Oh my: Deb Fischer leads Bob Kerrey by 18 points in Nebraska

posted at 4:52 pm on May 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

Granted, it’s a deep red state, but I’m surprised regardless. Kerrey served two terms in the Senate and another as governor so his name recognition is sky high; Fischer, meanwhile, was a distant third in the primary race behind Bruning and Stenberg as of just a few weeks ago. Can an almost total upstart crush one of the most successful Democrats in recent state history?

Apparently, yeah:

State Senator Deb Fischer holds an 18-point lead over Democrat Bob Kerrey in the first Rasmussen Reports survey of the Nebraska U.S. Senate race since her upset win in last week’s state Republican primary.

A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nebraska shows Fischer with 56% support to 38% for Kerrey who is trying to reclaim the Senate seat he retired from in 2001. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

The question mark with all insurgent primary winners after Angle and O’Donnell is whether they’ll make so many unforced errors on the trail that voters will decide they’re too risky to roll the dice on. Richard Mourdock seems unlikely to have that problem; he already holds statewide office as Indiana’s treasurer and, from what I’ve read, operates as a seasoned pol. According to Michael Warren of the Standard, Fischer’s unlikely to have problems either:

During an April 7 debate in Omaha, Fischer, a two-term member of the Nebraska legislature, introduced herself with a list of her legislative achievements. Among those accomplishments were a highway funding bill that Fischer said “recognized that infrastructure is a priority and a responsibility of a limited government.”

In that same debate, Fischer reiterated her support for repealing Obamacare, but added that as an alternative, Republicans ought to pursue a number of policies—tort reform, insurance portability—to lower health care costs…

Fischer appears responsible with her rhetoric, too. Responding to one question about impeaching federal officials who are violating the Constitution, Fischer sat patiently while another candidate spoke at length about the need for Congress to exercise its impeachment powers more frequently. Then, during her answer, she began by saying that as a U.S. senator she would have an obligation to investigate if officials had violated the law. But she said talk of impeachment needed to be measured and responsible.

“It’s easy to sit here and say, yes, I’m going to do this and I’m going to do that. These are serious issues, and these are heavy issues,” Fischer continued, recounting her experience with impeachment proceedings in the Nebraska legislature. “You need to be thoughtful about it, and you need to have the information available.”

“You need to be thoughtful about it” is not an approach that’s going to lose you an 18-point lead. In fact, I’m eager now to see how much money the DSCC is willing to invest in Nebraska in hopes of stealing the seat. Superficially, they’ve got a good bet there. If their midwestern incumbents like McCaskill and Tester are going down, why not gamble on a proven winner like Bob Kerrey against a tea-party upstart who’s spent just seven years in government? The answer: This poll. If they can’t find something with which to demagogue Fischer as an “extremist,” they’ve got virtually no argument. And given how successful Palin’s endorsement was before the primary, I’m guessing the inevitable “Sarah Palin supports her!!” attack ad won’t do much to help. Exit quotation via National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar: “Take a close look at the scoreboard: A well-respected senator suffering a historic primary loss, a once-popular former four-term governor being rebuked by party activists, a Republican establishment favorite losing despite a significant organizational advantage, and another one at serious risk of being defeated. If the tea party hasn’t already won, I don’t know what victory looks like.”


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People hate carpetbeggars, for all the good reasons.

Nelson wasn’t a cornhusker for a loooong time…why should another one like him take his place?

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Nebraska folks don’t look favorably on a guy who abandoned the state 12 years ago for New York City and returned only because Nelson couldn’t get elected dog-catcher.

teke184 on May 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Game On!

BigGator5 on May 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

good

rob verdi on May 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

If their midwestern incumbents like McCaskill and Tester are going down

The “If” better disappear.

Out with the old-timers.

McConnell is next.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Palin coattails!

SMACKRUNNER on May 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I lived in Omaha, Nebraska for about 23 years.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Mitoch55 on May 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hardest hit: McCain, Boehner & McConnell

Typicalwhitewoman on May 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Palin. Horrible VP candidate. Uninformed. Out of her depth. Would be a failure on Jeopardy.

Kingmaker. Or rather, Queenmaker. There’s never been one like her. There will be imitators.

Paul-Cincy on May 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well hopefully we take over both houses just in case Chairman Obama wins. That way we can at least try and stop some of the damage he is purposely inflicting on this country.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Dear LSM,

See what all your hysterical mouth-foaming got ya? You managed to call every decent, human being in the United States a “wingnut” and the pi$$ed-off the electorate. Now the Tea Party is stronger than ever. Do yourself a favor, media, and REPORT THE DAM#ED NEWS and keep your leftist lunacy in check.

