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.
“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:
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.