Oh sure there are some TV cameras around, and the TV stations have gotten a little richer by having Obama play his generic 30-second spots But the big free-media is pretty much non-existent, and when you look at the national news, they’re already looking past Saturday and to the Potomac Primary Tuesday.
So wasn’t the point of the caucuses for Nebraska to “be on the national stage” and to “get the candidates (plural) to listen to Nebraskans”? That’s what we’ve been hearing. Unfortunately, with Obama’s rise and Hillary’s sudden free-fall in the cash department, it’s become a one-man-show. So (following the previous analogy) instead of a major feature on Sports Center, it’s turned into a 15-second clip of Obama’s five touchdowns. Oh, it’ll be noted on the scoreboard, but let’s not pretend that the rest of the country cares.
But don’t feel bad, Democrats. If the Nebraska Republicans had chosen to have caucuses on the same day, it would have been the same result. A few Romney people milling around, a possible fly-over by McCain, a few Huckabee signs — and Ron Paul supporters running naked in the streets. But no one would have paid it much attention.
We’re not bashing your little Saturday get-togethers. (We’re arguing in favor of major reform of the Presidential Primary system.) Sure the caucuses are a nice party-organizing idea and you’ll give Barack a swell tour of the bowels of the Civic Auditorium. But let’s not pretend it’s Game Day, ok? It makes you look desperate.
And speaking of desperate, how about Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey jumping on the Barack Bandwagon ! Way to be out in front Mikey! Seems to us, you spent some time in Iowa where you could have provided some support for your guy, no? But hey, it’s nice to wait for the winner. We bet you just became a Giants fan too. (Puts a lot of confidence in you to get that stadium issue cleared up lickety-split.)
We also chuckle at Fahey’s reasoning for supporting Obama: “we need a leader who can build a coalition of all Americans.” Yeah, the guy with THE MOST LIBERAL voting record in the Senate. Right, that‘s who is going to be “building coalitions.”
It looks like the Dems have someone to challenge Jeff Fortenberry in the 1st District. His name is Max Yashirin, and the only current info we have is that he’s a “young veteran” and…that’s about it. Sounds suspiciously similar to the guy the Dems came up with in the 2nd District. Hmm, do we see a trend here?
And by the way, in the same Sioux City Journal story by Bret Hayworth, Dem Chairman Matt Connealy says he thinks Kleeb will challenge Tony Raimondo for the Senate nomination. Now THAT would be fun to watch! Who’s your money on? The party Golden Boy with the geled hair and no experience? Or the 68 year old, two-month-ago-a-Republican, businessman who’s best buds with Ben Nelson? We’re sitting down and getting a big bowl of popcorn for that one…