This only proves the electorate doesn’t buy the s#it the media is selling.

The Electorate

Turtle317 on May 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Slightly OT but I was thrilled to vote early for Ted Cruz for US Senate here in Texas.

The Republican primary area was busy. The entire time I was there I only saw one voter at the democratic primary area.

It wasn’t that way in the 08 primary.

jazzuscounty on May 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

With Fischer and Mourdock, it looks like the Tea Party learned some important lessons.

Candidate quality counts!

Hopefully, the era of Christine O’Donnell and Ken Buck is over and we’ll no longer give Democrats Senate seats on silver platters.

BradTank on May 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Nobody in the media will come anywhere CLOSE to admitting how big an issue Obamacare will be in the coming election.

logis on May 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The Palin army marches on…:)

idesign on May 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

…oh Palin did nothing!
…oh Fisher had all the mo!
…oh the Tea Party didn’t do a thing…they endorsed blah blah!
…oh she’s a RIHNO!
…oh she’ll lose!
…oh oh oh!…anal anal anal…blah blah blah!
(There!…now I can skip over those comments!)

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM

If their midwestern incumbents like McCaskill and Tester are going down

So if those two are toast and Fischer wins big as this poll indicates, that means if Romney wins the Presidency and Brown holds off Chief Warren, that’s enough right there to give the GOP control of the Senate. Every seat they pick up from that point on(and there will be more) just pads their majority.

Doughboy on May 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Never forget that this is the “Cornhusker Kickback” seat.

mabelee on May 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

And given how successful Palin’s endorsement was before the primary, I’m guessing the inevitable “Sarah Palin supports her!!” attack ad won’t do much to help.

Heartache. Palin is Poison dweebs hardest hit.

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The dude lives in NY. He shouldn’t be getting 10% of the votes. This shows the blindness of the Dem faithful.

I think he registered his address at his Sister’s house right before the due date to be eligible for the primary, someone correct me if I am wrong on this one. Just something I heard from a co-worker here in the Cornhusker state.

Nebraska learned it’s lesson from putting a Moderate in office like Nelson. He can vote 90% of the time how we conservatives ask. But one vote on a critical piece of legislation, like Obamacare, can change the direction for the entire country.

Nebraska WILL NOT make the same mistake by putting a New Yorker in Washington to supposedly represent Nebraska.

Fischer hasn’t been vetted very much in the state yet, but having met her, I don’t think there are any skeletons in her closet. The worst thing that could potentially come up is if she has received any government support from the Farm Bill (she and her husband own a ranch).

I am hoping the Dems throw tons of money into the state, because it will be simply throwing it away. They will not be competitive in this race barring something extremely damaging to Deb.

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Woo hoo! Bye Bye Nelson, hello Fischer! And bye-bye McCaskill, hello John Brunner. It will be so nice to get some solid conservatives into office.

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

jazzuscounty

Thanks for the update on the Ted Cruz race in Texas.
Good to know lots of people are showing up.

I’ll vote on election day.
I’m paranoid they’ll misplace my early vote.

I had my hubbie print out, in color, my yard sign I made on PowerPoint for, TED CRUZ FOR SENATE.

How do we dump Boehner?

Typicalwhitewoman on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

So this must mean that the personal attacks and smear campaign must be intensified. At any cost.

ndanielson on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Every once in a while (like today) I say to myself….

“it’s going to be ok – the pendulum will swing back to reason”

jake-the-goose on May 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Hardest hit: McCain, Boehner & McConnell

Typicalwhitewoman on May 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

…have they been hospitalized? Very weak candidates to mentally or emotionally… take, any kind of hit!

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Heartache. Palin is Poison dweebs hardest hit.

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

:)

INC on May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

So if those two are toast and Fischer wins big as this poll indicates, that means if Romney wins the Presidency and Brown holds off Chief Warren, that’s enough right there to give the GOP control of the Senate. Every seat they pick up from that point on(and there will be more) just pads their majority.

Doughboy on May 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

That would only be a net-gain of 3. I think the R’s have to gain 4. Of course, North Dakota, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia are also up so a net gain of 4 shouldn’t be much of a problem.

topdawg on May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

With Johanns and Fischer, we will try to compensate for all the libs in the Senate. You’re welcome, America.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

And some good HA people poo poo a woman VP choice for Super Mitt….in lieu of another white guy.

