For those of you who don’t read the LJS, U.S. Senator Ben Nelson told The Don Walton that he would decide whether or not to run for re-election around Christmastime.
NEGOP ED Jordan McGrain quickly responded that the last time Nelson made a major decision in the December Holiday season, we ended up with ObamaCare.
Nelson gave the regular notes about whether or not he would run — needs to talk to his family, has to decide whether or not he can contribute in that super-partisan Senate, etc.
But National Journal’s Hotline was pretty down on Nelson’s likelihood of running again.
They noted where Nelson said,
“I’m not trying to drag this out,” the two-term Democratic senator said. “There is no theater involved in this.
“It’s more that I just don’t want to be a candidate any longer than I need to be or (it’s more difficult) to do the job I’m elected to do.”
Still, an incumbent who says publicly they don’t want to be a candidate is cause for any party strategist to bash their head against a wall in frustration. It’s worse for Democrats; there’s virtually no party bench in Nebraska, and if Nelson decides to retire, he’ll effectively hand the seat to the winner of the state Republican primary.
And the Washington Post’s The Fix is pretty down on Nelson too, Tweeting:
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, call your office.
But we dunno.
On the one hand we won’t be surprised if Nelson decides he doesn’t want to go down a loser. Frankly, that’s the main thing we would see in his decision — if he does not see any way to win against any of the candidates (ya hear that Spencer Zimmerman?).
On the other hand, Nelson and the party have been spending a butt-load of cash on this non-campaign, and everything is pretty much in place for a run.
But maybe the point of that is that the party has been the one spending the cash. They are trying to keep him in the race, and filling his honey pot of campaign cash with free ads. Are they really the ones pushing Nelson’s candidacy right now? Could be.
But, like the present under the tree, we will have to wait until Christmas to find out what’s inside. And hopefully it is not another Cornhusker Kickback…
And wait, weren’t all of those Nelson spots “issue ads”, and not “campaign ads”?
Says The Don Walton:
“Nelson … has blanketed the state with a series of TV ads paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee…”
Glad Don agrees with us there.
We are the 53%.
Also, please join us in sending prayers and support for Rod Krogh, aide to Senator Bob Krist, and his family. Rod was involved in a very bad traffic accident last week. See 10/11’s report here.