On this Federal Friday (where we bring up, and ask you to weigh in on the Presidential races), we will first start with the Senate race in Nebraska, where things have turned a bit this week.
While everyone waits for Ben Nelson to make his decision on whether or not to retire, the speculation on Dave Heineman’s candidacy has increased. And the question immediately jumps to…who will run for Governor!?!
Wait. We’ll give that a couple days.
No, the next Q is, who will and won’t stay in, if Governor Dave jumps in. Joe Jordan has been stalking the GOP candidates, and the other day cornered Deb Fischer in a diner and got a “I’ll let you know” out of her.
But next on his plate was Don Stenberg, and in his video interview today on Watchdog, Stenberg tells Jordan that he will stay in, no matter what — posing himself as the next Marco Rubio.
See Joe’s interview here:
It is interesting that Joe, and Don, try to frame Heineman getting into the race as an NRSC driven thing. And that may or may not be true, but let us be real here: Stenberg’s campaign barely had two nickels to rub together until he kissed South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint’s Tea Party ring. Only then did the money and ads start flowing. McConnell and the boys “like to run things”? Well, add that to the hissy fit that DeMint has thrown ever since Heineman has expressed a few thoughts on the race.
There may be a lot of variables in the upcoming GOP primary. But make no doubt that the DeMint and his groups are trying to place their guy, Stenberg, in the seat. No matter what Nebraskans may feel about it.
So we still have the Mitt and Newt show running, with less than a month until the Iowa Caucuses. While the polls sway this way and that, the harsher spotlight is once again on Newt and his history.
Some these days are calling Newt out on his big government ways — where he is all for government to fix things, just as long as they use HIS ideas. And his ideas usually have the adverbs “fundamentally” or “sincerely” or “radically” associated with them.
And then there is the little matter that many feel that Barack Obama and his campaign team could slap down Newt like a narc at a biker rally. Not necessarily in debates and all that. But in the CAMPAIGN. Big difference that.
And Mitt? Our favorite Onion-esque headline we saw the other day was, “Romney considering adultery to boost poll numbers.” Ya gotta do what you gotta do.
So could Romney be a successful conservative President, or is he just your friend’s Dad who never seems to take off his tie? Is Newt the next Churchill, or the next Cliff Clavin?
Have at it on these, or other topics of your choice. (Please keep it to the political, not personal, and be kind to your neighbor.)
And go Jays Final Four soccer!!!!!!
(See a great write-up of Creighton and Jays soccer in the New York Times, here.)
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