Carrying over from last week, into the Holiday weekend (Festivus is upon us!)…
As you may have seen from our late Friday evening post, Pinnacle Bank president Sid Dinsdale is out mystery candidate for the GOP nom for U.S. Senate.
We already knew it was Dinsdale when we wrote our cryptic Friday morning post, but we were sworn to secrecy on divulging his name to anyone. As it turned out, someone else spilled it to the OWH’s Robyn Tysver, and while we were out roasting egg nog, she swooped in and wrote a late story. Once we got that nod, we posted ourselves, with a few extra tidbits.
To our knowledge, Dinsdale has NOT decided yet. We don’t know who is on his team or what his strategy is for an announcement etc. We will say this: he got an immediate round of semi-support here in the comments section that we were frankly surprised about. There are plenty dissenters to go around if he decides to run, so that may give him a little encouragement.
In the mean time, Ben Nelson said he may decide this week. If it’s a “NO”, don’t be surprised to hear about it Friday evening. If it’s “Yes”, it could be any minute.
We have been watching the whole Keystone XL Pipeline deal unfold at the Federal level. While sort of a victory to force the President’s hand in the next 60 days, we won’t be surprised to hear him say he has decided to reject this plan, and will wait until another is completed, or some such.
If the balance is purely political for him (and it is), then he will not come down against the radical Enviros (your pal Jane, included) against the Unions, or vice versa. Then again, if he is forced to look purely at the jobs issue, he may just figure, “where are the Enviros going to go anyway? To Mitt or Newt?” Whereas the Union groups may just show their Reagan-Democrat stripes.
In the mean time, we see that the LJS went ahead and wrote up ANOTHER Jane Kleeb story (hey look, Jane learned that Nebraska doesn’t have a Senate!). Well, that’s nice and all, but just know that if the Pipeline does ever go through, that is 100% failure for her.
Her plan — and the plan of Dick Holland and the rest of them — never had ANYTHING to do with the Sandhills or the Aquifer or any of that. Every scientist who looked at it said that route was fine. It was simply a gift for her that she was able to whip up the NIMBYism around that to meet her goals. If the pipe had originally been on another route, there would have been some other gripe on her part.
So while we won’t be surprised to see the pipeline final decision to come for another year, the (free-range, hormone free, organic) champagne can stay on ice for everyone else as well.
We see that Dem NE-2 challenger John Ewing is now out campaigning in Lincoln for his Omaha area Congressional race.
Let’s see. Last time we heard from Ewing, he was screaming at and threatening to sue the cops in Aurora, Colorado. Now, out drumming up support from non-voters in Capital City.
Someone might want to suggest that he hang around Omaha for just a little while.
Oh, and he also said that if Ben Nelson doesn’t run, he can’t win. Way to handcuff yourself to the CornhuskerKickbacker, Mr. Ewing. Awesome plan.
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