FlaMurph on May 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

As soon as Kerrey decided to run for Senate, my local radio station had devastating ads against him. Nebraskans are not happy about Nelson, and they’re really taking it out on Kerrey. Plus, as has been mentioned before, he’s pretty close to carpetbagger status if he doesn’t qualify already. Go Deb Fischer!

pookysgirl on May 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Kerrey served two terms in the Senate and another as governor so his name recognition is sky high

…and recognition of his voting/position record is sky high, too. Kerrey didn’t have to deal with bloggers with memories the last time he ran for office, and his in-state coverage will no longer be filtered through the Lincoln/Omaha news axis, either. Bummer for him. :)

HuskerNate on May 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Tea Time.
I like mine with a little lemon.
So satisfying.

on the flip side: this is why we’re losing Kyl in Arizona. He didn’t want to go through a tea party primary nor a bruising general election that was tied to SB 1070 of which he had no part of (but people see R by his name and don’t know the nuances of his stance), and then there have been the influx in arizona, where every freaking nutjob who was able to leave California to just make it over the state line before running out of gas, became a citizen of the state, to the dismay of native arizonans (hispanics, anglos, asians,and brought in relocated muslims of somali, iraq (honor killing in 2008 that was deemed child abuse the father got off with a slap on the wrist despite phone messages saying HONOR KILLING – is she dead?)) our state is in flux.

As an aside – the state’s democrats are out registered by republicans but the democrats gained control of the “independent” redistricting commission by lying about the “independent” part – gutted many of the safe republican state and national congressional districts by pairing them against other republicans while saving democrat seats with no problems, and there’s 1 toss up seat (wow) in the mix and Holder’s justice department said Yeah that all seems good to us. We LIKE IT.

So there you have why in Arizona you’re losing Kyl and a safe seat. Remember – he’s junior to McCain and we don’t expect McCain to run so that’s 2 state Senate seats that are up for grabs and the democrats here are the democrats from either california or chicago.

they don’t play fair..

I want my state back from the inflow of idiot voters and gamester politicians.

athenadelphi on May 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

“You need to be thoughtful about it” is not an approach that’s going to lose you an 18-point lead.

Nor does it result in campaign ads that start “I am not a witch.”

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

With Fischer and Mourdock, it looks like the Tea Party learned some important lessons.

Candidate quality counts!

BradTank on May 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And don’t forget Ted Cruz. He is 100% quality. I hope there are some others coming up to bat soon.

Burke on May 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I forget who it was in the GOP Senate Debate in Nebraska that said it, but this was a funny line. I think it may have been the Ron Paul style candidate, Pat Flynn.:

Moderator: “Why do you think you are the best person to face Bob Kerrey?”

Candidate: “Well first off, I actually live in Nebraska.”

Deb needs to use that in the debate with Kerrey, Game Over.

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:23 PM

That would only be a net-gain of 3.

topdawg on May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney’s VP breaks the tie in the Senate.

mwdiver on May 17, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hardest hit: McCain, Boehner & McConnell

Typicalwhitewoman on May 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Why? They’ll be delighted to have another moderate in the Senate.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

So this must mean that the personal attacks and smear campaign must be intensified. At any cost.

ndanielson on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Just so long as he doesn’t start trotting out his Medal of Honor as the reason why he should be elected over Fischer. I can’t stand that kind of approach and loathed the way Dole and McCain used their military service to further their campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I can’t stand that kind of approach and loathed the way Dole and McCain used their military service to further their campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I don’t agree. If that’s off-limits, then things like bragging about Bain Capital should be as well.

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Why? They’ll be delighted to have another moderate in the Senate.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Why do you think Fischer is a moderate?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Oh, and let’s not forget that essentially Eisenhower’s whole campaign was based on his military record. Fair is fair.

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Just so long as he doesn’t start trotting out his Medal of Honor as the reason why he should be elected over Fischer. I can’t stand that kind of approach and loathed the way Dole and McCain used their military service to further their campaign.

It has already started. Folks over at MSNBC comments section can’t believe that Republicans are so extreme that they disparage a decorated Vet. The talking points must have already been released by the leftist hacks.

Apparently opposing a guy running for senate in Nebraska who actually lives in NY and is a documented liberal is being anti-veteran.

Bob Kerrey didn’t support Obamacare wholeheartedly….because it didn’t go far enough. Enough said.

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Assuming Fischer wins, it will be the first time that Senate seat has been held by a Republican since 1976 (with the exception of an appointee holding it for about a year and a half during the late ’80s). That’s a damn long time.

