No the sixty-two year old needs to find an “attractive” new club that will suit his needs for prestige and just the right amount of back-slapping. And Dem Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have just the place for him. (D.C. chat has Fahey considering Senate bid – OWH – 2/11/07.)
Congressional County Club…er…the U.S. Senate.
Let’s let Fahey put it in his own words:
“You’d be a member of the 100 Club…It’s one of the highest honors a person could have.”
OK, so now that we know what issues Fahey will run on – him being in a swell new club and him being honored by you – let’s get down to brass tacks and determine if he’d have a shot at winning the general (and this is all assuming Chuck Hagel doesn’t run for re-election):
Fahey vs. Mike Johanns
Fahey gets blown away, potentially with David Hahn-esque numbers.
And it would probably be more likely that Fahey would wait to see whether Johanns would get in before committing.
Fahey vs. Jon Bruning
Some (like apparently Fahey and his manager Paul Johnson) think that Fahey would have a pretty good shot here. The view here on Leavenworth Street is that Bruning would out-hustle him every step of the way, and everywhere west of 150th Street Fahey would look like a rich old Omaha guy who doesn’t understand the rest of Nebraska.
Fahey vs. Jeff Fortenberry
Fortenberry would clean his clock, Maxine Moul style. A possible reason for Fort to get in the race (assuming he could beat Bruning).
(Note we’re leaving Lee Terry out of this analysis b/c we still think he’s more likely to stay in the House, as his cred continues to rise.)
Fahey vs Pete Ricketts
The battle of Fairacres! We’ll give Fahey a decent shot in this one – and the reason Nebraska Republicans probably wouldn’t give Pete another go right away.
Fahey vs Hal Daub
Most would say give it to Fahey, since he beat Daub in Omaha. But this would still be an old school battle between party elders. Just for the heck of it, we’ll give the edge to Daub and let the usual suspect hit the comment line to bitch about it.
Fahey vs Kermit Brashear
The OWH keeps mentioning his name in Senate stories, so they must know something about Brashear’s interests. We just don’t see a GOP nomination as the least bit likely, even if Kermit brings back his infringing green frog commercials.