The Tea Party Express folks have drummed up some news for themselves and for the 2012 Nebraska Senate race.
The TPE has said that on Wednesday they will make a “surprise” endorsement in the Nebraska race. Hmm.
Well, they have made clear that it ISN’T Ben Nelson, so that’s out. That would have been the only reeeaaalll surprise if the TPEers had given the nod to the author of the Cornhusker Kickback.
So, the next question is what about Attorney General Jon Bruning. Well, we know that Nebraska Tea Partiers have met fairly extensively with Bruning, and generally like what he has to say. But endorsing Bruning would not be much of a “surprise”, no matter how they spin in it.
Sure they could say that it is so early that it’s a surprise. Or a surprise, like when you play peek-a-boo with a baby and they are “surprised” every time they see you again. But that would probably just piss everyone off if they pulled something like that, so we would guess that it it is not Bruning.
So the next two announced candidates are Don Stenberg and Pat Flynn. (Oh and the only other thing that could shock us is if they endorsed an unannounced candidate.) Flynn, who has always tried to sell himself as the Tea Party party candidate would sort of be a surprise, since he is the least well known and conventionally has the least chance of winning the race. But would the TPE really make a national announcement that they are endorsing a candidate who is unlikely to make it out of the Primary, let alone take on Nelson? We don’t think so.
So that leaves Don Stenberg. Stenberg has been pushing and pushing for Tea Party support over the last number of weeks, particularly on Twitter with Tweets like, “Ask Sen. DeMint to support a GENUINE, LIFELONG CONSERVATIVE to replace Nebraska’s Ben Nelson.” — Jim DeMint being the de facto leader of the Tea Partiers in the Senate. And that’s fine. Sort of desperate sounding, but fine. But maybe with that kind of outreach he has gotten their attention.
A Stenberg endorsement would be slightly off the beaten path of the CW favorite Bruning, but not so far as to think he couldn’t win. It could be a slight boost to the Stenberg campaign, and something he could toot about for a while.
Only thing is, the Tea Party Express doesn’t exactly represent the main Tea Party people in Nebraska. Sure they all want to strive to be independent, and all that. But there is some organization to the group, and they are not by any means joined at the hip with the TPE. Look only to the fact that the TPE is making their announcement from Washington, DC to tell you that they are pretty much doing their own thing.
Our understanding is that the Nebraska Tea Party groups have met with extensively with both Bruning and Stenberg, pretty much like what both are saying, but are unlikely to throw support — in the way of an endorsement — behind one or the other in the primary.
So while the TPE thing sends out some national recognition of the already #1 Senate race in the country, it is not exactly the bellweather of Tea Party support in the state. Then again, since they are a sort of disheveled grassroots group, the rest of the public doesn’t know that and may consider the TPE as the end all be all of Tea Partiers.
Anywho. The TPE’s mission is pretty much accomplished with news orgs like CNN covering their statements on this. Whatever we get Wednesday, will be what we get.
The anti-pipeliners will be rousing the rabble later this week at the capitol.
We are always sort of amused by some of these protests. Sure there are some that are done annually, and people take the day off from work and plan ahead.
But who are the people that can just drop everything and head to Lincoln every time Jane Kleeb wants to fill up her Prius Leaf microbus (we are assuming) with windmill juice and pass out Beanie Babies with catch phrases on them?
Oh, that would be people like Diana Sunshine (we’ll leave off her last name), who pushes for the legalization of cannabis and hemp. Her slogan for the those anti-pipeliners? “HEMP FIELDS NOT OIL SPILLS!” (Now there is an either/or choice for you.)
Funny how in the stories you read you never hear that 87% of Sandhills land owners have signed easements with TransCanada already. They probably won’t be making the trek to Lincoln to hang with the hemp farmers, we would guess.
But in any case, remember folks: Jane Kleeb’s anti-pipeliners are not really anti-pipeline.
They are anti-OIL. And their goal is to halt, any way they can, the Canadian tar sands oil. Their opposition to the pipeline is just a means to their end to stop the Canadian oil.
Even if Wayne Gretsky carried the oil in individual Molson cans from Saskatoon to Texas via moose and beaver caravan, they would still be against it.
And they would just find another group to carry their water on it.
Can you imagine the controversy and cries of racism if Republicans were actively working and arguing to prevent a majority Latino state legislative district in South O, just so certain state Senators could retain their seats?
There would be marching in the streets and protests at the capitol (probably with Beanie Babies involved), no?
Yet that is what is happening with Democrats Heath Mello and Jeremy Nordquist and their part-Latino districts right now. Mello and Nordquist do not want a majority Latino district. Oh, that would be way better at some later time, they say.
Yup, that would be totally cool if they were Republicans, right?
Just cool your jets, Latino community. Two guys named Heath and Jeremy have your best interests at heart.
Did you see the GOP Presidential debate the other day? (No, not the one on SNL.) Those who watched were nearly unanimous that former Godfather’s CEO (and former Chairman of the KC Federal Reserve) Herman Cain was the winner.
They found him the most eloquent with the best direct answers to the questions.
While Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney seem to currently have the inside lane to the eventual nomination, you have to love The Hermantor shaking things up.