A Tea-Party supported candidate, Christine O’Donnell, won the Delaware Republican U.S. Senate primary last night against a much better funded, establishment, but much less conservative, RINO-labeled, Rep. Mike Castle.
So why should that have Senator Ben Nelson worried?
Well, it’s like this:
Nelson (not unlike current Democrat 2nd District House candidate, Tom White) has always tried to position himself as a “conservative”. He votes that way on occasion, and certainly invokes the ire of many Democrats for that proclivity.
But if Nelson were a Republican, and voted the same way — with Harry Reid, for ObamaCare, for the various stimuli packages — he’d be labeled as a RINO. He maybe could get away with that in some place like, say Delaware, but he could never last, voting as a RINO Republican, in Nebraska.
But back to Delaware. Delawarians…Delawareites…Blue Henners — the majority of GOP ones — showed that they are sick and tired of the RINOs. They want someone who will vote conservatively and stop the government-knows-all policies that Castle was pushing. They pushed away the RINO for the real deal (and did not even care about those who said O’Donnell can’t win in November).
Well, back in Nebraska, Nelson has always depended on those who were into him being a RINO. There are plenty of Nebraska Democrats and Independents who would be hard core Republicans on the East coast. And Nelson, as a Democrat, has catered to that crowd.
But that group, nationally, has diminished. Those who want conservatives, are tired of the RINOs — or better CINOs. Nelson’s career has depended on those who want the CINOs. But Delaware, and much of the national mood that fostered the Tea Party movement, displays that “Toss the CINOs” groundswell.
The poll from last week that showed over 60% want Nelson out confirms that as well. One only has to ask — “If they’re not going to take it in Delaware, why would they take it in Nebraska.”
Nelson is VERY luck he is not up this year.
Will that mood change in two years?
Nelson is hoping so.
Oh, and that same analysis goes for the Omaha Mayor Suttle Recall movement as well.
And if you haven’t read it, Joe Jordan gives a nice analysis of what is going on there over at Nebraska Watchdog.
Not that we really needed them to tell us, but interesting that the oil pipeline company took the time to call out the political tactics of Bold Nebraska and their liberal enviro brethren.
The oil companies — backed by UNO analysts — show that Bold and the others are frightened to stand on their own arguments to make their case. Instead they have to inflate the own support (oh, by the way, it ain’t an election) with bogus poll questions.
The funny thing is, if they were smart they’d show that GOP Senator Mike Johanns is reasonably questioning the pipeline and what is going on to put it in place. Oh, but that would be pointing out that an eveeeel Republican is the voice of reason in this scenario, and they simply can’t have that.
The pipeline, as it is currently envisioned, may or may not be a good idea.
But reasonable people now know that if you are looking for balanced, informed, and unbiased information, you sure as hell don’t go to Bold Nebraska.
Oh, and that goes for pretty much anything else they’re pushing.
But you probably already knew that.