And to continue on with the saga that will be / is the 2012 Senate campaign, Ben Nelson and his supporters are already striking back at the rebels who wish to take on his power.
See his answer to the recent ad against him:
This from a group called “Patriot Majority”. But don’t be fooled that this is some sort of “seniors” group.
Patriot Majority is a 527 founded by two Democrat operatives, Craig Varoga and George Rakis — Varoga is a former press flack for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The two have founded a bunch of 527s to make hits on Republicans and Tea Party groups, in particular.
And the ad was produced by Davis-Dixon which has done numerous ads on behalf of Nelson — including the famous one he put out right after he negotiated the Cornhusker Kickback.
And while we are at it, it is interesting that Nelson keeps talking over and over about not touching Medicare.
Because this is the same guy who, just a few years ago scolded Republicans for wanting to address Social Security when “everyone knows” Medicare is the real entitlement reform problem. And then Nelson was the deciding vote for ObamaCare which cut $500 billion from Medicare.
Wonder if we will hear that mentioned by anyone in the future…
The OWH today mentioned another GOP challenger for Lee Terry.
Of course, you read that here five weeks ago.
And then there is another potential challenger to Terry in the primary.
His name is Jack Heidel.
Heidel is a 72 year old Math Professor at UNO (with his PhD in Math), and is a member of the Omaha metro Learning Community Coordinating Council, District #3. He was elected in 2010 and will serve four years on the council. You can see his bio and website here, which is pretty much filled with Math (though it is our understanding there are no math requirements to read said site).
We learned that Heidel is sending out feelers to see what kind of support he could find in a run against the 49 year old Terry, but that he is already pretty much planning a run.
And we understand, again, that he plans to run as a Republican.
We must have missed the groundswell of Republicans against Terry.
But has Terry’s campaign manager noted, primary challengers will help Terry’s campaign get up and running much sooner.
And we see that the State Department will have two Keystone XL Pipeline hearings in Nebraska — one in Lincoln and one somewhere in the Sandhills.
Well, looks like the activist kids will have the opportunity to get out their drums and hula-hoops for a hootenanny of a protest. Or maybe then can lay down and get themselves arrested — like the kids in Montana and movie stars in Washington.
Well, at least we can find out why it would be better to get oil from Iran and Venezuela, than Canada.
(Oh yeah, it is because they don’t like the tar-sands oil, and has nothing to do with the pipeline. But you won’t hear that from them.)