The Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate launch went off yesterday, and we gotta say, she received quite a bit of attention for someone who others are saying can not win or should not be there.
The main culprit for these criticisms: Ben Nelson and the Democrats.
Democrat chief (well, when Jane Kleeb lets him be) Vic Covalt came out saying that Fischer is “another unqualified candidate”.
Another? Wait, so two Attorney Generals (Attorneys General?), State Treasurer, Two State Senators — just naming all the top gigs — are “unqualified”? Har.
This from the party who offered Nebraskans Mike Meister, David Hahn, Scott Kleeb, Ivy Harper, Rebekkah Davis and Jim Esch among others?
Since they brought it up, the GII’s Robert Pore seemed to be the only one who listed Fischer’s whole resume, so we will just quote him:
Fischer was born and raised in Lincoln and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 39 years and own a ranch near Valentine, where the couple’s three sons work.
Fischer was elected to the Unicameral, representing the 43rd District, in 2004. She chairs the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board.
Prior to running for the Legislature, she was elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, became president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards and served as a commissioner on the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education. In 1999, Fischer received the Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding Board Member Award.
Her legislative initiatives have dealt with education, water policy, statewide economic development and natural resources issues, as well as proposals to improve transportation funding.
Whew! Got that memorized? Good.
So Covalt went on to wonder how many more will enter, “this circus show of yammers”.
Now we want to tell Mr. Covalt to just stop right there. That is uncalled for. He may be a lot of things, but to call Ben Nelson a “yammer” is just over the top!
We aren’t even sure what a “yammer” is, but we are pretty sure it isn’t a compliment for Senator Nelson, so just you hold onto your hat, ya ol’ Dandy! (Or whatever it is people said in the 20’s…)
Even funnier was the response from Ben Nelson’s super-big-time campaign chief, Paul Johnson, in the LJS. Fischer, like Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg, hammered Nelson on, among other things, the Cornhusker Kickback and the Obama stimulus votes.
And what was Johnson’s response? Telling what Nelson did…while Governor in the ‘90s. He couldn’t even take the time to come up with some other superficial vote that Nelson has made in the Senate. He went back to Nelson’s time in Lincoln.
Well heck, then looks like it is time to get back to Nelson’s $145 million blunder with the low-level nuclear waste facility, yeah? Maybe later…
First, the gals at Bold Nebraska (they referred to Fischer as a “gal”, so we assume that must be the proper term to use for a female running for office — because no female liberal Democrat would have been pissed if Hillary Clinton was referred to as a “gal”) spent more of Dick Holland’s money to send their own video tracker to Omaha for Fischer’s announcement.
And the Fischer folks should give them a firm “thankyouverymuch” because they posted her stump speech, in its entirety, on their YouTube site. See it here:
(Notice how they said “Fischy”??? Get it?! Because it’s funny and clever! Ghheee!)
But the tracking didn’t stop there, as the Democrats — specifically the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee — then sent their own tracker, Justin Solomon, to the Fischer gigs in Lincoln, Grand Island and Kearney. Unlimited funds there, DSCC? Making up to Senator Nelson for something? (More on that below.)
And just to complete the tracking gigs, the Jon Bruning camp sent their own tracker to the events as well — and the Fischer peeps made this little vid of Zach Cain, getting grilled:
We will say that Zach did very well during the brief questioning, though the “investigative reporting” response seemed a little goofy. Apparently former Governor Kay Orr even said hello to young Zach, which would have made his day, had he known who she was.
The whole video tracking phenomenon seems a bit wacky to us, but has provided a full-employment scenario to many nascent campaigners out there. But it has to provide immediate confirmation for the Fischer campaigners that hers is significant. We doubt there was a tracker at the truck-driver guy’s announcement.
Though of course, the most sinister tracker of them all even has his own website…Joe Jordan! (Yuck, yuck.) Joe also caught up with Senator Fischer, and immediately addressed the question no one was talking about…abortion!
Once that was tossed aside, Jordan quizzed Fischer on various other issues. See his report here:
Channel 10/11 (which is it!??!), actually put together a nice piece on the various comments from the parties and campaigns regarding the announcement. See it here:
(Nice job on the cuts with each one talking about “getting attention”.)
And then there is the obligatory poli sci guy talking about how “uncivil” campaigns are today versus how “civil” they were in the past, and how they “used to be about issues.”
What past was that, again? The 90’s? The 80’s? 70’s? 60’s? The 1800’s? 1700’s? Help us out here, because campaigns have had nasty moments since the first caveman yelled, “Neaderthals suck!” during Gog’s LaBrea Tar Pits acceptance speech.
If Twitter had been around in the Founding Fathers’ day, it would have been “@BenFranklin should invent TRI-focals next time. LOL #StupidElectricKite”.
So let us just get over ourselves on that point. It is pretty clear that this is going to be a tough, possibly brutal, primary and general for all involved. So just gird yourself and pick and choose what you think is actually important.
In the mean time, we will handle commenting on the candidate’s hair.
One completely insignificant point for the campaign nerds out there — we liked the vertical hanging campaign banner behind Fischer. Usually you have either the yard sign that you duct tape to the front of the podium or jam someplace behind the candidate. Or you have your giant parade banner that is either too big or too shiny to be seen.
This, “bring your own standing banner” is a nice addition and solves those pesky issues you usually have with the other choices. Nerd aesthetics finished.
And just to finish off, did you see where the Democrats are ALREADY abandoning Ben Nelson’s Senate campaign?
The DSCC sent out a fundraising appeal noting where they would LIKE to put some campaign dollars next year (Wyoming? Really?). But they note that if they do not get the money they need, they will just have to leave off certain states — like Nebraska.
Now many Dems have already jumped in and said, “well, this is just to set a fire under Democrats to raise money.” Yeah, well maybe.
But someone had to draw up that little map, and someone had to leave Ben Nelson OFF of the list.
And you can bet that SOMEONE in the Senator’s chair in Ben Nelson’s office tensed up, bristled and maybe even started making phone calls when he saw that list.
Veins popping? We wouldn’t be surprised.