Public Policy Poling came out with their final results from last weekend’s polling in Nebraska.
They found that:
- Dave Heineman gets the highest approval rating of any Governor in the country (60%).
- Mike Johanns has one of the highest approval ratings of any Senator (55%).
- Tom Osborne is the most popular person in Nebraska (79%).
- Warren Buffett is the most popular person at Gorat’s (though has a lower statewide approval, 63%, than Osborne).
- Bo Pelini is stil popular (58%), but not as popular as he once was (70%).
The kicker was Ben Nelson’s numbers. PPP notes that once pols announce their retirement, their poll numbers tend to go up — maybe for nostalgia’s or pity’s sake.
But not Nelson’s.
Nelson’s numbers make him one of the LEAST POPULAR Senators in the country.
PPP found Nelson’s approval rating to be just 36%, with 53% disapproving. They state that that 17 point spread is the worst they have found for any Senator in the last two years.
Hmm. Wonder what the cause of that could be?
Maybe it is the Cornhusker Kickback!
And Nelson is still kicking away after Untied States Supreme Court Justice Nino Scalia took a shot at him from the bench during oral arguments on ObamaCare this week.
Scalia referred to the “venality” of the Cornhusker Kickback — essentially bribery of a public official. Of course Scalia was referencing it humorously to make a point about the court’s inability to decide what parts of the law should stay intact if another part is chopped out. (In other words, the court should not rewrite the law, by deciding what should last if the individual mandate is found unconstitutional. Congress should have to go back to the drawing board and fix it themselves, if they want to.)
Scalia also called it “cruel and unusual punishment” to expect the Justices to read the entire 2,500 page law. He pointed out that he would more than likely have a staffer plow through it if need be. But we would also wager a guess that Scalia will argue that if they knock it down because of the individual mandate, the rest doesn’t matter.
But Nelson would have none of it. And he could not return a joke with a joke. Or make a counterpoint at least with a smile. Nope, he shot back, “It seems fitting that Justice Scalia’s attempt at humor instead displayed his ignorance of the law.”
Now you can call Scalia whatever you want — but ignorant, he ain’t. And it is sort of cute that Nelson doesn’t understand the point Scalia was making about severability, and looks at it only down his political nose.
Besides, maybe Scalia is just saying that we have to reject ObamaCare to really find out what is in it.
We sort of blew off the Lincoln Journal Star’s editorial the other day, criticizing the NEGOP for their court challenge against Bob Kerrey’s candidacy. Our feeling on it was that it was written as a take-home assignment for the new junior staffer. But we didn’t feel like making the effort to write that up here.
Well, we got a chuckle when Nebraska Republican Party Chair Mark Fahleson wrote an Op-Ed in the LJS hammering the editorial, entitled “Error-riddled regurgitation by an intern” (snort).
(Y)our editorial blindly dismisses Kerrey’s residency problems by claiming that Chuck Hagel and Tom Osborne also had residency problems. Tom Osborne? Really? No one disputes that Osborne and his wife have lived their entire adult lives in Nebraska and owned homes in Lincoln and near Ogallala. Former Sen. Chuck Hagel and his family lived in Nebraska at least four years before he filed to run for the U.S Senate. Your simple regurgitation of Democratic talking points about Kerrey’s residency problems does a disservice to Osborne, Hagel and the entire political process.
Nice work there, Mr. Chairman. This will continue to be campaign year to talk about.
Oh, and one final note on that PPP poll:
60% of Nebraskans favor building the Keystone XL Pipeline. And that’s a majority of Republicans, Independents AND Democrats.
Have yourselves a weekend!