Poll: Bruning leads Stenberg by 4 touchdowns

According to a Democrat pollster, Jon Bruning is leading Don Stenberg by 28 points in the 2012 GOP Senate primary.

Public Policy Polling has:

Bruning 47%
Stenberg 19%
Pat Flynn 7%
Deb Fischer 6%

We would note that while Flynn declared his intentions to run sometime back in the Carter administration, state Senator Fischer has not entered the race. Frankly it is a little curious that they even added her in this automated polling, but nonetheless.

PPP does make an interesting point that both Bruning and Stenberg have about equal name ID in the state, so it is not as if Bruning’s recognition has gotten him there. While PPP’s other announcement on this race has both Bruning and Stenberg beating Ben Nelson, right now Nebraska Republicans seem ready to move past Stenberg.

Of course, this poll is predicated on Nelson still running, and no one else getting in the race. We still have an inkling that if Nelson drops out, the GOP roster will expand. And it’s early.

But right now Bruning is hitting all the right beats and is clearly in the lead going into…March.

Yeah it’s a long ways off. Something else to talk about, have you?


Did you catch New Yorker Bob Kerrey on Joe Jordan’s blog yesterday?

After Kerrey said his gut told him that Ben Nelson would run for re-election in 2012 (no word on what it was that Kerrey ate that day), Kerrey came forward with this gem:

“The Cornhusker Kickback? It looked like a touchdown to me.”

Other political touchdowns in Bob Kerrey’s mind:

I like the President’s denial that he knew anything about the break-in.
Mike Dukakis looks Presidential in that tank!
No new taxes pledge? Reelection city!
Just deny that you ever had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

Ah Cosmic Bob, you never disappoint.


Congrats to former Adrian Smith communications director Chuck Isom moving to Rep. Lee Terry’s Omaha office to run Terry’s press shop.

Isom has done a solid job for Smith and will no doubt keep it up with Terry.

And we welcome new Smith pressman Nate Hodson. Rock on.


  1. Methodology be Damned says:

    Obviously an out-of-state Democratic pollster. Besides skewed male-to-female ratios, age group representation, and weighting by congressional district, they are SPOT ON! But, at least it is fodder for a new post.

  2. One Out In The Third says:

    I can’t understand the appeal for Bruning. He has been a do-nothing AG offering a lot of lip service and little action. My phone rang yesterday afternoon and my caller ID showed a 202 area code. I answered and it was a Bruning conference call. He wanted to discuss consumer protection with his fellow Nebraskans…I can think of a helluva lot more pertinent issues to discuss and I think you can too. Consumer protection. Cheesy way to make contact with the folks Jon. To be honest I don’t see much difference between Bruning and Nelson. Nebraska has to have someone better for the job.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nothing pisses me off more than politicians that get elected to an office then immediately turn their attention to a campaign for another elected office. Focus on the job you were elected to do! Bruning is a perma-campaigning stone-stepper that is only looking out for himself. The Nebraska GOP would be wise to explore other options. I know it’s early, but a truly viable candidate would be trouncing Nelson in the polls right now. And it’s not a question of name recognition.

  4. Kortezzi says:

    I support Bruning but agree he lets his ambition for higher office show too much, and it can be a turnoff.

    He’s a solid conservative on the issues, has experience in the Legislature as well as AG, and good instincts on hot-button issues. Don’t think Stenberg will challenge him in a primary.

    Jon needs to tone down the robo calls and excessive mailings. The more businesslike he is between now and election day, the wider his win over Nelson will be. He risks of a squeaker if keeps hogging the cameras, cranking of the campaign too early, etc.

  5. anonymous says:

    Street Sweeper, it appears “Bruning is a machine” has snuck through your strict “no link” rule. Just click on his name.

  6. Julie Schmit-Albin says:

    Oh man, somebody’s running Google ads at the top of LS making it look like Bruning is saying “women should have a right to choose” and then linking to the article dredging up what he wrote while at the Daily Nebraskan. This is going to get ugly…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I checked out that ad to the side that said: Find Your Bella and when I clicked on it I could Create My Fantasy so I thought and thought WWJD (what would Jon do). Then I realized he already did. Alas! Creating my fantasy was impossible. Shane Osborn isn’t running for Senate. Sniff.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rep King of Iowa told folks at the Elephant Remembers dinner that he will be submiting a bill to restrict the money funding the new Health Care Law down to $0!! Lets see what the Obamanator does when there are no funds. Can’t get the Senate to do it, cant get the courts to order it. It will be an interesting twist to the repeal of Obama Care. Then the Supremes can take their ever loving sweet time trying to figure out when the want to hear the bill.

    Give them Hell Congressman King!!!!!

