A poll to start your Monday.
Democrat pollster, Public Policy Polling has tweeted some initial results of polling in Nebraska this past weekend.
Compare that to their October 2011 poll that showed:
As PPP so subtly put it:
Has not been a successful rollout.
How could the best campaign manager in the country (BCMITC) allow his guy to drop 17 points? Amazing.
On the GOP front, PPP says that Jon Bruning has a 25% lead in the Primary, “even among Tea Party supporters”. Of course Bruning has been endorsed by one national Tea Party group, so that shouldn’t be all that shocking.
We will update this with more when they post to their website.
We always look forward to The Don Walton’s Monday LJS column, because he is one of the few in the MSM that discusses Nebraska politics in column form — without trying to pretend that he is writing a fact-based news story. And we also enjoy it, because we know that there will be something in there that bugs us.
Case in point, Don points out that the Omaha World Herald wrote editorials 1) criticizing the Douglas County Election commissioner reducing the number of polling places and 2) criticizing the Nebraska GOP’s court challenges to Bob Kerrey’s Senate candidacy. But the funny thing here is that Don was cryptic, just simply pointing out that a (rival) paper was saying this stuff. “Hard not to notice,” he wrote.
So was Don noting the obvious bias that the OWH was showing on these points? Heh. Having read Don for many years, we doubt it. More likely the gist was, “Hey if the OWH is saying this it MUST be a) important and b) worthwhile because he thinks the OWH is a GOP mouthpiece.”
But let us just spell this out for everyone (yes, we are glad to help): For the next eight months, you are only going to see glowing accounts of war hero, plain speaking rational Nebraskan Bob Kerrey. And you will see dismal account of halitosis-addled, wild-eyed puppy-maimer Jon Bruning. If Don Stenberg mentioned, his love of evicting senior citizens might be referenced. And they could possibly throw in a kindly thumbs up for Deb Fischer, followed by an account of Bob Kerrey helping a local farmer bale soybean leaves while deeply discussing the Fed’s monetary policy.
But the OWH does not control the news they way the once did. Kerrey will not get the free ride that he would have in the time of, say, his frat brother being the publisher of the OWH.
Politico spoke to a cranky Ben Nelson the other day, mainly to show that he still bristles like a cornered badger when his term “Cornhusker Kickback” comes up. We always get a kick out him still trying to sell the, “It was just a place holder for the other states! I swear!!“, but knowing that no one will buy it.
And then there is the rage associated with the thought that the phrase was so catchy.
But then, this is the guy who ran and won with the term, “Wall Street Pete,” so we do not have that much sympathy for him.
One of the Goose and Gander situations, yeah?
The two Democrat challengers for the NE02 House seat, Jon Ewing and Gwen Howard, debated each other last week.
As expected, it was a battle of, “No I’M more liberal!”
“I’m a progressive liberal progressive!”
“Yeah, well I would vote for ObamaCare twice!”
“Well, not only would I do that, but I would vote to personally tie a knot in the Keystone XL Pipeline and drive a windmill powered mo-ped to Iran and give them the Sudentenland.”
And on and on.
And you wonder why the Democrats did not want Bob Kerrey to debate Chuck Hassebrook?
Oh, and while we are at it, one of Jeff Fortenberry’s Democrat NE01 opponents just dropped by the wayside. When an extra Democrat shows up for a primary it turns into Baptism Day in the Godfather.
We have heard from a couple different people that Don Stenberg’s pollsters are also in the field now. They are apparently trying out a new anti-Bruning message — though we would note that just because they are doing so, does not make it a “push poll”. Unless of course they try to sell that to the press, without noting the questions asked.
So you may not see the results, if they are just trying to see what idea works for them.
Be on the lookout.
And we will guess that the Nebraska Supreme Court will rule any second that Bob Kerrey can be on the ballot.
Color us shocked.
And congrats to Creighton basketball’s AP All-American Doug McDermott! (Can’t wait for next year!)