One thing we haven’t seen mentioned however, when the Kleeb camp was tooting their horns about “out-raising” Mike Johanns in the second quarter was the effect of the Millionaire’s Amendment. When this, now unconstitutional, amendment was invoked because of Tony Raimondo’s self-financing in the Democrat Primary, Kleeb was able to raise TRIPLE the usual amount of $2,300 from donors. (Our analysis of his fundraising notwithstanding.)
We had just sort of a chuckle when we saw Nebraska’s chief left-wing liberal blogger coming down on the Kleeb campaign after the latest poll showed him still getting crushed by Johanns.
But then KMTV’s Joe Jordan jumped on it, and led a story about the “attack” by the blog. Molehill, meet mountain, and all that. Nonetheless, it’s interesting that the lefties are just itching for Kleeb to go negative.
On “Meet the Press” yesterday, NBC political director (and sometime Leavenworth Street reader) Chuck Todd made a startling prognostication:
TOM BROKAW: Who’s going to be the keynoter at the Democratic convention?
CHUCK TODD: Oh, my money’s on Chuck Hagel. And I, I think it would be a Republican. That’s the message that Obama wants to send. I mean, the whole idea of the Democratic convention, I think, is going to be two parts. One is you are going to see them be more aggressive on McCain than John Kerry was on Bush. I mean, I talked to an Obama person, and I asked them what they thought of that 2004 convention as a whole, was it too soft on Bush? And immediately said, “Oh, absolutely.” So expect–in fact, don’t be surprised if Obama starts ratcheting up rhetoric against McCain this week. Forget the convention. But I’ve always–my money’s always been on Chuck Hagel as the, as the keynote. But it’s not–you know, technically Hillary Clinton may dominate that night because she’s, she’s the, she’s the big speaker that night. But you send a message with your keynote, and I think we may have seen the other keynote on this, at this desk.
Finally, we went beyond a chuckle to a full-on SNORT, when we saw Joe Jordan’s suggestion that the loser of the 2nd District Congressional race become the de facto Omaha Mayor. Obviously this wouldn’t be beyond Lee Terry’s realm (though he’d have to lose first…), seeing as he was on the Omaha City Council and has now extensive legislative experience.
But Mayor Jim Esch??? C’mon Joe. That’s fire and brimstone, cats and dogs living together, Hal Daub becoming a Democrat kind of talk. Get back to us on those odds…