Day 30 as Bob Kerrey wanders the streets of New York…contemplating, contemplating…whether he could pull off this look at Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell…
The New York Times article attached to that awesome photo of Cosmic Bob contains this key quote:
“It’s a very Republican, very conservative state,” he added. “I’m going to have much bigger problems if I run in Nebraska than whether or not I’ve been living there for the last 11 years.”
Translation: My support of ObamaCare, a single-payer health care system and abortion, among an array of other issues, isn’t really going to fly in that place I haven’t lived in for the past 11 years.
And here’s the thing about Kerrey — and Nelson: Their dithering on whether or not to run — if Kerrey does not run — has pretty much screwed any possible chance for a challenger. It is one thing to put up a sacrificial lamb. It is another to drop off the doggy bag full of half-eaten lamb chops for the party to gnaw on, after you go back to your loft in Greenwich Village.
But awwwwwwwesome photo.
We asked a few politicos their thoughts on Jon Bruning’s campaign raising $400K during the quarter, but spending a whopping $300K.
One was aghast that he was spending that much cash in such a short time.
But three others figured, Why the hell not? It may well be All About the Primary — particularly if Cosmic Bob doesn’t get in — so it probably won’t help Bruning to leave cash on the table. In the mean time he has South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint buying TV left and right for Stenberg, and he has to make a few buys to keep competitive there.
And at the end of the quarter Bruning still has $1.7M in the bank. You could definitely argue he needs to raise more cash, but as of today, he is still in good shape financially.
And how about Grumpy Old Senator Ben taking pot-shots at Governor Dave? Outta no where! Either he feels like there is a good chance that Heineman and maybe Kerrey will still both run, or, as Heineman so eloquently put it:
“Sen. Nelson’s bitter comments reflect the anger and emotion of a man who is being forced from public office…”
And Stenberg and Bruning are going at it in public (via press releases) now.
“Get back to work!”
“No, YOU get back to work!”
At least it gives the Dems something to smile about.