Alaska Governor, and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate , Sarah Palin will be in Omaha Sunday night at 6 pm at the Civic Auditorium Music Hall. Don’t wait, don’t be late.
And we read that the Obama campaign has opened a second Omaha office at 50th and Ames. (Though the word is that no additional paid staff has been added, and we wonder if the space is an in-kind contribution…)
But nonetheless, this means that the national MCain and Obama campaigns think the election is very close.
Why? Well if the McCain camp thought he was in danger of getting blown out, the campaign would not be bothering with Omaha’s single vote.
If Obama thought he needed to shore things up, he wouldn’t mess with one stinking vote from Nebraska’s 2nd District.
But if both camps think that it’s worthwhile to spend time and effort to garner one single Electoral Vote, that means, deep down, they think the election could possibly come down to that one Electoral Vote.
As NBC’s Chuck Todd keeps hinting, it could be “Omaha. Omaha. Omaha.”
Some have suggested that Palin’s visit indicates that she is coming to the rescue for Mike Johanns or Lee Terry.
Just in case they’re wondering, you don’t come in in “to rescue” a candidate who is up by 15%, as Johanns is. Heck, Johanns hasn’t even run a single negative ad in this race.
And as far as Lee Terry goes, we have heard various (unofficial) polling numbers, though none that put his Democrat opponent within the margin of error. But whether Terry could use a shot-in-the-arm or not, the McCain camp is going to be worried about their own race. They are unlikely to be making side trips just for Lee. (That’s the job of theNRCC, not McCain-Palin.)
Oh sure, if they’re going to be in the area, they won’t mind helping. But they have their own self-interests in mind first.
And Obama? Well, the Dems already have a safe majority in the House. Having Jim Esch on their side wouldn’t do much for them. (And again, that’s the area for NancyPelosi and her minions, not Obama-Biden.)
How about Scott Kleeb? Well, his chances of winning the entire state of Nebraska area are right up there with Barack Obama’s chances of turning Nebraska, where McCain has a 19 point statewide lead, into “Go Big Blue”. Unfortunately for him, an Obama office at 50th and Ames isn’t likely to turn the tide.
Sunday night’s gig should be the continuation of the “Free Sarah Palin” tour. Many Republican politicos had been opining that the McCain camp kept Governor Palin in too much of a limited role since the convention. With her break-out in the debate — against a guy who has spent 35 years debating in the Senate — it looks like theMcCainiacs have seen the light.
They look to be properly using one of their best campaign advantages. (Look to see if Governor Palin has more local press interviews as well. Some have suggested this for a while — it risks going off message from her speech, but also can give the higher reward ofadditional free press.)
And send in your photos from the event to Leavenworth Street!
(We will credit you and best photo will receive a genuine Leavenworth Street gold coin emailed to you.)