Let us kick off this Thursday with the newest ad by Crossroads GPS targeting Ben Nelson’s vote for ObamaCare:
We are told that this spot will air in the Omaha and Lincoln markets for two weeks. In other words, whatever the DSCC can throw out for Ben Nelson, the opposing views can whack back.
Which leads us to…
Ben Nelson did a press call yesterday and the focus was obviously on whether or not he will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate. But also, whether Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s decision on whether or not to run will affect the Nelson’s decision. Nelson (who happened to have been born just 7 months before the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks) responded:
“Absolutely not. Absolutely not.”
Huh. Well, that’s interesting, because that’s not what Nelson’s campaign manager — the reportedly smartest political mind in Nebraska — Paul Johnson said.
Johnson said part of Nelson’s decision on whether or not to run will be based on:
“Does he stand a reasonable chance of being reelected?”
Well, last time we checked, there was a poll that said Heineman leads Nelson 51% to 33%.
So if Governor Dave is saying he may run, you better bet your Capital One Bowl tickets that Nelson is not only paying attention, but weighing his decision with that in mind.
The funny thing is, everyone knows that. So the more Nelson protests, the more the eyes of everyone listening and reading just start rolling around in their heads.
Nelson even followed up with this line:
“Dave’s partisan showboating has no bearing on my decision.”
Partisan showboating? Heineman says others are trying to get him to run and that’s showboating? Or is he referring to Heineman’s suggestion that Nelson vote to repeal ObamaCare, like the majority or Nebraskans would like?
Showboating? If this were a basketball game, Dave Heineman is warming up by hitting every single solitary one of his layups. And Nelson is standing on the other side of the court yelling, “Showboat!!!”
In the mean time, Senator Jim DeMint is getting all hot and heavy about the prospect of Heineman getting in the race.
Freedomworks PAC — mind you a PAC based in Washington DC, run by Texan Dick Armey and supported by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina — sent out this email to supporters:
As you know, the Nebraska Republican Senate primary is critically important in our efforts to take back the United States Senate from Harry Reid and his tax-and-spend agenda. To do that, we need to fire Senator Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson!
But now the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the D.C. establishment political arm of the Senate Republicans, is trying to recruit a new candidate to run and water down the conservative vote!
Nebraska’s Senate Republican primary race should be decided by the people of Nebraska!
That’s why I’m urging you to call and email the NRSC with one message: “Don’t tell us who to vote for in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary. Stay out of our backyard!”
(DeMint’s official group, Senate Conservatives, has pretty much the same message on their website.)
By “our” are they referring to Steve Spurrier’s lawn or the courtyard of the Hart Senate Office building? Because those are the only places they have some influence in. It ain’t Nebraska.
It is somewhat amazing here that DeMint is outraged that the Governor of Nebraska is thinking of running for Senate, from Nebraska — when South Carolinian DeMint has already crowned Don Stenberg as his candidate. Politico called it “Faux NIMBYism”.
We have also heard that DeMint is miffed that Bo Pelini is thinking of changing up his defense when the Huskers face the Gamecocks — when South Carolina has already prepared for the Huskers’ other schemes. Doesn’t Bo know that DeMint already endorsed the aforementioned Steve Spurrier’s team???
In the mean time, there is a great debate going on in the back, smoke filled rooms about whether Jon Bruning, Steneberg and/or Deb Fischer would clear out if Heineman gets in.
It really is sort of a moot point at least until Nelson makes his decision, as not too many think that Heineman will get in if Nelson is out. If for some reason Heienman DID stay in after Nelson got out, it would be pretty much game-on between all the challengers, we’d think.
But if Nelson stays in, things change.
Joe Jordan (and the back of his head, at a diner) tried his best to lean into Deb Fischer to get her to commit one way or another, though she declined to play Jordan’s “what if” game.
Obviously Stenberg and his gang would like Don to stay in. One would think they would see the writing on the wall, but we have no doubt that there are calculations that show Heineman would split votes with Bruning, and then Stenberg could slip in, and blah blah blah.
We just don’t see it. Nebraska Republicans are pretty shrewd. They already KNOW that they like Dave Heineman. They know that Independents and many Democrats like Dave Heineman. And, maybe most importantly, they know that Dave Heineman would have the best chance of any candidate to knock off Ben Nelson. Sure the others could too, but why take a chance?
And is there REALLY some argument that Don Stenberg or Jon Bruning are more conservative than Dave Heineman? That would be digging deep.
And and why don’t you dig deep and give that special one of yours something nice for Festivus, huh?
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