HuskerNate on May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Why? They’ll be delighted to have another moderate in the Senate.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Why do you think Fischer is a moderate?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And also, if she’s such a delightful moderate, why didn’t the GOPe back her?

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I can’t stand that kind of approach and loathed the way Dole and McCain used their military service to further their campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

..I don’t have much love for McLame politically and believe a little more fiery campaigns on both their part might have turned the tide, but if any banging of the “war hero” drums was done, it was not done by either man — both were fairly modest. If anything, it was their campaigns that did that. (yeah, splitting hairs here, granted, but..)

And neither were as shameful as J. F’in “I’m reporting for duty” Kerry and The “I consulted..I ordered..I directed..I acted..they served on my behalf” scumbag we have now.

One would hope that Kerrey was will be more circumspect.

The War Planner on May 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Back to the New School with the Old Fool.

rayra on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Why do you think Fischer is a moderate?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Demint, and Rand Paul all endorsed Stenberg.

SHe supports higher gas taxes and benefits from a federal farm subsidy. And there are plenty of Democrats gushing over her in many articles you read about her. One can only read between the lines.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Palin is stupid and her family is white trash.I know,I’ve been told that from the MSM for 3 years.

docflash on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Oh, and let’s not forget that essentially Eisenhower’s whole campaign was based on his military record. Fair is fair.

Eisenhower was running for commander in Chief. Military Service makes sense as a job qualification for President. Not so necessary for the Senate, although not undesirable.

Kerrey is a decorated war vet…who still doesn’t live in Nebraska. Who still would have voted for Obamacare, even though he said didn’t go far enough.

People won’t be voting against him because he is a decorated Vet, no matter how bad the Dems try to guilt voters into it.

Fischer was non-eligible for the draft, so I don’t think it is a fair comparison. That right there may take the service off the table as a political benefit to Kerrey.

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And also, if she’s such a delightful moderate, why didn’t the GOPe back her?

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sassy Sarah endorsed her so she’s obviously a true conservative!

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Just so long as he doesn’t start trotting out his Medal of Honor as the reason why he should be elected over Fischer. I can’t stand that kind of approach and loathed the way Dole and McCain used their military service to further their campaign.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Hey, didja know John F’n Kerry served in Vietnam? He kinda kept it on the down low, you might not have noticed.

rayra on May 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Kerrey has on more than one occasion downplayed his service in Nam. He’s not proud of it, but Nebraskans respect him for it. That said, his military service will not be an issue for the voters here. The economy and our national debt and Obamacare will be.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Sassy Sarah endorsed her so she’s obviously a true conservative!

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Want some cheeze with you whine? LOL

idesign on May 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Hey, didja know John F’n Kerry served in Vietnam? He kinda kept it on the down low, you might not have noticed.

rayra on May 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

..actually, I believe J. F. Kerry was on a secret mission in Cambodia for his CINC, Richard M. Nixon.

;-)

The War Planner on May 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

SHe supports higher gas taxes and benefits from a federal farm subsidy. And there are plenty of Democrats gushing over her in many articles you read about her. One can only read between the lines.

Stenberg supported the Farm subisidies as did Bruning and Fischer. The only one who didn’t was Pat Flynn, and I don’t even think he got 10% of the vote. He was the Ron Paul of the Nebraska GOP Primary.

Fischer helped balance the budget in the state while still allowing the highways to be funded. She voted for a gas tax to fund *gasp* road construction. The governor line item vetoed it. After that she got a slice of current state sales tax to get the highway funding that was needed. I hardly call that moderate. It is the state’s job to fund roads, she was the chair of the transportation committee. Would you rather have the feds subsidize Nebraska’s state highways?

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Sassy Sarah endorsed her so she’s obviously a true conservative!

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

You enjoy beating dead horses, don’t you? What about this statement do you disagree with?

During an April 7 debate in Omaha, Fischer, a two-term member of the Nebraska legislature, introduced herself with a list of her legislative achievements. Among those accomplishments were a highway funding bill that Fischer said “recognized that infrastructure is a priority and a responsibility of a limited government.”

CTSherman on May 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

..and don’t fergit the magic hat!

The War Planner on May 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

It’s about fracking you freeking people.

mike3121 on May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Demint, and Rand Paul all endorsed Stenberg. SHe supports higher gas taxes and benefits from a federal farm subsidy.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Every farmer benefits from farm subsidies. Where did you find that she supports higher gas taxes? And are you a Nebraska resident or just armchair quarterback?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

And also, if she’s such a delightful moderate, why didn’t the GOPe back her?

