On Friday afternoon.
If you are looking to make a big media “splash”, that ain’t exactly the time.
So Don announced that he raised $53,000 for the quarter, totally $113,000 for the entire cycle, and has $18,000 Cash on Hand.
Note that the $53K for the quarter is not only lower than his next rival — Deb Fischer — but that Fischer’s quarterly report of $228K was more than what Stenberg has raised for the entire campaign.
We will say however that we expect Stenberg’s next report to be higher with some national Tea Party money attached to it. But his Q3 report is probably at least a little startling to watchers around here. Though once he got in, the mantra had always been that Stenberg is a poor fund-raiser — but does have a base of conservative support, particularly among the over 50 group, who tend to actually vote.
Stenberg’s camp pushed that theme in their Friday release (that got shoved under the door for someone to step on Monday morning). He noted that while being outspent by his opponents in 2000, he also garnered 50% of the vote in that six-man race (Scott Moore was the next closest, along with the likes of David Hergert, George Grogan and Elliot Ruuuuuuuuuustaaaaaaaaaaad).
But that was also twelve years ago. And Jon Bruning is no Scott Moore.
We have noted that this primary race has a lot more fluidity in it. Because of his name ID and track record, Stenberg is not one to be ignored. But his quarterly numbers have to put a bit of a spring in the steps of his rivals.
So we couldn’t decide on what sign to go with for the Occupy marches over the weekend. We were really gung-ho on the “Bring back Twin Peaks” sign. But then we found out that “Twin Peaks” is now the name of an upscale Hooters in West Omaha, so we were worried about confusing our fellow marchers. And same with our “Bring back Profit” sign (minus the Hooters chicks).
And while the “We are the 99%” sign was popular, we thought about out how stupid that slogan really is. So 99% of the people are 99% more than the 1% of the people? Is this some sort of a transitive math problem? (And don’t get technical with us Mathies.) So we are most certainly part of that 99% figure, however they slice it. But we are 99% sure that the unwashed, make-your-own-drum, hula-hoop, hipsters do not represent us in whatever it is they hope corporations and Warren Buffet will or will not stop or start doing.
But hey, beautiful day for a march.
And on that note, Jeremy Jensen, who has put together a number of great vids in the past, was at the march in Lincoln on Saturday. He put together this piece (be sure to check out the montage of car bumper stickers at the end):
So here is what happened to Jeremy:
I was able to capture about half an hour of great b-roll, but when I started interviewing people, I was met with hostility from members of the crowd who recognized me as a conservative.
The ringleader of the “out Jeremy” cause was Joe the tracker (from American Bridge), making sure that everyone knew I am an avid tea party and supporter of conservative causes, and telling them not to talk to me.
Tracker Joe has attended every single conservative event and meeting I’ve been to in the last three months, and we have been overly generous to Joe, allowing him to film events and speeches in private and public spaces. I’m quite confused as to why Tracker Joe would make such a big fuss out of me just being there; I guess I’ll start making a fuss about him when he’s at our events for now on.
We suggested to Jeremy that next time he go with a wool cap, tie-dye shirt and shants. Oh, and a make-your-own-drum.
And a few final pull-quotes from the PPP polling folks:
- This doesn’t bode well for Ben Nelson- only 29% of Nebraskans support health care bill, 60% opposed.
- Tom Osborne, at 86/6 favorability in Nebraska, is the most popular person we’ve ever polled on.
- If there’s a state in the country that embraces a college football program more than Nebraska does the Cornhuskers I haven’t polled it yet.
Some of us probably already knew all of those things…