And don’t you always wish that YOU were being polled? Let your opinions be the ones to influence the movers and shakers (and candlestick makers)?
Well, here is a pretty detailed list of poll questions that went out last night to one loyal Leavenworth Street reader:
1.) What party are you?
2.) How likely are you to vote for President, Senate and Congress?
3.) Do you have a favorable view of Jon Burning?
4.) Do you have a favorable view of Don Stenberg?
5.) Do you have a favorable opinion of Bob Kerrey?
6.) Do you have a favorable opinion of Steve Lathrop?
7.) Do you have a favorable opinion of Kim Robak?
8.) Do you approve of the job Barack is doing as President?
9.) If the election for the Senate was being held today, who would you vote for? Bob Kerrey or Jon Bruning?
11.) Steve Lathrop or Jon Bruning?
12.) 1 Definitely 2 Probably
13.) Kim Robak or Jon Bruning?
14.) 1 Definitely 2 Probably
15.) Bob Kerrey or Don Stenberg?
16.) 1 Definately 2 Probably
17.) Steve Lathrop or Don Stenberg?
18.) 1 Definitely 2 Probably
19.) Kim Robak or Don Stenberg?
20.) 1 Definitely 2 Probably
21.) If the 2012 Presidential Election was today, Barack Obama or Republican Party Candidate?
22.) 1 Definitely 2 Probably
23.) Man or Woman?
24.) Age Group?
Note a few things:
Dave Heineman is NOT listed.
Kim Robak IS listed.
Deb Fischer is NOT listed.
No other names you haven’t heard are listed.
Well, FWIW, we are hearing AGAIN, that there is an Omaha Businessperson who is considering getting into the Senate race.
Unlike last time — when we knew, but couldn’t divulge Sid Dinsdale’s name — we do not have that person’s name, or even any firm confirmation that such a person exists! (Phantom candidate? Maaaaayybe.)
In any case, we await that possibility. But that person would have to have some serious cash, or an immediate ability to raise such cash, to get in the race and push their name ID — assuming they are not well known already.
We are feeling more confident in the proposition that Dave Heineman will NOT get in the race, but frankly that could change at any moment. But considering that the NRSC has used Magellan, the pollster who did the above poll, in the past… And considering they did not add Heineman’s name to the list… We are feeling like Governor Dave may sit this one out.
And what of Cosmic Bob Kerrey? He of the Greenwich Village Bob Kerreys? He of the plan to run for Mayor of New York City just a few years ago?
Just our couple of centavos on Kerrey:
We all know that Kerrey’s thinking can be somewhat….esoteric when it comes to politics. No one knows what he is really thinking. And is his heart really in it? To go, once again, to the Elks Clubs and the pancake feeds and parades and the county party meetings and all the rest across Nebraska? And then to play all the political games with the unsavory Washington types that he has grown to hate. And then what of his wife and ten-year old son? Move them to Nebraska and see them only on the weekends? Or move them to DC and see them only on the weekdays (assuming he comes “back” to Nebraska on the weekends)?
Don’t kid yourselves, readers. If you have a family — particularly a young family — the life of a Member of Congress can suck. Thing is, Kerrey knows that.
And we always remember the book, The Running Mate when talk of Kerrey running comes up.
The Running Mate was Joe Klein’s follow-up to his book Primary Colors (later a movie starring John Travolta) which he penned as “Anonymous”. You may remember back to that time when Washington was buzzing about the spot-on portrayal of the Bill Clinton character, “Jack Stanton”, and just who Anonymous was.
Eventually, (after a fairly long time) Klein fessed up — and then wrote a follow up. That book was The Running Mate — about a divorced Midwest Senator named Charlie Martin who had lost the Presidential Primary to eventual President Stanton. Martin was a wounded Vietnam vet, who was wary of the political ways of Washington and yadda yadda yadda.
(It’s an enjoyable book, and you can pick it up via Amazon — and give a little love back to Leavenworth Street. Hey, and get it immediately for your Kindle. And if you don’t have a Kindle, you can use an app and read it on your computer. Modern technology kicks ass.)
Anywho, there is a scene in the book where and aide to Martin is expressing how the Senator is finally enjoying a life outside of politics. He had been fairly miserable after running a half-hearted campaign for President. He is getting sick of and more disillusioned with politics. But now he has a new hip girlfriend in New York, he plays with her kids, and he is spending less and less time with politics and the job of Senator. And the aide says,
We’re playing charades last week and Robin – the little boy – has to act out the song Happy Birthday, and what does he do for “Happy’? He points to the Senator.
We always figured that is how Joe Klein saw Kerrey outside of politics. And our guess is that it’s accurate.
And we aren’t sure why Kerrey would go back.
But, who knows, right?
And since there isn’t a whole lot else going on (yes, yes, New Hampshire, blah blah blah), here is a report on Don Stenberg making a broadside attack against Jon Bruning.
By the way, note that Stenberg says Bruning RAN for AG so he could enrich himself — not just that he did so while there. That’s quite the accusation, no?
But Bruning is a pretty mellow guy, and probably can’t be provoked into responding. Right?