Remember way back when, when all the talk was about Bob Kerrey getting in the Senate race? He was buying a house in Dundee, and picking out kindergartens, strolling the Old Market.
And now this race is Tony Raimondo and Jim Esch pumping each other. Weird year. Anywho…
Tony Raimondo has made this a race. Who’d a thunk that Democrat poster-boy Scott Kleeb could get his Stetson handed to him in the ad war that sprang up in this short primary season?
Let us back up. We all know that Raimondo figured out, like Hal Daub and Jon Bruning before him, that he couldn’t beat Mike Johanns in a primary. But he could always be a Ben Nelson Democrat, right?
But wait, when you hear hoof-beats you shouldn’t look for zebras, so who is that? True Democrat Scott Kleeb! And the primary was over, right?
Scott sure didn’t think so. He came right out of the chute knocking Raimondo for his former Republican-ness. And then followed that up with how he’d be super bi-partisan. Wha-huh?
And then the ad-war started. And in a race where the candidates are very similar, something has had to break, and it’s been Tony’s drumbeat of business experience. (Oh, in case you didn’t hear, Behlen is a company in Nebraska that makes stuff.)
In the mean time, Kleeb’s campaign has been pure feely-goodness — not unlike what catapulted Obama to where he is. But since Nebraskans still crave a little meat with their dessert, Kleeb’s fluff has been elbowed out by Tony’s offers of bidness experience.
Buuuuut. Will that be enough for Raimondo? Because while he would very likely be a better general election opponent for Mike Johanns, he still has to make it out of the DEMOCRAT primary. And last we checked, it wasDems voting there. The same Dems who gave Kleeb their votes two years ago in the Third.
And then, we gotta hand it to KMTV reporter Joe Jordan for his standard question to Raimondo — will he support Kleeb if Kleeb wins. And Tony says…he’ll think about it.
He’ll THINK ABOUT IT??? The guy has been a Dem for about 15 minutes, is trying to get Dems’ support, and he’ll only THINK about supporting the party’s Senate nominee???
Nice job there Tony. But hey, at least you got Jim Esch’s support…
Raimondo has made this race close and we give him a shot at pulling it off. But like when Tom Osborne fell to the Republican stylings of Dave Heineman, we feel that Raimondo can’t out Democrat a Democrat. And Kleeb, if nothing else, is a Democrat.
So our Odds on the each candidate pulling it out tonight look like this:
Kleeb: 1 to 2 (bet $2 to win $1)
Raimondo: 3 to 1
Over/Under: Kleeb 54%
Comment it up pardners!