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sassy Sarah endorsed her so she’s obviously a true conservative!

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

That didn’t answer the question. And are you automatically against anyone “Sassy Sarah” endorses? Who’s the mental Lilliputian here?

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I see I spoke too soon about the gas tax. But you’re right, a true conservative would drive on dirt roads. None of this fancy-scmancy macadam for us!

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Demint, and Rand Paul all endorsed Stenberg a tepid, uninspiring, perpetual loser who can’t drum up in-state support on his own despite appearing on pretty much every ballot since 1996.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

FIFY.

I saw more love for Stenberg on sites like RedState.com these past several months than I’ve seen in this state for the past several years.

HuskerNate on May 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“Fischer’s colleagues in the Legislature describe her as a tough lawmaker and an unwavering advocate for her overwhelmingly rural district in north-central Nebraska.

Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood, a Republican who came into office the same year as Fischer, said he could tell Fischer was “tough as nails” when they met during an orientation for freshman lawmakers.

“It didn’t take me very long to figure out she was in it to achieve great things,” Flood said. “She does not back down. She does not squirm. She looks you straight in the eye to tell you what she’s going to do, and she works with people to get it done.”

He said Fischer developed the relationships required to pass bills in a Legislature that lacked official party leaders, often lining up more than a dozen people to testify for measures she supported. Other lawmakers good-humoredly dubbed those she recruited to speak at legislative committee hearings as “Fischer’s army.”

The tactic has worked. Last year, she hammered through a road project spending package that was unpopular with some members of her party who argued the money was better spent elsewhere.

Fischer credits her GOP win to a boots-on-the-ground campaign, in which she put 45,000 miles on her car traveling rural Nebraska.

“That’s the kind of campaign you have to run in Nebraska,” she said in the days leading up to the Tuesday primary. “You know, my legislative district is the size of New Jersey.”

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/1da1a74a693041dc9acd2cbd10fcc886/NE–Nebraska-Senate-Fischer/

Viator on May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Fischer helped balance the budget in the state while still allowing the highways to be funded. She voted for a gas tax to fund *gasp* road construction. The governor line item vetoed it. After that she got a slice of current state sales tax to get the highway funding that was needed. I hardly call that moderate. It is the state’s job to fund roads, she was the chair of the transportation committee. Would you rather have the feds subsidize Nebraska’s state highways?

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

So the only way to pay for new roads is to raise taxes? That’s interesting. Sounds like your typical democrat to me.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Every farmer benefits from farm subsidies. Where did you find that she supports higher gas taxes? And are you a Nebraska resident or just armchair quarterback?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Another PDSer. I’ll bet there are quite a few here who are just iiiiitching to start in with the “Bruning or Stenberg were more electable” stuff. The problem is that the TP endorsed Bruning, so they don’t know what to do except turn to Stenberg.

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

HuskerNate on May 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

He may be a bad candidate, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the most fiscally conservative.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So the only way to pay for new roads is to raise taxes?

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

That is the generally-accepted method of raising money without going into debt, yes. How would you prefer they be paid for?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Perhaps Sen. Nelson left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. A lot of Nebraskans were really embarrassed about the “Cornhusker kick back”.

sage0925 on May 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Don’t forget the outhouses and overalls.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Fischer credits her GOP win to a boots-on-the-ground campaign, in which she put 45,000 miles on her car traveling rural Nebraska.

Viator on May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Uh, yeah. What was she, 16 points down just a couple of weeks ago?

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

It is possible to cut massive spending somewhere else and use some of those cuts on roads.

Are you really defending a Republican doing what Democrats do best?

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So this must mean that the personal attacks and smear campaign must be intensified. At any cost.

ndanielson on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

This. The LSM is going to go full-monty on her, looking for anything to hang around her neck.

It’s gonna be ugly for a while. I’m hoping they’re stuck with manufacturing crap, and that there’s nothing substantive hiding in a closet somewhere.

If there’s nothing, then we’ll be able to re-dub the MSM the PTM: Pretzel Twisting Media.

nukemhill on May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

It is possible to cut massive spending somewhere else and use some of those cuts on roads.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Okay. What would you have cut?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

ddrintn on May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

It’s good politics to credit the voters with the win. The Palin thanks should come in an interview, not a press release.

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

He may be a bad candidate, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the most fiscally conservative.

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Fitting words for the political tombstone of the guy who lost elections to Chuck Hagel and Ben Nelson.

