The stupid Iowa caucuses are today (secret ballot? low turnout? pffftt!).
And you know somewhere in Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty is kicking a desk-side waste basket screaming, “Santorum?! Rick effing Santorum???!!!”
Don Walton threw a mention Leavenworth Street’s way yesterday (thanks Don) noting all the various names being thrown out if NE-1 Rep. Jeff Fortenberry decides to get in the Senate race: Speaker Mike Flood, NEGOP Chairman Mark Fahleson, state Senator Tony Fulton, Auditor Mike Foley, state Senator Chris Langemeier, just to name a few.
Expect those names to rise and fall faster than a second place Iowa Presidential candidate if Fortenberry throws his hat into the Senate ring.
Which begs the question: What will Fort do?
Heck Don Stenberg is ALREADY taking veiled shots at Fort on the Twitter:
My resolution for 2012: Fight the establishment & reclaim Nebraska’s Senate seat with a genuine, lifelong Nebraskan.
At first we were wondering why Stenberg was going after Bob Kerrey already. But then we were nudged in the direction of the CD-1 to see what Don was getting at.
And frankly we were a bit taken aback. You hear the carpetbagger stuff from the Dems, but we surprised to hear that sort of hit from a fellow Republican. Fortenberry has a zillion votes you could choose from to criticize. To go after the “I was born in Nebraska and he wasn’t” seems a little…catty.
Like him or hate him, Fortenberry certainly paid his dues in Nebraska before asking to represent the state in Congress. And if nothing else, the voters agreed. But anything for an edge, we suppose.
In the mean time, Dems are waiting on the aforementioned Kerrey to make his call. We know Kerrey L-U-Vs the national attention he gets in these situtations. Calls from Lawrence O’Donnell, and the like, to measures Cosmic Bob’s orbit.
But we (and the majority of the national press) don’t see the 68 year old Kerrey pulling the trigger here.
Which makes things still fairly wide-open.
State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh is not wasting any time with his proposal for a new approach for the Omaha Public Schools board. Tomorrow he will be introducing this bill (linked).
Under his plan…
It will change the make-up of the OPS board, by taking it from a 12-member board to a five-member board. Further, it imposes term limits, and provides that the board members be paid. I believe this will create a board that is of a higher profile, more responsive to the need for change, and better equipped to give us the kind of district we need for our children.
It is a bad idea to underestimate Lautenbaugh.
Happy New Year!