In case you missed it, in today’s Lincoln Journal Star, Don Walton gives the back story on the Nebraska GOP stalwarts’ effort to get Nebraska Right to Life’s endorsement for Pete Ricketts (Tension marked Nelson endorsement – LJS – 7/18/06). Leavenworth Street’s position on this can be read below.
An interesting aspect in all of this is all the GOP sluggers that came to bat for Ricketts: Jeff Fortenberry, Kay Orr and Don Stenberg top the list. (And Stenberg’s call is one of the most intriguing, considering the bitter primary that he was a part of. Sure, there may be some self interest in this, but he made the call nonetheless.)
The LJS says, “others” called NRL. So who was asked to call, but didn’t? Was Dave Kramer part of that others? Chuck Hagel? Dave Heineman? Lee Terry? Hal Daub? Tom Osborne (who would have his own axe to grind against them)?
Did any of these calls make a difference? Probably not. It’s likely that Julie Schmit-Albin and the gang had their mind made up on the endorsement, and a collect call from Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have changed their minds.