Bruning: Stenberg can’t beat Nelson

We have to start today with Jon Bruning at the Republican Lunch Forum at Anthony’s on Wednesday.

The OWH and Joe Jordan both reported on it, but you should watch Jordan’s video to get a real feel for Bruning there. Take a look:

It was a little rough.

On Stenberg:

“He can’t win. You can go with him if you want. But I’m telling you it’s time to try somebody different.”

On PACs giving money to Ben Nelson:

“They need his vote and they’re scared of his vote and they’re scared of Ben Nelson. He does use retribution. You know darn well he uses retribution. And if you talk to donors here in Omaha that have given to him they say, ‘Jon, I’m scared not to. I have to give to him or he’s going to punish me.’”


And, if you didn’t watch, note that none of this was delivered with a smile or a shoulder-shrug. This was in-your-face, political hardball to an open mic.

And then he even addressed his liberal writings from the Daily Nebraskan while in law school, noting, “ OK. Guilty as charged. I did a lot of stupid things as a 21-year-old.”

But then Robyn Tysver from the OWH went not to note:

Bruning was 23 to 24 years old when the columns were written.

And ZING!, in case you were curious as to where the OWH stands on this race.


In the mean time, state Senator Deb Fischer stated that she will probably make up her mind on whether to run within the next month or two, after the Legislature adjourns.

And Fischer just had a major victory with the Governor signing her road funding bill. She put on display her ability to count votes and build a coalition to pass her prime legislation. Not to mention, taking Governor Dave head on.

We know the Governor wasn’t keen on this bill, and probably signed so as not to have his veto overridden. But we don’t know if there will be any lasting animosity towards Fischer if she does get in the Senate race.

Remember, Jon Bruning was a Tom Osborne, not Dave Heineman, man back in the 2006 GOP Governor’s primary. And while we doubt very much that Heineman will endorse any candidate in the 2012 Senate primary, we sort of doubt that he would give his full support to Don Stenberg.

Would he give back room support to Fischer?


But while the focus was on Bruning and Stenberg yesterday, you can bet interest in the Fischer camp will get ratcheted up in the next few weeks.


Oh, and we forgot about the Pat Flynn for Senate campaign.

Well, he hasn’t. And he went with statewide radio in the past week.

Hear it here:

Pat Flynn radio 5-13-11


Oh, and Senator Nelson has a primary challenger!

Yup. It is Larry Marvin of Fremont. Marvin says he is:

“a frugal progressive person (who) believes that this government belongs to all of us with equal rights and equal opportunities and dreams.”

Marvin ran in 2008 and got 3% of the vote.
Well THAT should be a bitter primary.


And just to finish off with Senator Nelson, we just have to comment on his recent statements regarding the Bin Laden photos.

Nelson apparently took a trip to Langley and viewed the photos of Bin Laden’s bullet ridden corpse.

And Nelson strutted out and declared:

I can confirm: yes, we got him.

I was able to make a positive identification.


Gee, uh, thanks there, Senator. You know, the President and the Vice President and the Secretary of State and pretty much every official in the U.S. Government and around the world already noted that some time ago.

But YOU can confirm it? Well then, all doubts are finally turned from our minds! Before, we figured that when the President announced to the world that Osama was dead, he might be making it all up.  But if YOU’VE looked at pictures, we can now sleep easily. Whew!

And just to take it a step further, are we to understand that Nelson is some sort of a photo expert? For argument’s sake, if the photos were faked, could Senator Nelson tell the difference? Could he tell the difference between this bearded guy with a hole in his head, from another? Is he a master at Photoshop?

Did he go down to the lab and check out the DNA samples and compare them against the DNA samples that he keeps in the vault in his Senate hideaway ofice?

See, we were comfortable hearing the the news from the Commander in Chief.

And we believe it was Jesus Josephson who was quoted as saying, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

And then Nelson finished up saying,

“I’m one who believes the pictures could have been released in some form, but I support the president’s decision not to”.

Ben Nelson having it both ways????
Wow, now THERE’s a shock!

