Deep in the Heart of Texas!
That’s right politicos. Scott Kleeb just got done touring Carhenge and Chimney Rock, and now that he’s done with all that, what’s he gonna do? He’s goin’ ta TEXAS!
Why would a candidate for the United States Senate from the Cornhusker State be leaving his presumed supporters to spend the weekend in the Lone Star State?
Well, because his REAL supporters, the ones he has the true bond with, are all in Austin for this year’s version of the “Yearly Kos” conference — now known as “Netroots Nation“. Its “premier sponsors” include MoveOn.org and the ACLU.
Scott will be rubbing elbows, literally, as he tends bar at the Celebrity Bartender party with:
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga — ultra lib and founder of the screeching ultra lib website, Daily Kos
Matt Stoller — super lib, and main writer of the liberal blog, MyDD and founder of liberal blog, Open Left
John Aravosis — nationally renowned liberal activist
When Kleeb won’t tell you his position on things like whether he is pro-life or pro-choice, or that he’ll consider off-shore drilling, just take a look at his supporters and the events he attends. You rarely hear the local press talk about Kleeb’s out of town fundraisers, like the one a reader pointed us to, as written up on the Politico website.
But take a listen to the shrill screechings of the Kleeb national supporters, and you can get a nice idea of where he really stands.
There was much hooting and hollering the other day about Mr. Kleeb’s new fundraising prowess, since the word is he took in more than his opponent, Mike Johanns for the quarter. Kleeb taking in $698,000 was good for his campaign, and all that. But it should also be put in perspective.
The last quarter should be considered the first real quarter of fundraising for Kleeb. He first needed cash to compete in the primary, and then once he won it, supporters then feel they can give money to the nominee for the general election.
In other words, this is what’s known as low-hanging fruit. It’s the stuff he’s supposed to get. To make a comparison, Jon Bruning made an initial decision to run for Senate last year (remember that?), against a sitting incumbent (who had yet to opt out of re-election). In the second quarter of 2007, Bruning raised $721,000! And of course when you get back to comparing Kleeb’s money to Mike Johanns’s, note that Johanns still has a cash-on-hand advantage of $750,000.
Also one other note. When the Johanns camp announced their fundraising numbers, they noted that 81% of their individual contributors are from Nebraska.
We haven’t heard any of that sort of info from Camp Kleeb. Once the information is online, it will be interesting to take a look to see just how much came from Kleeb’s out-of-state super lib buddies. We’ll wait and see.
And a final note on the pure political stuff that we love to look at: The Kleeb camp has a new website design !
And what color scheme did they decide to go with?
A USA flag motif?
No, the answer would be…brown.
That’s right, a brown website. (We could describe the shade of brown they chose, but this is a family blog.)
Now we find the layout to be an improvement over the old one, which was a bit cluttered. But the old site was at least bright and sunny, if not laden with corny photos.
But now? It’s a bit like something you’d scrape off your boot.