HuskerNate on May 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

As a long-time Nebraskan, I can’t say that this is the least bit surprising to me. Today’s Bob Kerrey is an entirely different creature from the Bob Kerrey that served as governor and senator a generation and more ago. His years in NYC have not been kind to him, and have exposed him as a howling leftist, no matter how hard he lies about it in his campaign ads.

Benedict Nelson on May 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

“Deb Fischer leads Bob Kerrey by 18 points in Nebraska”

Note to the clueless, idiotic, head-up-your-butt, ruling-class Republican Establishment: give the people a REAL conservative and their support and enthusiasm will be unbounded.

TeaPartyNation on May 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

His years in NYC have not been kind to him, and have exposed him as a howling leftist, no matter how hard he lies about it in his campaign ads.

Benedict Nelson on May 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The New School isn’t exactly a Bible college!

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Joseph Robert “Bob” Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) (age 68) 3 years past the age of federal retirement, do we want new blood or recycled blood?

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Deb Fischer Born, (1951-03-01) March 1, 1951 (age 61)

Dr Evil on May 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Notorious GOP on May 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I have no problem with taxes that are spent to fund constitutionally mandated projects and improvements. At least she made sure it was paid for instead of borrowing.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hey, didja know John F’n Kerry served in Vietnam? He kinda kept it on the down low, you might not have noticed.

rayra on May 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The SWIFT boat arrival at the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 sorta let the cat out of the bag. ;0

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

We need Omaha Conservative to give us his inside view.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

We need Omaha Conservative to give us his inside view.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I agree!..I miss OC..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If the tea party hasn’t already won, I don’t know what victory looks like.”

But..but..but the political bigwigs like Madame Pelosi, and Harry Reid, and the talking heads of MSNBC, and CBS, and ABC, and NBC said the Tea Party was NOTHING. Flash in the pan. Astroturf.

Remember?

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Kerrey has on more than one occasion downplayed his service in Nam. He’s not proud of it, but Nebraskans respect him for it. That said, his military service will not be an issue for the voters here. The economy and our national debt and Obamacare will be.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I’m not so sure it is shame, the Medal of Honor recipients I’ve met do not act like Obama did for “getting” OBL. And that is appropriate and right. No Medal of Honor recipient, certainly no living recipient, really acted alone. Most of them are reluctant to even tell their own stories.

That being said, my point was simply that I can’t stand it when politicians use their military service to gloss over their politics. I have nothing but respect for Dole and McCain’s military service (Kerry not so much) and what they had to endure because of it. But that doesn’t mean I agree with their political positions.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

But..but..but the political bigwigs like Madame Pelosi, and Harry Reid, and the talking heads of MSNBC, and CBS, and ABC, and NBC said the Tea Party was NOTHING. Flash in the pan. Astroturf.

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Here’s the thing. Nobody told the Tea Party they were astroturf. Initially the rallies were effective but then the TPM got down to the business of furthering their agenda at every level of government. Not seeing people with signs on the National Mall, Pelsoi et. al. assumed it was game over. The 2010 goring of the Dems was a complete and total surprise. And it continues with establishment politicians of both parties finding themselves with real competition. I personally know a Congressman who has been in Congress for decades who may not be getting another term. It’s a safe Republican district just not maybe his anymore.

Happy Nomad on May 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I have his email, I think I’ll try to get him to comment.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I have his email, I think I’ll try to get him to comment.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Please do..Plus It would be nice to know he is okay health wise!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

People hate carpetbeggars, for all the good reasons.

Nelson wasn’t a cornhusker for a loooong time…why should another one like him take his place?

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The only reason Kerrey left New York was to go to D.C.

Daemonocracy on May 17, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I’ve emailed him. I’ll let you know when I hear back. If worse comes to worse I can call him. He gave me his number a while back.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

State law requires us to balance our budget each year.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

That is the generally-accepted method of raising money without going into debt, yes. How would you prefer they be paid for?

alwaysfiredup on May 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Romney’s stash.

katy the mean old lady on May 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Go Deb!

J.E. Dyer on May 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Good deal!..Thanks Cindy!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Go Deb!

J.E. Dyer on May 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

State law requires us to balance our budget each year.

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Cook your books then.

FlaMurph on May 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM
Good deal!..Thanks Cindy!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

…(make sure I see that post!)…

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Oh to dream about what could be on November 7 – having our country back.

Nice start NE.

sdbatboy on May 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

NebCon on May 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

That’s good but politicians have been known to maneuver around requirements.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

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