  9. @ Anon 10:19 says:

    Rep King is fortunate to have people like you. He is a party to one of three positions of power. As are you. The powers that be represent the other two – for now, obviously. He said it, you bought, nothing has changed. You are sap, sir or madame. Keep voting those wedge issues and see what it get s you. Meanwhile Mr. King will be laughing all the way to be the bank.

  10. Another Anon says:

    Kortezzi… He’s a solid conservative? Is that why he took those government earmarks for law enforcement and only returned them when Nelson caught him? Is that why his college papers are so liberal? Is that why he supports anti-abortion legislation he knows is unconstitutional and then denies any connection after the court has overturned the law?

    Bruing is what is wrong with politicians. A good looking guy who will do whatever he can to get elected no matter what. Bruning is all style no substance.

  11. Anonymous says:

    We’re bringing up a person’s college papers decades later? Whatever happened to the theory of an impressionable youth? By all means dig, but make it this century. Seems as though there’s plenty there from a guy who posts his mug on a mousepad.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Chris Jerram wants a study to see about annexing Ralston. This from the guy who wanted a fee on satellite dishes. Would somebody please begin to position to replace him in 2013 and put us out of his misery?

  13. RWP says:

    The Hill is highlighting Ben Nelson as prime example of a vulnerable Democrat incumbent with fundraising problems. But he’s the first of several.

  14. Travis says:

    I recently had a short chat with Jon Brunning about state nullification and his efforts with the Obama care lawsuit. His answers left something to be desired such as substance and principle. He did say that he thought nullification was not a proper route to block the health care law. His answer was take control of the senate and presidency in order to repeal while not completely relying on the Supreme Court to strike it down. When I told him that the last time the republicans were in power they did nothing to prevent deficits or growth in government he acknowledged me but brushed it off. Then he asked for my vote. I am not sold on Brunning but if Ben Nelson doesn’t run the race will become much more interesting.

  15. Whatever says:

    Julie, you should know that politicians will say they are pro-life while not meaning it. After all, you do it all the time while keeping silent on policies that lead to the deaths of children.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Won’t really matter what happens now with heath care if the House votes to block funding for the program. Kind of a nice twist on things. Not to mention the “savings” for the CBO.

  17. Hope on the Horizon says:

    As an FYI Congress completed action on June 30, 1973 on
    H.J.Res. 636, P.L. 93-52, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for
    FY1974. This legislation contained language which read: “Notwithstanding any other provision
    of law, on or after August 15, 1973, no funds herein or heretofore
    appropriated may be obligated or expended to finance directly or
    indirectly combat activities by United States military forces in or over or
    from off the shores of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or

    Good bye Obama Care

  18. Anonymous says:

    If Julie Schmit-Albin were really in support of life she would speak out against Bruning scheduling an execution just a couple weeks ago, not what he wrote it college.

  19. Love My Bong. says:

    I’m tired of Julie Shmit-Albin and Lisa Hannah’s mud wrestling match. Let’s move on to something more exciting. How about we appropriate NRL and start a chapter of Nebraska Right to Light to support decriminalizing smoking pot.

  20. curbfeeler says:

    The moratorium on earmarking seems bad news for Nelson. His particular game of playing spoiler requires he have a firm support base at home, fueled by his former ability to deal ‘n steal money from taxpayer’s and slide that pork into legislation to make Nebraskans his accomplices. He cannot do that now. The backlash of his Kickback already has Nebraskans’ wary of his payola mindset. And now the moratorium cuts off his ability to snake deals into any bills even on a small scale.
    This could be his career ender.

  21. TexasAnnie says:

    I wish Nebraskans would dump Nelson. But taking up Bruning could be even worse!

    As to not funding the new health care bill, well, that could work. Since the 1975 passage of special education law, the feds have YET to fund their promised portion of needed revenue. They have simply crept toward promised funding, ever so slowly, while holding the states’ feet to the fire in meeting the special education mandate. As governors, both Nelson and Johanns decried this circumstance; as U.S. Senators, they maintain the status quo. If we’re not going to provide for the disabled, then I’m not interested in providing for anyone! Of course I never get my way: the non-disabled continue to take and take and take whatever they want. Meanwhile, folks like Julie and Jon thump the “sanctity of life” diatribe drumming up the support of gullible and/or hypocritical electors. Human life is decidedly NOT SACRED. Especially in the form of disabled children and adults living in Nebraska. I ‘spose y’all will never get this clue…

  22. OmahaNewBlood says:

    Since Chuck is coming back to Lee’s office, does this mean that Lisa Ellis is no longer under the employ of Lee??

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  24. Anonymous says:

    It’s nice to see Texas Annie’s name on a post. That way I know that I can skip right over it and save the time of reading it and still not miss any important content of a thread.

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