We are hearing, from well-placed sources that Pinnacle Bank President Sid Dinsdale is NOT going to run for U.S. Senate. Not getting a great reason why, other than what a giant hassle the primary would be.
Also hearing that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) is taking a harder and harder look at the Senate race. If he drops out of his House race, LOTS of shoes to drop in for that House seat. But at this point, nothing confirmed.
And is Governor Dave still interested…?
More when we get more.
Next, lest we forget that all things continue, TWO new ads out today by U.S. Senate candidates.
First, Jon Bruning:
It would seem he is taking Stenberg and his pals head-on in the “who can declare to be more conservative” department.
Then there is a Don Stenberg ad, paid for by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint’s conservative group:
And this is fine and all. But does anyone else find it a little weird that DeMint would take such a HUGE interest in the Stenberg camp? Sure, sure, he wants conservatives in, and all that. But does anyone in Nebraska think that Stenberg is more conservative than Bruning, or Deb Fischer for that matter? Or Dave Heineman?
DeMint made an interesting argument that the knock against Stenberg had been that he might have a tough time beating Ben Nelson, and that now that impediment is gone. And that would be fine — if there were no other alternatives. But does he really think that Bruning or Fischer would be off the conservative reservation? Or does he just want “his guy” in? We will let you answer that on your own.
Since arguably the “electabilty” factor is now gone, it is going to be interesting to see what the separation will be between the candidates (besides money).
Following up on the Nelson announcement, a few notes on all the clatter afterwards.
Lest anyone get weepy-eyed about Nelson’s bipartisanship and all that, note his comment to Politico after saying that he was quitting instead of facing the voters one last time:
“The Tea Party must be stopped.”
Yeah? Which Tea Party? DeMint’s Tea Party? The Tea Party Express? The people that go to the Tea Party events and defecate on police cars and spread vermin across public property? (Oh wait, we mixed up the TPers and the OWSers…)
So is Nelson against smaller government and stricter adherence to the Constitution? What is it exactly about the “Tea Party”? Because that is an interesting lashing out to his final media swarm of his career.
And then Joe Jordan went on Channel 3 to state that Nelson was quitting because he’s tired of the Senate, not because he thought he would lose.
Come on Joe. We will grant that old man Nelson was certainly getting cranky up on The Hill. And that a guy who craves public adoration was getting batted about by both party wings. Just look at the response yesterday. Groups like Right to Life putting out scathing releases after his announcement. And then this line from a “Democrat on CNN:
“(Nelson) typically takes the easy way out… when the going gets tough, he abandons the party.”
Well, except that he was certainly loyal to ObamaCare and the Stimulus and numerous others. (And on that note, we chuckle at all the ultra-libs who are now clamoring on the national sites, “Finally Nelson is gone! Now Nebraska can send a REAL Democrat to the Senate!” Yuh huh. And San Francisco can send a conservative Republican…)
Oh, and note that instead of letting Nelson himself break his announcement or at least letting the local press have the scoop, Politico.com, of all sources, broke the story. There is a rumor that after the DSCC spent a million and a half bucks on him, and then he dumps them, someone said, “screw you” and leaked it to Politico. Hard ball until the end.
Anyway, to suggest that Nelson did not care if he lost his final election is to ignore the political realities staring you in the face. It is not unnatural for people to quit instead of facing an imminent loss. Call it for what it is.
And then Senator Claire McCaskill summed up the Democrat point of view in the note that she passed to Nelson (with a claim that it was about football):
Nebraska still sucks.
And Missouri blows, Senator.