Happy 70th Birthday, Senator Nelson.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Deb Fischer is starting to take the heat in her home town and district over the pipe line. If she is foolish enough to run for the Senate , then down goes Deb. Brunning is not much but he is better than oil girl Deb. But Ben is better than all of them and sorry to say that is sad in Nebraska

  2. Anon Repub says:

    I hope Deb gets in. haven’t heard about any heat over the pipeline. But, I do agree with you that Ben is better than Brunning. I like Stenberg better but I don’t know if he can pull it off.

  3. Ted says:

    Deb Fischer is taking “heat” in Valentine on the pipeline huh? Looks like she loses yours, and the other four people’s votes. Thanks for trolling.
    I don’t know much about her, but I know she stood up for what she believes in against the most powerful Republican in the state, and won. I don’t know who I’m voting for yet (besides against Nelson), but I’m not counting Fischer out.

  4. Kortezzi says:

    Ben Nelson knows a dead guy when he sees one – – like when he looks in the mirror every day! (Politically speaking).

    I don’t know which one Governor Dave favors, but he is way too smart to endorse ANY of the Republican candidates for Senate before the primary. Afterwards, he will campaign very hard for whoever the GOP nominee is, I’m sure. Heinemann wants to retire the 72 year old Benator from Nebraska politics as much as anyone.

  5. Lil Mac says:

    Bruning’s words seemed heavy only because of the weight of the facts in them. Nothing vague or lightweight. And nothing new. Nelson is retributive and a hard nut to crack. Stenberg is a bona fide serial loser for this same Senate job against the same Nelson. And Bruning is so far in the lead that Tea Party Express and Democrats both understand that every Republican vote for other than Bruning is essentially a vote to reelect Nelson.

    Street Sweeper is right. Fischer will increasingly become the focus as delusional elephants realize Stenberg is a walking political corpse. They will try to transfer their delusion from Donnie to Debbie. And that is why every Nelsonroid from the OWH to the NDP is encouraging Fischer to throw herself under the bus. They are fully aware that Bruning can defeat Nelson with his current momentum. They are hoping Stenberg, Fischer, or any Republican, might damage Bruning enough to save Ben Nelson.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Burning needs to focus on his own strong resume of why he wants to be my Senator and let the old men in the race stumble on their own…..which they will. Never give your opponent a stage from which to get attention when they are nothing more than a tired rerun. Who is advising Jon anyway to use precious time to mention his primary opponent when he’s got so much more to offer than an apology from a time he had pimples? Just give me his refrigerator drawings from back in the day to see which colors he used. Yeah right.

  7. Amazed again says:

    “Anon Repub” says Nelson better than a republican??? I am shocked. Must be related to “I am a republican but…” and “Lifelong Repub but…”

  8. Anonymostly says:

    Leave it to the OWH to split hairs over the difference between 21 years ago and 19 years ago. :rolleyes:

  9. Split ends says:

    Military officers at the age of 24 are expected to act like adults and be responsible for their actions. Why should we expect anything less from someone that wants to become one of the 100 most powerful people in the U. S. government?
    Bruning’s arguments sound more and more like those of John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Arnold Schwarznegger, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Henry Hyde, …. “Golly folks, I was just a young man when I wrote that, did that, did her … whatever.”

  10. RWP says:

    “John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Arnold Schwarznegger, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Henry Hyde”

    Interesting list. Partisan much?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, RWP, please provide corresponding examples from the other side of the aisle. I guarantee the list won’t be as long unless you go back 100 years.

  12. Macdaddy says:

    Bill Clinton, Congressman Jefferson, Jessie Jackson, Barney Frank, Eliot Spitzer…oh, wait. They were all full grown men and already in elected office (except for Jackson) when they committed their indiscretions. Clinton is probably still committing them.

  13. RWP says:

    To add to Macdaddy’s list: Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, John Edwards, Jim McGreevey, Kwame Kilpatrick, Gavin Newsome, Henry Cisneros, Mel Reynolds, Marion Barry, Gerry Studds, David Paterson…

    If we went back far enough we could add John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’d say that any rational observer would note that your party is far in the lead when it comes to recent irresponsible behavior. Edwards and Spitzer are the only current examples for the Dems, and they’re already a few years old.

