A new video up on YouTube by Don Stenberg today. See it here:
Very, very strange that Don would actually say this:
“Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced that he would not seek re-election.”
“Which means that the winner of the Republican primary will be Nebraska’s next Senator.”
Well, OK, we get it. And we have said as much. And other politicos have said it. And you could maybe get one of your non-campaign supporters to say it.
But that doesn’t mean the CANDIDATE should say it!
If you’re a Dem or especially an Independent, doesn’t that piss you off a little or a lot? Really Don, you’re suggesting that the November election is a foregone conclusion? If you capture the nomination, does that mean you’ll quit campaigning at that point and just head to the drapery and carpet stores for the new office?
Just a little tiny bit ham-fisted, no?
And can Don please get through one donation plea without referencing Jim freaking DeMint? We get it, he endorsed him. But the more he keeps this up, the more and more it looks like Stenberg will simply be on DeMint’s lap should he get in. Has a Nebraskan ever entered a national office with that kind relationship? Owing that much to the Senator from another state?
We are just a little skeeved out by the whole thing.
The “Republican Liberty Caucus – Nebraska” (RLCNE) debate is this Saturday in Kearney. Taking part in the event will be Stenberg, Deb Fischer and Pat Flynn.
At this point Jon Bruning has declined to take part — citing that the primary field is not officially set. We sort of see where he was coming from, strategy-wise, when it may have looked like Dave Heineman might still get in the race.
Now, with Heineman 99.99999% out, that note is a little flat. Bruning is taking the same strategy that Don Stenberg took in 2006 when Stenberg was the “front runner” and refused to debate Pete Ricketts and David Kramer. Which of course now means Stenberg’s complaints to Bruning have little heft.
And ordinarily we would be a little more critical of Bruning’s tactics, Stenberg’s hypocrisy notwithstanding.
But anyone see @RLCNE on Twitter of late? They have sent out a barrage of Tweets and reTweets harshly critical of Bruning’s positions and (old) statements.
In essence, they have become a mouthpiece for the Stenberg camp.
Which is fine and all that, we suppose. They are certainly free to endorse and support whomever they like.
But why in the world would Bruning agree to join a debate by an intra-party group that is openly campaigning against him? How could he expect any fair questions or treatment? And why would a strategic campaign agree to that in a million years?
We wish he would have agreed to it, just for the sport of the whole thing. But the way Ron Paul slanted RLCNE group has acted, we would call campaign malpractice on the Bruning camp if they joined that event.
With that in mind, can we at least agree that Deb Fischer needs to come out guns-blazing and win the debate against Stenberg to establish at least a little traction in this race?
We have no idea what the oppo-research is on Stenberg, but a flat or even-keeled performance by Fischer will do her absolutely no good. (Unless her campaign is looking at a million bucks somewhere that we don’t know about..)
On the all-things-Brad-Ashford front, we have learned that he has gone from “thinking about running for Omaha Mayor” to announcing that he is running in the first week of May.
Apparently he has former Hal Daub supporters Bill Protexter and John Blazek working for him as well. Could be a weird Mayoral election season, huh?