If you followed our Twitter feed (and, you know, it’s not the 80’s! You don’t get your news from Kurt Loder and MTV anymore! Twitter up!), you would have known a couple days ago that Don Stenberg will announce his U.S. Senate campaign sometime in the next few weeks.
No real details from the Don camp, otherwise. He has been keeping a pretty low profile, letting Attorney General Jon Bruning take the shots at Ben Nelson.
Of course Nelson expects Stenberg to soften Bruning up for him — though we are sure Don doesn’t see it that way. Stenberg no doubt thinks he can take Bruning out.
No matter that some polls show him down by over twenty points. No matter that Bruning started with half a mil in the bank and Stenberg started $90K in the hole from his last race.
So how bloody will this primary be? To a certain extent that will be up to Don, and how well Bruning can parry.
If he thinks he can win no matter what (the sort of things polls can help gauge), Bruning may just spend the primary hitting Nelson and ducking Stenberg’s shots — while trying to stay as positive as possible.
Can this primary be simply about who has the best ideas? Or will it get personal?
Let’s not be naive now.
We noted Jon Bruning’s new web ad the other day, and see that it is being picked up by the national blogs — more so than the local press.
The national guys seem to like it, and we figure that is who is was directed at more. Get a little notoriety for the race, and maybe pump some extra cash in.
And we hate to be all “Jane Kleeb Street” here, but we just can’t resist noting her recent comments on Facebook.
So at a recent Republican dinner, NEGOP Executive Director Jordan McGrain was MCing and joked,
“Until he was elected to the legislature, Senator Dennis Utter was proud to say he had only three jobs since college, all in banking. It’s probably fair to say he was just cantankerous in those jobs as he is in the Unicameral! No one can blame him for his generally cranky mood – he does have to share a hometown with Jane Kleeb – but a children’s magazine actually celebrated Senator Utter’s famous disposition…he was named one of Oscar’s Favorite Grouches.”
Get it? Jane Kleeb makes him grouchy.
About as good of a joke you’d expect at a party function, right? (Sorry Jordan.)
So Jane takes to FB and delivers this:
It less about funny or not, more about GOP obsession with me and its very bizarre and boarding on harassment.
Boarding on harassment????????????????????
A joke at a GOP dinner is harassment?
Well, Jane, please take your case to the Judge and get yourself a restraining order against…political jokes. Oh and against NADC complaints.
Of course if she thinks that’s harassment, we wonder what she thinks of…
- Having someone follow her husband’s political opponent with a camera, filming his every move.
- Sneaking a video camera into a rally and then following an out-of-state guest around hammering him with questions.
- An office holder’s wife getting hassled about her opinions on her kids’ school by political opponents.
Jane gets more national TV time than most of the elected officials in the state. But when she gets a little light shined on her POLITICAL activities by POLITICAL rivals, she thinks it’s harassment.
Gee Jane, looks like you have a new candidate for Wimp Wednesday.
And the DCCC is out with their top 50 House Republicans they are going to go after.
Oh, but guess whose name ISN’T on the list.
We will give you a hint: He lives in Nebraska’s 2nd District.