Nebraska Senate Candidate Could Face Controversy With Ties to Progressive University

Bob Kerrey represented the people of Nebraska for sixteen years: six as governor and twelve as senator, before leaving office in 2000. Following a 12 year hiatus, the Democrat is running for Senate once again, but may some explaining to do with Nebraskans in regards to what he was doing during his time as president of The New School between 2001 and 2010.

The New School describes itself as a ”legendary progressive university” that “launches” students into the real world as “world citizens-individuals whose ideas and innovations forge new paths of progress in the arts, design, humanities, public policy, and the social sciences.” A new report from Nebraska Watchdog reveals just how The New School got its progressive reputation and the far left happenings on the campus where Kerrey served as president not too long ago.

“Founded in 1919 by progressives, the New School has long been regarded as an outpost for radical thought,” reads the report. “In the 1930s, intellectuals fleeing Nazi Germany found refuge within its classrooms.” Some interesting coursework from the 2012-2013 New School:

  • LREL 3101 — A transgender Jesus Christ? Students in “Queering & Decolonizing Theory” explore homosexuality and religion.
  • LCST 3046 — Child sexuality is discussed in “Queerness of Children.” This course includes examination of the “It Gets Better” campaign, a social movement encouraging youth to accept their homosexuality with optimism.
  • GHIS 5122 — Students in Social Research take this class, “Know your Red States,” to put conservative thought in a petri dish for close examination. There is no blue states course offered.
  • GSOC 5106 — Study how the youth culture deals with drugs, comedy and sex in an urban setting. Students can discuss their own sexual and drug-induced adventures in the course. “We intend to spend time examining in detail the world of sex, toxicmania and comedy with a primary interest on personal forays into these areas of the city using embodiment as a key theoretic strategy,” the description says.
Thats not even half of the loony credits Nebraska Watchdog was able to uncover.
Nebraska Senate Candidate Could Face Controversy With Ties to Progressive University
Kerrey’s jettison from Nebraska to the Big Apple after leaving office, and subsequent return to run again, has been a problem as it is for the Medal of Honor recipient and 1992 Democratic presidential primary candidate.
In March, Crossroads GPS released a radio ad alleging Kerrey has “embarrassed” Nebraska for making a “back room deal” with Sen. Harry Reid and Democratic leadership before entering the race.
“Maybe that’s how you do it when you lived in New York for the last decade, like Bob Kerrey,” the narrator reads. “But it’s not the Nebraska way.”
The ad also features a soundbite from Kerrey saying that the longer he has lived in Greenwich Village, the further left he’s gone on health care.
“Back room deals and government run health care may be popular in New York City, but it’s not the Nebraska way,” a folksy voice repeats.
To boot, Kerrey’s tenure as president of the New School has not exactly been praised by students or faculty. Kerrey announced in May 2009 that he would step down at the end of his contract two years later. At the time Kerrey faced sit-ins staged by student protesters and in December 2008 the faculty voted no confidence in Kerrey, 74 to 2. The New York Times reports that the revolt against Kerrey was touched off by the dismissal of a popular provost, and faculty members furthere complained that Kerrey let fiscal considerations override academic ones while faulting him for high turnover at the university. Graduates heckled and student leaders condemned the 2006 commencement speaker chosen by Kerry, his friend Sen. John McCain.
Kerry earned $3 million from the institution during his final year as president.
According to a POLITICO report released Tuesday, Kerrey has forged a closer relationship with fellow Nebraskan Warren Buffett on the campaign trail:

The world’s most famous Omahan — and one of its richest men — is putting his political weight behind the Nebraska Democratic Senate candidate, making a rare foray into electoral politics at a time when he’s become deeply involved in the national debate over taxes and deficits.

Buffett plans to help pad Kerrey’s campaign war chest by throwing an Omaha fundraiser later this month for the Democratic candidate, officials say.

Buffett has donated $5000 to Kerrey’s 2012 campaign.