Charlie Cook of the The Cook Political Report has changed his estimation on the Nebraska 2nd District race from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican.”
And for what reason could this be?
The intense campaigning by the Esch squads?
The impressive FEC reporting by Jim and his gang?
The immeasurable coverage of this race on the internets and beyond?
Uh, no. It’s because Barry Obama plans to spend money in the battleground-state of Iowa. And as you know, to reach western Iowa, you have to spend money in the Omaha media market. In theory then, Obama’s message will have a coat-tail effect for Esch.
It’s an interesting theory, and one that could help Terry to a little bit of attention for his race from the national party. Unfortunately, who knows if the national GOP will care. The Dem Congressional Committee has already spelled out that they don’t think Esch has a real shot against Terry.
Esch’s best hope will most likely be to repeat his 10% loss from 2006. Anything else is gravy. (However, that’s gravy with no “biscuit” with which to sop it up…)
(By the way, Cook calls Jeff Fortenberry’s and Adrian Smith’s Congressional seats still “Solid Republican“.)
Oh, and as many have noted here, Jim Esch has STILL not filed his financial report with the FEC.
It was due in May.
Back in January we did a post about Democrat Senate nominee Scott Kleeb fibbing to his fellow Democrats about how much he lost his House race by to 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith. That was at the Dem’s Truman Dinner.
We were reminded of that recently after receiving some correspondence from Mrs. Scott Kleeb about her appearances on FOX News. In explaining the “facts” to us about our post on her status as a “strategist” she noted that she doesn’t “get paid by FOX, and “doesn’t make a dime” from FOX for her appearances.
See, we just assumed that she was paid, since this is what her husband said was the case at his little speech back in January. In talking about his new house in Hastings, Kleeb said:
And we have a mortgage. And you wouldn’t believe who’s paying for that mortgage. My wife as you know, as Kris alluded to, is on TV quite a bit, she’s on FOX News believe it or not. She’s the Democrat on FOX news. She and Alan Colmes. So I’m here to say thank you to Shepherd Smith. To say thank you to Sean Hannity. To say thank you to John Gibson for paying for my mortgage. That is absolutely the best thing that FOX News has ever done.
(You can see the whole thing here, right at the beginning, posted on YouTube.)
Probably his biggest applause line of the night. (OOOOH! The Republicans are paying for Scott’s house! Isn’t that just rich! Neat!) And of course, it wasn’t true.
Jane Fleming Kleeb’s response was that, why, it was all just a joke, you see. Uh huh. There are other things we’d call a joke as well…
As noted in the OWH today, Mike Johanns supports new off-shore oil drilling to support his energy plan. When asked for Scott Kleeb’s position on this issue, neither Scott nor anyone from his campaign returned the OWH’s calls.
And here’s the thing: Back in the days of land-lines and car-phones and poor reception, that’s an answer you could give. But today, when every single person on the campaign has a cell phone in their pocket, it’s purely a cop-out.
But then again, for the guy who won’t tell you if he’s pro-choice or not, that’s not a big surprise.
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