First, a little random Separated at Birth, contributed by Leavenworth Street reader, and Lincoln Journal Star editorial cartoonist, Neal Obermeyer:
Mike Johanns and Alan Partridge
Now, while this SAB will be lost on 99.999% of you (as it was on us), Alan Partridge is a popular character done by BBC radio and TV star Steve Coogan. We know this, because we read this Wikipedia entry.
Nealo has now laid down the gauntlet to the rest of you out there to come up with some SABs. Get to work.
Two weeks ago, the AP reported that Cosmic Bob Kerrey would “likely” make up his mind about running for the U.S. Senate “next week”. That would have been last week which, according to our calendar, has come and gone.
Then we learned that Bob, though he’s been thinking about this for months now, has made no headway on his decision. Hmm.
Next, we find out via a random New York City blogger, that in spite of all his talk about calling Nebraska farmers, he has been meeting with New York Senators. (Arm in arm with Chuck Schumer, in this case. Color us shocked.)
So what’s he waiting for?
Well, let’s look at his decision-making process again:
1) Kerrey only runs if he thinks he WILL win.
2) Poll numbers may show that he can’t beat Johanns.
3) But poll numbers may show that Bruning could beat Johanns in the primary (or maybe they don’t).
4) Poll numbers may show that Kerrey can beat Bruning.
5) So are the odds good enough that Bruning would beat Johanns, and then Kerrey would beat Bruning?
Well we (meaning us, the non-pollster public) don’t really know. And while we do know and understand that Kerrey uprooting his kindergartener would be a hassle, let’s not pretend that Kerrey would be the first guy to go to D.C. with kids. We probably can all agree that trying to raise a family while in Congress sucks, but c’mon. You make that decision six months ago, while telling the New School board of directors (which may or may not include convicted felons) that you may quit real soon.
Enough with the hemming and hawing and “I’m talking to Nebraskans on tractors” and going on Scarbourough Country (or Morning Joe, as it were) saying “it’s possible”.
Kerrey’s only question is WILL I WIN?
The answer to that question will be the deciding factor, no matter what ever else he may say. (And thank-you to Hal Daub for giving us the honest answer when he dropped out. Will Kerrey do the same?)
The LJS’s Don Walton has laid out the scuttlebutt on who may run for Nebraska’s three House seats. Notably NOT on the list are 2nd Districters Jim Esch and Cliff Herd. Also on the 2nd District list with the ever-mentioned State Sen. Tom White is State Sen. Steve Lathrop. Walton also notes that Maxine Moul will be a no-show in the 1st District.
Walton’s full list of Dem prospects:
1st District: State Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln and state Sen. Kent Rogert of Tekamah.
2nd District: State Sens. Tom White and Steve Lathrop, both of Omaha.
3rd District: Scott Kleeb of Hastings, the 2006 Democratic nominee, and state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton.