That NDP is in quotes, because obviously Ben Nelson is the leader of the party in Nebraska, and a full page ad in the two biggest papers in the state does not get the go ahead, unless he says so.
You may remember the last time Nelson put up a full pager against his opponent like this. That would be 2006 when he had the Pete Ricketts “Cat in the Hat” poem and caricature — what looks to be by the same artist. They seem to have a thing for whiskers and big teeth.
At the time the state’s largest newspapers castigated Nelson for his lack of “seriousness” in buying the ad and how it brought down the race. But of course, that was all tempered with a “both sides better cut it out” finger-wag, and Ricketts put up the “Farmer Nelson” TV ad and all heck broke loose.
Point being, you are not going to see that this time around. The OWH will not wag it’s mighty finger at Nelson when Jon Bruning is on the line. And you probably have not heard the last of the complaint of “where did Bruning make his money” when the OWH begins to investigate. [I swear to Gaia, I wrote that sentence before reading the OWH’s story this morning.] And of course, the LJS’s Don Walton is very unlikely to begin lecturing Ben Nelson here either. At the very least, he may tut-tut the party, but the point will be that Bruning brought it on himself.
Believe it or not, there was even a time when the state’s chief liberal blogger even noted that he “was not a fan” of the caricature and poem ad (back in 2006). That it was beneath the office, etc.
In any case, when Ben Nelson is threatened, expect a long, drawn-out, dirty fight from him, no matter who the candidate is. If Bruning does not get the nod, Don Stenberg or Deb Fischer can expect their garbage to be rummaged through and have newspaper ads and mailings and all the like against them.
That’s the Nelson way.
But is it the Nebraska way?
And we liked this line in Robynn Tysver’s OWH story today on how Bruning made his money:
Bruning’s financial dealings became an issue Wednesday after Nebraska Democrats questioned how the attorney general found time to make all those investments — and to serve on his companies’ boards of directors — while working for the state.
Riiiight. THAT’s when it “became an issue”. Why, that article didn’t take any investigative effort at all. It just wrote itself. Boy it sure is a good thing the NDP published that ad (and ominously labeled it “Part 1”) or the OWH probably never would have published that long, front-page, above the fold, extensively researched piece.
My that was a coincidence.
We were watching with a tiny little bit of interest at the “arrest me!” protests at the White House against the Tar Sands Oil the past week. Maybe it is coming in the next wave, but we were pretty sure we were supposed to see some bigger names involved.
Jane Kleeb mentioned that Margot Kidder got put in the slam to cement her hate of oil from America’s neighbor to the north. And some actress from Dances with Wolves made her “brave” statement by being politely booked by DC police and given $100 fine.
But where was Martin Sheen? Where was Danny Glover?
Well, Glover may have had bigger fish to fry. You see, like Al Jazeera news covering the oil pipeline debate out on the Nebraska plains, Glover also has nailed down his interest in America’s oil importation. Like All Star blow-hard Sean Penn, he is a buddy of… Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez!
Aww how nice. Wonder if Jane will get Danny and Hugo to come to the State Department’s Sandhills field hearings. And the whole thing can be covered by Al Jazeera. Oh it’ll be a scene, man.