As we get started this Monday, first a little Separated at Birth.
As we have continued our observations on whether or not Senator Ben Nelson will run for re-election in 2012, the LJS’s Don Walton came out hard on Sunday with Nelson running.
In particular, Walton took note of Nelson’s bashing Attorney General Jon Bruning at a local Democrat dinner.
Of course most telling was not Nelson criticizing Bruning’s positions on anything, but his pure political taunts:
“Nobody has laid a hand on (Bruning) yet,” Nelson said. But, sooner or later, he said, candidates “find out if you’re ready for prime time.”
And Nelson also seems to be hinting at some of Bruning’s past writings when he suggests that Don Stenberg will do his dirty work by selling that Bruning’s political positions have taken “violent swings”.
This has been brought up again recently by the gals at Bold Nebraska who quoted Bruning’s old Daily Nebraskan column from his Law School days. Jane Kleeb no doubt pulled out her rolodex to send the story to National Journal’s Hotline who said that BN had “dug up” the article.
Yeah. Or they had just read a Leavenworth Street post from 2007 which pointed out the old story.
This isn’t any big news — and as the years fly by, it gets older and older. Yes Bruning was a hard-core Democrat back then. But someone please tell us when he has followed any of those paths in the Legislature or as AG. Frankly, Bruning can use this old quip from Ronald Reagan:
But we digress.
Walton’s story, like many others, was obviously pushed by Nelson. Walton is the only one reporting on it, and it has nary a comment from Bruning, Stenberg or any other opposition voice.
A glowing Nelson article from Don? Oh my, the room is spinning! Let me steady myself!
Either Nelson has “push poll” type results — that start with, “What if you knew that Jon Bruning eats adorable puppies for breakfast” — that indicate he can beat Bruning.
Or he is just trying to soften Bruning up enough that he could possibly face a less difficult opponent.
In any case, we still think Nelson is testing the waters and hasn’t fully jumped in.
Lots and lots of time left to get in.
Or get out.
And just to throw the Stenberg folks a bone, we have it from at least one polling expert that the PPP poll greatly under-sampled the over-65 set.
We are told that this group — who vote — are still Don Stenberg’s base.
We don’t think that gets him that much closer, but something to keep in mind with those numbers.
And did you catch the ultra-liberal Bold Nebraska’s Jane Fleming Kleeb on the “The Factor” hosted by Laura Ingraham? If not, here ya go:
And here is an even more damning version of the undercover video:
Kleeb was on there to defend Planned Parenthood’s assisting and coaching of potential child traffickers on the ease of getting birth control and abortions.
(Oh, and on topic, Ch. 7 has this story: “FBI: Sex Trafficking Real Problem In Omaha Area“)
It is sort of amazing that Kleeb went on to defend the indefensible. But then, it’s pretty clear that she is of the “any publicity is good publicity” school.
Here’s the thing. She could have sold her position as, “these Planned Parenthood employees went way over the line, shouldn’t have done this and should have been fired. I still believe in the services they provide, but they need to learn when to help people and when the police should be called…” blah blah blah.
But she didn’t.
She went with the, “well, some of them told their superiors about it later, and this is just a Republican ruse” argument. She could have shown that she was slightly human, and instead went with the full blown political tool.
That’s your political spokesperson Nebraska Democrats. Congratulations.
(Oh, and watch some of her “anti-oil” support dry up when they figure out that the pipeline rhetoric is just another way to get her name in the papers.)