He obviously feels firmly about the abortion issue — but he also firmly feels the wrath of Nebraska Right to Life if he DOESN’T vote their way.
But we saw an interesting note in a recent Reuters article that got our attention. It said…
Nelson won re-election in 2006 by a 28 percentage-point margin and is unlikely to face much opposition in 2012 unless Nebraska’s popular Republican Governor Dave Heineman decides to run.
This hit us on a few levels:
1) Really? Not much opposition? Well we can easily think of a number of Nebraska politicos who could give Nelson a run, especially if he’s damaged goods after the Health Care vote:
- AG Jon Bruning (though he may be more interested in 2014 Governor);
- State Treasurer Shane Osborn (according to Limbaugh and the WSJ);
- Don Stenberg or State Senator Tony Fulton — especially whomever wins State Treasurer in 2010;
- GOP Committeeman Pete Ricketts (say what you want about getting blown out in 2006, Nelson has to spend a wad to get that win);
- maybe Lee Terry or Jeff Fortenberry get restless.
2) Frankly, we hadn’t thought about Governor Dave taking the Senate. But not surprising, right? The jump from Nebraska Governor to U.S. Senator has been sort of the standard, right? (e.g. Exon, Kerrey, Nelson, Johanns)
Then there’s the fact that he has the background:
- was a Chief of Staff on the Hill;
- knows how to play;
- great background story as a United States Military Academy at West Point grad, Airborne Ranger, City Councilman, State Treasurer, Lt. Governor, Governor (who beat T.O.).
And DH has been making the rounds as well. On Greta van Sustern the other night.
Of course he has to make it past Mike Boyle in 2010 first. (And don’t think this won’t come up in the form of a “pledge” in a Governors’ debate…)
3) For what it’s worth, the NEGOP has a new site up: GiveBentheBoot.com. Sort of reminds us of one of those sites when you’re trying to get rid of Charlie Weiss or Mark Mangino. But a concerted effort, nonetheless. Hmmm.
Anyway, some food for thought for the weekend (for you and Ben), and into your Christmas week.
Oh, and get in your nominations for the Fourth Annual Leavenworth Street Nebraska Politician of the Year! (announced the week of New Years)
And…whaddaya know. Look who on the first one, back in 2006…