If it finally comes to pass that Senator Ben Nelson decides to retire instead of running for re-election in 2012, we will point to Don Walton’s interview with Nelson on November 30th as the first real indicator of Nelson’s intent.
What was the key point?
However, he (Nelson) said, a November survey of 1,300 likely voters by his campaign pollster led him to the conclusion that if he runs, he will win.
You got that peeps? You see IF Ben Nelson runs, oh he’s sure to win. But….maybe…he just doesn’t feel like running. So hey, time to hang it up. But hey, had he run…you know…sure winner. Just didn’t feel like running. See?
Then there was that giant elephant in the room that went unspoken. And we mean that in the “figure of speech” version, as well as mascot version.
And that Giant GOP Elephant?
Governor Dave Heineman.
You see, Nelson trumpeted and crowed about his poll that showed him on top of all three major announced GOP candidates. (And you know, if your own pollster, in an internal poll, says, a YEAR out, that you could win, that means you WILL win, right?) But unsaid went that little note from the OTHER poll that came out the other day.
You know, the poll that says Governor Dave Heineman would SMOKE Nelson in a Senate race. Really the one matchup that most political observers feel pretty set on. (Couldn’t ask the good Senator about that poll question, Don? Forget about that, didja?)
And, good readers, there are those (including Nelson) who are feeling more and more that there’s a chance that Governor Dave could be persuaded to serve his country one last time in Washington, D.C. And how can we be certain of of Nelson’s thoughts on that?
Well, because of the completely out of nowhere shots Nelson decided to take on Governor Dave. What is Nelson’s beef with Heineman now?
Well, seems there is a Federal Law, that Nelson was the deciding vote on. And said Federal LAW says that the state has to form a certain “health insurance exchange”. And the Federal Law, that Nelson nailed down for America, also provides $5 million for the state to set up the exchange.
Now, Governor Dave doesn’t like that law. Hopes the Supreme Court will overturn it. Hopes the health insurance exchange will go away. But guess what? It’s the law of the land (guaranteed by Senator Nelson).
You know what else Heineman probably has? A shovel. A big bag of salt. Mittens. One of those hats with ear flaps on the sides.
And to that Nelson would probably say, “Why does Heineman have all this snow storm gear??? Doesn’t he know that it’s been warm out? That this is one of the balmiest Novembers we’ve ever had? Why would he buy that when the weatherman said we don’t need it???”
Because, as much as we don’t like it, the weather is probably coming. Or maybe not. Maybe it will miss. But you’d be a dope not to prepare for a storm, yeah? Any Nebraskan will tell you that if you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it’ll change in a few minutes.
So if the Supremes decide that ObamaCare is awesome and Constitutional, Heineman would have been silly not to take the cash to put together the health insurance exchanges.
And Ben Nelson knows it.
But hey, why not take a shot at Heineman. Besides, Ben knows that if Ben runs, he will win.
In the mean time, the national Dems are spending MORE money trying to convince Nelson to run.
This time they’ve put up a “Veterans” ad for Nelson. See it here:
Huh. So it’s cool to film political ads on Veterans Day at Memorial Park? Did NOT know that. Thought that was supposed to be an a-political type event. Interesting to know that’s just another day to sell your campaign. Nice.
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Wait. Hold on a second.
(What?! The what? Uh…)
Uh, make that the York News Times.
But equally awesome and all that. And some other papers affiliated with the York News Times, we heard.
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