First, we always love polls, so we would be remiss if we didn’t reiterate the poll that the Nebraka Republican Party released yesterday with the following results:
Do you think Senator Ben Nelson deserves reelection, or do you think its time to give someone else a chance?
Reelect Nelson: 41%
Someone Else: 59%
Well, that dovetails nicely with all the other polls (save Nelson’s personal campaign polls) that show Nelson barely cracking 40%.
In addition, they asked about the repeal of ObamaCare — which Ben Nelson was the deciding vote on, and totally L-U-Vs. 63% of respondents said repeal it, versus 37% who said don’t.
Just a snapshot of Nebraskans today.
A very telling snapshot, you might say.
So Ben Nelson ran to the gang at Politico, this time, to complain about those mean ol’ Republicans and their mean ol’ ads against him.
See, if they didn’t run those mean ads, well then, maybe Ben just might retire. Yeah! That’s right! Retire!
But now that Crossroads GPS and the boys have run a few spots against Nelson — not nearly as many, mind you that have been run ON his behalf — well, that’s gettin’ Nelson’s gumption up.
“It’s like the cat that chases something that’s running,” Nelson said. “There’s an urge to say, ‘OK, now … ‘Let’s go.’”
He added: “They run the risk of getting me in. If they want me out, maybe they ought to leave me alone.”
But asked if that meant he’d get into the race, Nelson said, “I’m not there yet.”
Whoa! Whoa! Hold on there cowboy! I didn’t say I WOULD run, I just said, I MIGHT run. Big difference there, sonny.
At this point, we have no idea where he is going to land. On the one hand Nelson’s campaign seems all geared up. The national Dems certainly want him to run, and are applying all the pressure they have to get him to run.
On the other hand, much of Nelson’s fundraising has been flat, or non-existent. He gives every impression — like in the interview above — that he doesn’t really want to run. But that Republicans are making him want to? Eh, what, Senator?
Check us if we’re wrong, but isn’t that the exact same criticism he made of Dave Heineman just last week?! He knocked Heineman, saying Governor Dave was letting national Republicans influence his decision. And now Nelson says that is exactly who may just influence his decision?
Or how about this one from Ol’ Ben:
“…the outside influences of people outside of Nebraska, paying a lot of money to run ads against me, has absolutely nothing to do with my decision.”
Yeah. You gotta hate when people outside Nebraska are paying a lot of money to run ads against you.
But you know what’s AWESOME? When people outside Nebraska are paying a lot of money to run ads FOR you! You know, like the $1.5 million the DSCC has poured into Nebraska TV stations on behalf of Nelson? Yeah, that’s totally cool, man.
Is this whimpering really the way Nelson plans to go out? Heck, maybe he IS running…
And if you’re going to let Karl Rove influence you Senator, you should know that NEGOP Executive Director Jordan McGrain has TRIPLE Dog Dared you (via a Tweet) to run for re-election!
(Though we should note that McGrain has created a slight breach of etiquette, skipping the Triple Dare and going right for the throat…)
And then National Right to Life and Nebraska Right to Life announced that not only will they NOT be endorsing Nelson if he runs for re-election, but that…
…both organizations will oppose Senator Ben Nelson (D) for re-election in November 2012 general election.
They went on to say:
“Ben Nelson’s vote for the pro-abortion, pro-rationing Obama health care law was a total betrayal of pro-life principles and a total betrayal of pro-life voters who stood by him in the past.”
“No pro-lifer should even consider supporting Ben Nelson for re-election.”
We all saw this coming, but still, this is a pretty big deal folks.
Keep in mind that back in 2006 the LJS noted…
The group (Nebraska Right to Life) had endorsed Nelson, who is running for re-election, in the primary along with all three Republican Senate candidates, including winner Pete Ricketts. But the board voted Saturday in Lincoln to follow its policy of rewarding incumbents and gave Nelson a sole endorsement in November’s general election…
Now you may possibly remember that we here at Leavenworth Street were not real crazy about this back in July of 2006 when we said:
Ben Nelson will support the Democrat majority in the Senate. It is not unlikely that he could be the difference in a 51-49 Democrat majority. If it doesn’t happen in the 2006 cycle, it very well could in 2008. And should the Dems take over the Senate there would not BE any votes on an Alito or a Roberts because they would not make it out of committee.
All of Nelson’s other positions take a back seat to the fact that he would support a Democrat controlled Senate. That’s why Democrats can stomach his candidacy and his positions that are almost diametrically opposed to their platform.
And that is the main reason that conservatives and Republicans and Pro-Lifers should oppose him.
Well, then a little something known as ObamaCare hit the fan, and Nelson sided with his Democrat buddies, like we always figured he would.
Hey we are glad that NRtL has come around on Nelson. And we aren’t trying to play a big “we told you so”. But was the writing not on the wall with Nelson back then?
Well, we are certainly glad everyone can read it now.
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