Hopefully by now you have seen the poll that Senator Ben Nelson’s spokesdude, (former OWH reporter) Jake Thompson is so pumped about.
It shows that…
- 55% of Nebraskans think Ben Nelson should be replaced in 2012
- Nelson would lose to Jon Bruning 50% – 35%
- Jon Brunings “Favorable” rating is 53%
But Thompson is pumped that Nelson’s Favorable is 50%.
Rock on Jake. Rock on.
So that leaves the follow-up question: Will Ben Nelson bother with 2012?
In 2012 Nelson will be 71 years old.
The Washington Post recently speculated that he has not really been raising money on par with a “serious” candidate for re-election.
Oh sure Nelson says he is running.
But then adds the caveat that he has not made his final decision.
In the mean time, the LJS’s Don Walton is writing features about Tony Raimondo on Election Day.
And then there is still the ghost of Bob Kerrey looming out there, still wanting to stay in politics.
It is enough to make you wonder, eh?
In the mean time, we have heard a number of candidate rejections for a Senate campaign in the past few days.
All of the Congressional delegation, out.
Speaker Mike Flood out (hey, we didn’t even know he was in!).
Walton gave Pete Ricketts a “nope”.
That leaves, along with Bruning…
And then, state Senator Deb Fischer (of Valentine)? (Really?)
Problem for any other candidates is that if they sit back at this point, Bruning will have a giant lead on them, financially. Well, he will no matter what happens.
Frankly, there is a decent chance that the road to the nom will be plowed clean for Bruning.
Stenberg way feel, “why the hell not”, but does he have a shot? Geez…
Oh sure, it’s a long road, and lots could change and all that.
Then again, maybe not.