Nebraska after a decade, only to get Mondale’d. Too bad.

    McCoy2k in reply to Ryan. | February 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I think that’s why he didn’t run, even he knows a defeat while trying to run a comeback to the Senate could imperil being selected to serve in a possible Obama second term, or another Democrat’s administration.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to McCoy2k. | February 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Are ou guys kidding???????? The question is about the GOP, not the ‘rats. The GOP has a highly-skilled, unsurpassed ability to lose seats in which the odds are so highly in their favor that even if they put up a three-legged jackass as their candidate, they should win. What the GOP does in those cases is put up a two-legged jackass, thereby revealing the candidate’s massive shortcomings and POOF! The rats win again!!

It would be hilarious to see Ernie Chambers win the Dem nomination, white t-shirt and all…

southcentralpa | February 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Ran it through the trusty, dusty HP-48. The chance of a Donk retention is roughly equivalent to the chance you can swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to southcentralpa. | February 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Don’t forget -the ‘rats cheat and we’re stoopid ‘cuz we let ’em……and also because we often have very crappy candidates. And, with the way the GOP masters and elitists have behaved starting with Bob Dole, they’re only going to get worse.

teaandbonbons | February 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

You asked, “Is there any way the GOP loses the pick up?”

This is the GOP you’re talking about. If there is a way to lose it, they’ll be sure to find it.

Incompetent morons.

JackRussellTerrierist | February 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

There is no question at all in my mind that the GOP can find a way to lose the seat. As my mother used to tell me whenever I ran for a student body office in high school, “Just be yourself, and you’ll succeed.” The same advice is true for the GOP – if they’ll just be themselves, they’re sure to succeed in their effort to completely blow it, as usual.

Should it appear, by some fluke, that they’re going to win, they can always fall back on their old standby, grandpa’s old double-barrel ACME 10 gauge blunderbuss, and blast themselves in both feet, thereby demonstrating their perennial ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory so successfully that that even Wile E. Coyote would be proud. GO TEAM GO!

Hee hee. The liberal trolls in the comments at (a Nebraska Republican blog) are AWOL today. Bob K was the best opportunity to hold this seat.

Cowboy Curtis | February 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Professor, I just got off the phone with the RNC. They said, “Challenge accepted.”

huskers-for-palin | February 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Methinks it comes down to Bruning or Stenberg. Fischer is a long shot but well respected in the rural areas of the state. Bruning is rather slick, Stenberg an old warhorse for the conservative cause.

Money is on Bruning.

If Kerry threw his hat into the ring, there would of been a major effort by the RNC to get the governor (Dave Heineman…who is quite popular) into the race.