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Report: Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to retire

Posted on 12/27/2011 12:42:39 PM PST by Perdogg

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/12/ben-nelson-retirement/1


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: nebraska; nelson; retire; senator
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1 posted on 12/27/2011 12:42:42 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Good riddance .


2 posted on 12/27/2011 12:45:26 PM PST by Para-Ord.45 (+)
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To: Perdogg

Bye you treacherous bitch.


3 posted on 12/27/2011 12:48:11 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: Para-Ord.45

I hope the B@#T@RD has trouble sleeping for the rest of his natural life, and is seated in the smoking section for his eternal one.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 12:48:46 PM PST by verga (We get what we tolerate and increase that which we reward)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Lets hope the Republicans put up a quality candidate


5 posted on 12/27/2011 12:48:46 PM PST by martinidon
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To: Perdogg
He read the handwriting on the wall.
6 posted on 12/27/2011 1:02:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: Perdogg

The Pubs should pick up this seat. Great news!


7 posted on 12/27/2011 1:04:56 PM PST by Reagan is King
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To: Perdogg

Adios putz.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 1:05:55 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: verga
I hope the B@#T@RD has trouble sleeping for the rest of his natural life, and is seated in the smoking section for his eternal one.

Why do I have the same feeling?

9 posted on 12/27/2011 1:07:52 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; Coop; Crichton; ...

OK, so that makes our pickup of the Nebraska Senate seat official.

Whoever wins the GOP nomination will win the Nebraska seat and form part of the emerging GOP Senate majority. There’s no need to “settle” here.


10 posted on 12/27/2011 1:12:45 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

That depends on who the Republicans nominate; lets hope it is a quality candidate


11 posted on 12/27/2011 1:15:49 PM PST by martinidon
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To: Perdogg

This is a surprise; who do the Democrats have to hold this seat? It has been Democrat for some time, hasn’t it? NE once had two good senators, Carl T. Curtis and Roman Hruska. Most of the others since have been disappointments.


12 posted on 12/27/2011 1:20:08 PM PST by Theodore R. (I'll still vote for Santorum if he is on the April 3 ballot.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; All
Whoever wins the GOP nomination will win the Nebraska seat and form part of the emerging GOP Senate majority.

Confidence is one thing, cockiness is another. I would insert the word "probably" somewhere in that sentence.

No can someone please educate us on which Republicans are looking to participate in this primary race and their strengths and weaknesses.

13 posted on 12/27/2011 1:22:24 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Perdogg

After years of being cornholed by nelson, the cornhuskers have finally turned the tables.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 1:23:49 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Heineman may see this as an opening to get in. I’m more than a bit disappointed at his endorsement of Slick Willard.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 1:25:30 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: Perdogg

http://www.battlegroundblog.com/2011/10/26/darcy-richardson-why-im-running-for-president/#comment-4683
Discussion 11 Comments

OBAMACARE is a convoluted mess – it needs massive simplification and speed-up of phase-in of important measures. Need a Single-payer alternative of Medicare18-64. Example: with one nationwide uniform rate for standard class and free yearly exams with discounts for healthy life styles up to 60% – if not obese, no drugs, nort alcoholic or STDs with this plan covering first $250,000/year per person and private insurers can come into market above that without ability for rate-ups and no exclusions for preexisting conditions! Keep it safe, simple, sane and secure!

What Max Baucus did to those doctors and nurses – having them arrested – is a natioal disgrace and he and Ben Nelson as Democrtic Committee Chairmen are both aged DINOs and corporate suck-ups.


16 posted on 12/27/2011 1:29:10 PM PST by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Reagan is King
The Pubs should pick up this seat. Great news!

As if an R by their name means anything.

But, in any case, the squishy Republican Party leaders in NE, in spite of a large registration edge, have a history of handing US Senate seats to the Democrats.

17 posted on 12/27/2011 1:39:07 PM PST by EternalVigilance (With God Obama can't hurt us. Without God, George Washington couldn't save us.)
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To: Perdogg

Will this be a pick up for Repubilicans? Who is running for it?


18 posted on 12/27/2011 1:39:26 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: Perdogg

Please do NOT let the screen door it your traitor-@$$ on the way out!!


19 posted on 12/27/2011 1:49:02 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Perdogg

I was hoping he would hang in there so the Dems would spend a ton of cash in a losing battle. Bye-bye


20 posted on 12/27/2011 1:49:28 PM PST by MattinNJ
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To: SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; melancholy; butterdezillion; fieldmarshaldj; opentalk; Just A Nobody; ..
Ping!!!

Now will Congress wise up and repeal that "Cornhusker kickback" - Nelson's fetid legacy - along with ALL of Obamacare?

21 posted on 12/27/2011 1:50:04 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Theodore R.

The Democrats have nobody. What are they going to do, convince Bob Kerrey to move back to Nebraska and run?