  15. Macdaddy says:

    Well, if you look at scandals that broke on the third Wednesday of every month that has an r in it, then the Democrats are way ahead.

  16. Hit Me with Your Best Shot? says:

    The best argument Bruning, who is ahead in the polls and has just raised more than both of his opponents by a margin of 60-to-1, can give for why Republicans should send him to the U.S. Senate is “Stenberg can’t win”. Is that all you’ve got, really?

    As a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen, I’m glad there has been no ‘retribution’ to your political adversaries while you have served as Attorney General.

  17. Anonymostly says:

    Hairbrained said: Military officers at the age of 24 are expected to act like adults and be responsible for their actions. Why should we expect anything less from someone that wants to become one of the 100 most powerful people in the U. S. government?
    Bruning’s arguments sound more and more like those of John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Newt Gingrich, Arnold Schwarznegger, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Henry Hyde, …. “Golly folks, I was just a young man when I wrote that, did that, did her … whatever.”

    Hairbrained, that’s not even remotely on point. Bruning is saying that political stances he wrote about nearly half his life ago are no longer viewpoints to which he subscribes. It’s not like he’s admitting cocaine use in his 20s like Barack Hussein Obama. And the OWH is picking nits over whether it was half of his life ago that he wrote these things, or only 45% of his life ago. Like that two years makes a difference in terms of whether he could sincerely have changed his views since then. Oh please. I thought your man Obama was ushering in a new era of post-partisanship. You evidently didn’t get the memo.

  18. Anonymostly says:

    “Hit me with your best shot?” Looks like someone already did hit you … with the stupid stick. Beat you to a bloody pulp with it, they did.

    Listen, no one ever said that was Bruning’s “best shot.” That was a “clip” meaning it wasn’t the whole thing. There are plenty of reasons to elect someone — anyone — other than Nelson. And when Bruning’s talking to people who might vote for Stenberg, the question is not why Nelson should be put out to pasture. The question is why this someone versus that someone. And to say that this someone has a better chance than that someone of beating Nelson is a perfectly acceptable reason.

    If the options are voting for Don and getting six more years of Ben or voting for Jon and getting rid of Ben, that there’s a no-brainer.

  19. Nebraska Taxpayer says:

    I prefer Stenberg over Bruning if only for the question of ethical behavior. Jon Bruning has used Nebraska tax funds to promote himself ever since he got access to them. His innumerable “public service” messages, paid for by Nebraska’s tax payers, have been nothing but very thinly disguised campaign ads for his own benefit. Usually there is a big picture of Jon, his name printed in boldface type, and — wait for it — oh yeah, don’t let the kids look at porn, or some other such message mentioned as an aside.

  20. Anonymostly says:

    Gee, Taxpayer, no other politician EVER sends out self-serving correspondence from their government office. That just NEVER happens. /sarcasm.

    Geez, how naive are you?

  21. Nebraska Taxpayer says:

    Anonymostly @ 1:56 pm, “… no other politician EVER sends out self-serving correspondence from their government office.”

    You are correct that they all do that. It is just that Jon Bruning does so very much more of it than anyone else, and the way that he does it is so obviously self-promotional. With our state in dire financial straits, I believe we could have done without a lot of the flyers, mailings, television and radio spots, along with the frequent travel, that Bruning has unnecessarily done on our dime.

    On the flip side of the issue, should Bruning be elected as our Senator, he might bring home even more of the pork to our state than Senator Nelson has done. Just keep in mind that all that bacon has to be paid for, and we’re the ones that ultimately pick up the tab.

  22. anony says:

    Anon 1 is just sad that Kleeb can’t beat any of them for anything but school board and yummy lunches. BTW, how much are those lunches going to cost the mommies and daddies out in Hastings?

  23. anony says:

    Wouldn’t it be a little silly to send out correspondence to your constituents from an office that is supposed to be eliminated in a couple years? The best way for Don to win is to get the Leg to agree to abolish the office if he were to vacate early!

  24. anony says:

    If Fischer is taking any heat over the Pipeline, it is definitely because she didn’t introduce a Bill this session to require the construction to begin immediately. You lib fools must have the most fun trying to pretend to be Conservative.

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