As we noted in our Tweet on Friday, political prognosticator Stuart Rothenberg has changed the Nebraska U.S. Senate race from “Toss Up” to “Tilts Republican”.
Rothenberg writes (on his pay-site):
Regardless of Nelson’s final decision about seeking a third term, this Senate seat looks extremely vulnerable. While Barack Obama won one of Nebraska’s electoral votes in 2008, he drew just 42 percent of the statewide vote. He isn’t likely to do any better next year.
Nelson consistently draws in the low 40s in ballot tests against each of his potential Republican foes, a terrible starting place for a veteran incumbent. Any near-term spike in Nelson’s numbers flowing from DSCC’s TV ads this fall isn’t likely to last.
Given that this race is more likely than not to be a referendum on Nelson, and considering his starting place, we believe that Nelson’s chances of holding this seat are less than 50-50.
Well, Rothenberg’s analysis really only confirms what the polls have been telling us the past few months. And considering that the DSCC has already poured $1.5 Million into the Nelson’s campaign ads, without seeing much of a return, you can see why there is still talk that Nelson won’t run.
Rothenberg does note, “Both sides expect him to seek a third term.”
Again, nothing that close observers don’t already know, but when the national dudes speak up, it carries just a bit more weight.
Just over a month until Ben’s self-appointed Christmastime decision…
For those of you who don’t read the LJS every day, they put together an interesting Tick-Tock of Speaker Mike Flood’s initial inspiration and negotiation of the pipeline deal — calling it a Hail Mary pass (of the Doug Flutie kind).
And then the OWH also does their Flood review, giving a little background — and a big supporter, Ken Stinson — and talking about the final deal.
And a line from Paul Hammel:
On the pipeline deal, however, it is clear that Flood and the Legislature — not Heineman — took the lead in crafting the final compromise.
And Hammel goes on to handicap the 2014 Gov’s race mentioning, of course, Flood and Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, then State Auditor Mike Foley and Rep. Lee Terry. (We hadn’t heard Terry’s name mentioned for that gig before, but anything’s possible probably.)
In any case, we will watch and see what Flood does with all of the glowing praise. You make hay while the sun shines, yeah? Are Flood’s balers running?
We still get our Google News updates from the various candidates and the like, and we chuckled quietly to ourselves when Scott Kleeb’s name came up recently.
Kleeb, president of “Something Pioneer Somethings”, was helping to judge Invest Nebraska’s East 2 West Venture Competition, where companies were vying for a $10K prize.
When a competitor, Ben Blecha, was explaining his idea for a dog-leg brace, the story says…
Kleeb and Toze urged Blecha to play up the emotional ties between potential customers and their pets.
Well, we see that Mr. Kleeb has taken his cues from Mrs. Kleeb. Why try to sell something on its merits or the facts, when you can prey on the emotions of the consumers!
That’s always more effective, yeah? Oh, and foam fingers made from petroleum are also big.
Our Drudge trolling over the weekend came upon these stories.
Apparently the Queen of England’s husband is NOT into Windmills (does that make him FOR oilspills?).
“…the Duke said the farms were “a disgrace”.
He also criticised the industry’s reliance on subsidies from electricity customers, claimed wind farms would “never work” and accused people who support them of believing in a “fairy tale”.
Ya gotta love the seasoned citizen who just doesn’t give a crap what anyone else thinks. Including his enviro-nutty, and future King, son.
And then there was Chris “He put a thrill up my leg” Matthews, bagging on the President and his team of “propeller heads”.
Matthews bitches that the President hasn’t given him any marching orders and won’t call anyone. Matthews says the President never calls Members of Congress because, “He doesn’t like their company.”
And it is pretty obvious what Matthews’ real problem is.
He’s a racist.
(snort snort yuk yuk yuk…)
Hey, it is Black Friday Week (Black Week?). And you know what that means! Camp outside Wall Mart in the cold like a sucker? NO! Got to Amazon.com (via LeavenworthSt.com’s Amazon links) for all of your Black Friday deals! And boy-oh, they got ’em! Hey, and you’ll send a little (anonymous) love L.St.’s way while you do it.
That’s what they call a win-win. Smiles all around everyone! It’s a short week!