ND and NE are ours. We need to net two additional seats to have 51 Senators on January 3, 2013; I think we’re on our way to 54-56 Senators.

Oh, and go Santorum!


22 posted on 12/27/2011 1:50:44 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Theodore R.

Bob Kerrey - who was a senator before amd Medal of Honor recipient. He will be tough to beat.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 1:53:11 PM PST by oldbill
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Agreed.


24 posted on 12/27/2011 1:54:08 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: Perdogg

Awww, damn it! I was looking forward to voting against him!


25 posted on 12/27/2011 2:00:14 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: martinidon

“Lets hope the Republicans put up a quality candidate”

Don’t hold your breath! We will be stuck with an Obozo lite sure as GOD made little green apples...


26 posted on 12/27/2011 2:02:03 PM PST by mongo141
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Bahney Fwanks is opting out too. Looks like a trend. A very welcome trend.

Too bad the idiot RINOs don’t get the message as well.


27 posted on 12/27/2011 2:06:48 PM PST by dools0007world
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To: AuH2ORepublican

My guess is the dems will run Scott Kleeg. He had run against Adrian Peterson for the House seat a few years back. He’s a young, good-looking, pro-military (grew up in the military), socially liberal guy.

Seems like it always comes down to whether the rest of the state can make up for the Omaha vote (and Lincoln, somewhat).

I’m glad if Nelson isn’t running. I don’t even want to see ads showing his face and claiming he’s done great things. Everybody in our family knows if we’re watching the weather and an ad like that comes up, we need to mute the TV just to keep from getting sick.


28 posted on 12/27/2011 2:08:54 PM PST by butterdezillion
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To: Perdogg

His private polling must show there’s not a chance in Hades he’d get re-elected.


29 posted on 12/27/2011 2:10:19 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (No Mit Sherlock. No Mit, not now, not ever. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Perdogg

Finally, now maybe the GOP can pick up another seat vacated by the DemocRat.


30 posted on 12/27/2011 2:11:58 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; Coop; Crichton
>> OK, so that makes our pickup of the Nebraska Senate seat official. Whoever wins the GOP nomination will win the Nebraska seat and form part of the emerging GOP Senate majority. There’s no need to “settle” here. <<

You're probably right, but remember, that's what we thought about this very same seat when Senator Bob Kerrey retired. The GOP assumed they'd win it by default but then they were blindsided when the RATs ran former Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson and outspent them considerably. RATs do a lot better than the GOP when it comes to scoring upset Senate victories in states heavily favored for the other party.

So, don't count your chickens before they hatch.

I agree Nebraska is solidly conservative and we shouldn't have to settle on a squishy Republican, but the pro-RINO crowd on FR will always claim so-and-so RINO is "the best we can get" and "the ONLY electable candidate", no matter what the state's ideological leanings are. Those useful idiot pro-RINO "conservatives" even saddled us with Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.

31 posted on 12/27/2011 2:13:23 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: butterdezillion

Yeah, I thought of Kleeg (but had forgotten his name). Has he been in the public eye since losing in 2006? I don’t think he has run for anything else since then, and it will be difficult for a Democrat in NE with no electoral history to beat a statewide officeholder such as Stenberg or Bruning (or even a congressman such as Fortenberry).


32 posted on 12/27/2011 2:25:11 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Reagan is King
Not id they F it up like they did when Harry Reed was up for re-election!
33 posted on 12/27/2011 2:25:44 PM PST by southphilly
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To: Perdogg

His political career ended the moment he voted for Obozocare.


34 posted on 12/27/2011 2:26:11 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Reagan is King
Not if they F it up like they did when Harry Reed was up for re-election!
35 posted on 12/27/2011 2:26:11 PM PST by southphilly
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To: Perdogg

His political career ended the moment he voted for Obozocare.


36 posted on 12/27/2011 2:26:43 PM PST by Signalman
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To: oldbill
“Bob Kerrey - who was a senator before amd Medal of Honor recipient. He will be tough to beat “ Maybe . However if the Pubs run someone under 70 who is s Conservative , this should be a pick up .
37 posted on 12/27/2011 2:26:43 PM PST by fantom (,)
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To: BillyBoy

When Kerrey retired in 2000, the Dems had a recent governor ready to run (Ben Nelson, who was term-limited in 1998); they have no such candidate this time around. The only Dem governors of NE during the past 40 years have been soon-to-be-ex-Senator Nelson, ex-Senator Kerrey, and late ex-Senator Exon.


38 posted on 12/27/2011 2:30:39 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: verga
I hope the B@#T@RD has trouble sleeping for the rest of his natural life,

He would have to possess a conscience for that to happen. I am extremely dubious.

and is seated in the smoking section for his eternal one.

A much more likely scenario, along with "Judas" Sestak.

