Keep in mind that when the whole recall business started, the CW amongst the recallers was that IF they could get to this point, the recall was in the bag.
Yep, in the bag.
Because the CW is, the only real motivated people who will vote on Janurary 25th are those that want Suttle out. Those that really want him in? Well, they will probably go vote. Maybe.
In any case, one of the big factors will be how much case each side decides to spend and how.
For the Recallers part, it is not clear how much more the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee will be involved. Keep in mind that David Nabity was their chief fund-raiser at the end and he has split from the group.
Nabity has a different pro-Recall group now, Citizens for Omaha’s Future. And it looks like they will have the main thrust in the pro-recall movement.
But on the Mayor’s side, he has his old election committee, apparently re-fired up. Then there is Forward Omaha — still led by a Creighton Law student?
And the Mayor?
Well he is just plodding along working 40 hour weeks, right?
He tells us that he works, “ten, twelve, fourteen hours a day”!
Gosh. And you wanted to recall him.
And then we find out that the Mayor isn’t just a Mayor. He’s more like…Mike Krzyzewski. No…Tommy Lasorda!
Wait, no… “I am no different than Bo Pelini,” Suttle exclaims.
Riiiiiiight. That’s what we were thinking too…
OK, that’s a little out of context, but still, look for Suttle to compare himself to Tom Osborne, Bob Devaney, Johnny Rosenblatt, Moses and Odysseus over the next thirty days. Anyone, anything, as long as you’ll come out and vote for him! (“That Wiggle that sleeps too much? Sure, I can be him!”)
Heck, watch Suttle closely, and you can even see that he has already given in.
“Hopefully I will have enough things in place that the concepts we have done will stay there and will be followed.”
You got that next Mayor? Jim Suttle would like you to follow the “concepts that he has done”. Because THAT’s what pro-recall voters were looking for, right?
And look for Suttle to keep beating the drum that you aren’t allowed to recall him for just any reason. Suttle again went to reporters with the he has “done nothing criminally wrong to warrant a recall”.
Really? We must have missed that bank that Mike Boyle robbed back when he was recalled. Or frankly, any such language in the state statutes talking about reasons that an elected offical can be recalled.
Suttle is an engineer. (Did you know that? Has he mentioned that before?) So he will tell you that he identifies the problem, seeks the solution, then puts them together. Of course don’t count on Suttle to add creativity, nuance, innovation, or political acumen to that equation. That would be expecting just a little much from the simple engineer.
Thirty days can be a lifetime in politics.
And in terms of Suttle’s political survival, that may very well be exactly the case.
And for you non-Omahans…
Ben Nelson is officially putting out his services to the highest bidder.
Oh, by the way, this is the same Hagel who once said,
“But you can’t give up a minority rights tool in the interest of the country, like the filibuster.”
Back when he made that bold statement, (and the GOP was in the majority) Democrats applauded.