This is the opposite of what we heard from Joe Jordan the other day — indicating the Washington muckety-mucks were bending her against running. So it looks like Howard will disturb the Democrat coronation that Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing hoped to reign over this Spring.
And here’s the deal: Howard could win.
As a strategist recently suggested to us, turnout for the Democrat primary will likely be low — 25,000 voters or so. (You know, unless Hillary decides to Primary the President.) So 13,000 votes wins it. And there are a great many liberal, pro-choice voters that will make the trek.
Howard could argue that she gives the best contrast with Congressman Lee Terry, not Ewing.
The Democrats could actually have a primary on their paws.
Will they let it happen?
Ah, the OWH. It is so much like the box sitting in Forest Gump’s lap.
On Sunday, front page, below the fold, we saw an image of a woman slugging through some Sandhills wetlands, next to the headline: “Debating the pipeline’s risks”
So if you bothered to read, you would be expecting…a debate! Right?
Oh, no no, naive reader! You instead got a few lines from a Holt County nurse who cranked out the same, “We have to save our drinking water!” line we have heard over and over again.
And then who do we get? We get UNL Professor Emeritus, Sandhills land owner and hydrogeologist James Goeke. Who (agin) set out the facts that the Ogallala Aquifer is not an underground pool. That it is rocks and clay and cement-like. That ground water moves at maybe a foot a day.
“I’m a landowner in the Sand Hills. I don’t think anyone loves them more than I do. I would never ever give my approval or consent to something that I feel would be egregious to my interest,” he said.
“This is the epitome of ‘Not in my backyard.'”
But the OWH goes on to say,
“His stance has sparked sharp disagreements within the halls of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln…”
Oh really? Did we hear ANYONE refute ANY of what Goeke has said???
But on page two, we see another photo of our Sandhills nurse, with a cut quote talking about “sacrificing our drinking water.”
And this is what passes for a debate on the issue.
Professor Goeke, if you’re not going to rhyme and bring along some stuffed animals with you, we are not sure why you are even bothering.
An analysis by an unnamed Democrat strategist in the Huffington Post the other day on the Nebraska Senate race (amongst all the others in the country).
Strategist Person suggested that the Tea Partiers in Nebraska will drive the candidates so far to the right in the GOP Senate primary — particularly on Medicare and Social Security — that Ben Nelson will coast to a victory on “protectin’ the seniors!”
One Democratic insider also thinks Tea Party dynamics in Nebraska favor Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, whose contest is currently ranked a toss-up. There, the GOP establishment pick, state Attorney General Jon Bruning is fending off state Treasurer Don Stenberg. Both have catered to Tea Party groups for endorsements, moving towards positions on Medicare and Social Security that Democrats think will damage both.
“Nelson is staking his whole campaign on Medicare and Social Security, as their grand protector,” the Democratic operative said.
A pseudo-interesting take, but only because the words “Tea Party” are now thrown in instead of “right wingers” when this comes up.
Any time there is a GOP primary, the Dems always come out and claim that the evangelicals, or the pro-lifers, or the flat taxers, or the Limbaugh listeners, or whatever conservative group du jour they can crack on, will drive the candidates too far right.
This isn’t a new claim, but again, putting “Tea Party” there gets the lefty media all lathered up. The thing is, in Nebraska the Tea Partiers have not really set themselves apart. Oh sure, national Tea Party groups have endorsed Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg. But has either of them taken strangely conservative positions on issues that they didn’t already hold? Of course not.
And don’t even get us started on the fact that when Nelson voted for ObamaCare, he voted to cut over $500 billion from Medicare. This election is going to be about Nelson backing ObamaCare, and towing the Democrat line. And Nelson will be married to the President until Election Day. We will see how that union works for him.
Who’s got some FEC numbers?