39 posted on 12/27/2011 2:32:08 PM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Perdogg
There was some talk that our governor Dave Heineman will run. He is very popular; he beat Ne Football coach Tom Osborne. The only problem we could run into is cheating. Unions and double/triple/dead voting. We have a black x councilman who thinks he's Jesse Jackson II. He's on local tv calling white people nasty names; including women white b-—hes. No one else could get away with it. He has a call in show & it someone gets the better of him he gives out there name and phone number on air. He's so full of hate I think he's satans main man.
40 posted on 12/27/2011 2:35:47 PM PST by Linda Frances
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To: oldbill
Kerrey was going to run years back and backed out. Someone had info on something that happened in Vietnam. Don't know any details, but when the innuendo's started, he backed out.
41 posted on 12/27/2011 2:40:27 PM PST by Linda Frances
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To: AuH2ORepublican
I recall FR threads in 2000 were pretty much saying what you're saying now... the seat is going to go GOP with Kerrey retiring and it's a done deal. I think Nelson had already run an unsucessful campaign for U.S. Senate previously.

And here's the latest "update":

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On December 27, 2011, Political Wire reported that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson would not seek re-election, and asserted that Kerrey was in talks with senior Democrats about the possibility of replacing him.[22] The Washington Post reported that Kerrey would neither confirm nor deny the rumor.[23] ==============================================

I wouldn't put it past the NE 'RATs to "persuade" Kerrey into "un-retiring" for the "good of the party", like they did with Lautencorpse in NJ.

42 posted on 12/27/2011 2:41:27 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Scott Kleeb actually did run for office again. In 2008, he ran for the Senate against former Gov. Mike Johanns. Johanns beat him pretty handily, 58%-40%. Kleeb only won eight counties, all sparsely populated in the middle of the state except for Lincoln-based Lancaster county, where he barely edged out Johanns by a point. Kleeb also ran pretty far behind Obama in the Omaha area.


43 posted on 12/27/2011 2:46:37 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

So Kleeb ran statewide and lost big in the best Dem year in NE since 1988 or so? Maybe he should stick to posing for Liberal Tiger Beat magazine.


44 posted on 12/27/2011 2:55:34 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: BillyBoy

If Kerrey runs, it could be very competitive (assuming that Kerrey still has it in his gut). Without Kerrey, I stand by my characterization of the race as a certain GOP pickup.

If Kerrey was close to deciding in favor of a run, wouldn’t the Dems have leaned on Nelson to wait for Kerrey to commit before announcing his retirement? I think that the Dems know they’re up excrement creek without a paddle and are throwing a Hail Mary to Kerrey in desperation (sorry for the mixed metaphors).


45 posted on 12/27/2011 2:59:48 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Impy; Clintonfatigued; randita

I can’t imagine Kerrey running again. Besides the fact that he turns 70 in 2013, it would’ve been 18 years since he ran a race and he left the state to go run a leftist moonbat college in NYC. To run at that age for an iffy run to serve in what will probably be the minority just doesn’t sound very appealing. It’s not like he can make another run for President, either. Sad part is, he’d still probably be the Dems strongest candidate since they have no farm team whatsoever.


46 posted on 12/27/2011 3:06:27 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: Perdogg

Why not contact the Nebraska GOP and find out what and who they are planning on? If we don’t start pushing our own Republican leaders here in Colorado then we have no right to complain when no one steps up to run. I am not going to sit back at home and wait for some action by the Colorado GOP, I want to contact them and get involved, no more just sitting on the sidelines and “hoping” for the best.
I think we would all be pleasantly surprised to find our help would be much needed and appreciated. I sat on my hands when our Senator Bennett was shoved into office, I thought there is nothing to be done but now we have Udall up for a rerun and I am hoping to have family and friends do everything we can to rid ourselves of these parasitic, democrats in the Senate. We can and must all pitch in. Best of luck to Nebraska, hope you find a great conservative to take Nelson’s place


47 posted on 12/27/2011 3:07:10 PM PST by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: Perdogg

Why not contact the Nebraska GOP and find out what and who they are planning on? If we don’t start pushing our own Republican leaders here in Colorado then we have no right to complain when no one steps up to run. I am not going to sit back at home and wait for some action by the Colorado GOP, I want to contact them and get involved, no more just sitting on the sidelines and “hoping” for the best.
I think we would all be pleasantly surprised to find our help would be much needed and appreciated. I sat on my hands when our Senator Bennett was shoved into office, I thought there is nothing to be done but now we have Udall up for a rerun and I am hoping to have family and friends do everything we can to rid ourselves of these parasitic, democrats in the Senate. We can and must all pitch in. Best of luck to Nebraska, hope you find a great conservative to take Nelson’s place


48 posted on 12/27/2011 3:08:04 PM PST by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: Perdogg
Nelson
49 posted on 12/27/2011 3:20:10 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Perdogg

He knew last year he wasn’t going to run again, that is why he voted for Obamacare.


50 posted on 12/27/2011 3:33:29 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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