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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kerrey On

Former Nebraska Governor (1983-787) and Senator (1989-2001) Bob Kerrey is returning to his home state from New York to again run for the senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Ben Nelson.  The Democratic idea is that he is the only Dem with any chance to win that seat.   Kerrey is staunchly independent, and cannot be expected to toe the party line.  But if he were to replace Nelson, the bluest of blue dogs, that would almost be the equivalent of wining a seat currently held by a Republican - a seat that would almost certainly otherwise go to a Republican.

After a decade-long absence, the people of Nebraska might not embrace Kerrey again.  It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

Kerry lost part of one leg during combat in Viet Nam, and received the Medal of Honor,  "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."

Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell closed his program with this poignant clip of Kerrey, taken when he first won his senate seat.

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