First a little Separated at Birth.
State Senator (and…more below) Deb Fischer, and “24” President Allison Taylor:
The Roll Call website queried GOP state Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine about her plans to run for U.S. Senate.
She said she’s still thinking about it.
She is quoted saying,
“The main thing is, what do I think I can add maybe that other candidates can’t, or where’s my focus going to be compared to where theirs is?”
Fischer has the ability to be an interesting candidate. First, consider that she is nearly a complete unknown to the rest of the state. So figure that she would have to raise some substantial cash just to get her name out there. She could then be seen as an alternative to the other two established candidates, Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg.
But if we were handicapping the race (and we always are), we would have to say that unless the other two candidate implode in some way, her road to the nomination is filled with snow, potholes and downed trees, while she is driving a Smart Car.
Not saying she is a bad candidate or person, etc., just that it would be very difficult.
But let’s say then instead, that she has the the potential to bleed votes off the other candidates.
Would that benefit Bruning or Stenberg?
With his numbers the way they are now (or seem to be), you would think Stenberg would be all for a Fischer candidacy. Theory being she takes votes from Bruning’s edges and lets Don shine with his peeps.
But if we were looking at it now, our thought is she pulls voters from both of them. Bruning and Stenberg have about equal name ID. If people are looking for an alternative, they would likely be doing so from each of the two top dogs.
Of course that is all, If The Election Were Held Today.
(Or, ITE-WHT – pronounced “Ite-White”; use it the next time you’re chatting politics with friends and you’ll position yourself as a Leavenworth Street reader. “I think Bruning wins easily, ITE-WHT, of course.”)
And then there are some who believe there is room for one more candidate in the GOP primary. Who that person is, we don’t know. But there is still time for action.
Though that clock is tick-tick-ticking.
The Nebraska Republican Party filed a complaint recently involving Jane Kleeb (of the Scott Kleebs), and her babe-in-the-woods understanding of these strange political things called, “campaigns”.
Not unlike the unfrozen caveman lawyer, she is unfamiliar with your “Nebraska Accountabilty and Disclosure Commission” and its TV-typewriter machines with their demons inside that say bad things about her.
Or something like that.
Here’s the deal: As you well know (because you are here reading this), Kleeb is a veteran of politics and campaigns. How much? Let’s take a look:
She studied not just “political science” in college — in Washington DC’s American U — but advocacy, grassroots activism, and community organization. She was the ED of Young Democrats. She was the state director of a labor union org. She met her husband while he was running for Congress, then helped him after they were married on his freaking US Senate campaign. She started her own liberal political group that gets waaaay more press than the state Democrat party. She’s a regular talking head on FOX News.
Can we all agree that Mrs. Kleeb has more political and campaigning experience than the average Hastings housewife?
We can? Well, thank you.
So Jane ran for school board in Hastings (someone who took our advice to start on the ground floor, instead of running for Senate right out of the box). Something about “yummy lunches”. Easy win. But she raised some money and spent some money on said campaign.
The regular gammit, to an extent. Printing stuff, postage, t-shirts, yard
signs. And even went with newspaper and billboard advertising. Yes, billboards. For school board.
Can anyone disagree that she should know, and those around her should know, and her husband should know that she must keep detailed records on all of those expenditures and of those who contributed to her and file those with the NADC?
No disagreements? Didn’t think so.
Because OF COURSE this is the woman who recently railed against the Governor and Attorney General because they didn’t file some of their contribution information properly.
In any case, Jane is a political veteran who sticks her nose in everything that whafts of politics these days.
So when the NEGOP points out that she:
- Failed to list her last minute donors within the ten-day time period (donors from Omaha, New York and Washington, DC, by the way)
- Listed campaign expenditures as having been made the day AFTER the election, and then there is the mysterious two-grand worth of “reimbursements” to Jane
Well, we don’t see why she should be given any leeway.
She doesn’t give it to anyone else, and she certainly doesn’t deserve some sort of a pass as a “newcomer” (no matter what the NADC says).
Oh, we are also seeking out a break from those (like the Hastings Tribune) saying, “Oh the GOP should keep out of a local non-partisan race!”
When you are the most politically active Democrat in the state, and you run for office, you get to deal with politics. Otherwise, why the billboards, slogans, logos, t-shirts? Shouldn’t some white sheets of paper with 10 point type work?
Last time we checked, the legislature is non-partisan as well, yet both parties seem to be involved. Simply tell the Jane to follow the rules, like everyone else has to, and no one will complain.
And hey kudos to U.S. Senator Mike Johanns for seeking the chairmanship of the Senate Republican Conference. This is the main GOP policy group in the Senate, and the steady hand and voice of Johanns would be great for this gig.
It’s certainly not a lock for him, but we hope to see him in this new spot. The Senate and the country would benefit.
Since many commenters are itching to talk about the 2012 GOP Presidential primary, we’ll open it up.
Recently, the National Review’s Jonah Goldberg made a few lists, so we will use that as a basis.
He started with 24:
Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, David Petraeus, Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bob McDonnell, Jim DeMint, Chris Christie, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Judd Gregg, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry.
Based on those who won’t run or are unlikely to succeed, etc., pared it down to:
Romney, Gingrich, Palin, Pawlenty, Santorum, Bolton, Daniels, Cain, Johnson, Paul and Thune (update – Thune took himself out on 2/22/11).
Then for the final 5, he listed:
Romney, Daniels, Pawlenty, Gingrich and Palin.
So who do you like?
Who can be President Obama?
Who would do the best job?