Deb Fischer won the straw poll at last night’s Sarpy County GOP women’s forum. Out of about 125 votes, she received 58, Jon Bruning 32, Don Stenberg 22 and Pat Flynn 13 (!..?). This is always a nice thing to trot out, but we’ll leave it at that. (And who are these 13 Flynnians?)
But we were also interested to see a Tweet from the Stenberg people — well Don said that Dan Parsons handles his Tweets, so we will just say it was from Dan. Anyway, he linked to an OWH story about the new Club for Growth ads attacking Bruning — where the OWH’s Robynn Tysver wrote, “Bruning is the race’s undisputed front-runner“. But at the end of the Tweet, Dan added the hashtag: #NoLongerFrontRunner.
After querying this, we received a response back from the Stenberg camp that this is what the polls show.
After a half day of ads, huh? And the Creepygate issue that really broke both ways for the candidates?
Well, we look forward to the published poll results.
And we also look forward to Stenberg’s new ad to be put out around 2pm today.
The gang over at the Objective Conservative had a post yesterday about Bob Kerrey doing a K Street lobbyists’ fundraiser in Washington, DC next week. Basically it dovetails with today’s OWH story about Kerrey joining up with the Democrats to raise money for his campaign — getting himself lots of national money, since Nebraska money is likely to be scant for him.
And these “where did the money come from?” issues are always interesting, but unless it is something scandalous, it is rarely worth bringing up.
Well, one of Kerrey’s other DC fundraisers next week just happens to have that scandal element!
One of the hosts for his funder next Wednesday with ultra liberal Senator Tom Harkin is a guy named, Mike Smith. You may not know Smith’s name, but you’re probably heard of his old boss, Jack Abramoff. Abramoff was sentenced to six years in federal prison for for mail fraud, conspiracy to bribe public officials, and tax evasion. Smith, was part of “Team Abramoff“, his dream-team of lobbyists. Smith reportedly received an “improper side payment” of $20K at one point in the scandal.
But hey, Kerrey is no stranger to scandals — once promoting a felon on his school’s trustee board (no we didn’t forget about that one). And we expect Kerrey and his peeps to be throwing plenty of mud come the fall. Just know that Kerrey is like a pig in slop when it comes to the Washington mutual-back-scratching life.
As the Santorum for Prez campaign shuts down, just a few things we would note.
One, too bad Nebraska, once again, will not be involved in the nominating process. As Mark Fahleson moves forward with his planned gig as GOP National Committeeman, hopefully he can work on putting together some semblance of a primary system that does not look like it was conceived in a back card room of an Uzbekistan petrol station. Does anyone think that this is how Madison, Jefferson and Washington imagined the Republic should choose its leader? Via a smattering of Iowans who could find babysitters? By New Hampshirites who get to pick first…because they get to pick first? What the hell?
Two, we saw that the Gawker website proudly announced that they have a mole at FoxNews, who so far has given them a feed of Mitt Romney chatting with Sean Hannity. In it, Romney (gasp!) talks about the horses that he owns. This is supposed to be horrifying evidence that horse-owner Romney doesn’t understand the common man like habitual golfer Barack Obama does.
The funny thing is, watch the video. We think Romney comes off as pretty likable through the scant two minutes. He is polite to the people bringing him water and stuff. He jokes around about not wanting to wear new ties. He is relaxed. THIS is the best the subversive Dems have on Romney? While their candidate goes to silver plated funders with pizza barons and George Clooney?
Anyhwo, on that note if you are a bit of a junkie, and like those post campaign synopses like we do, you may enjoy a short e-book by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas. Inside the Circus gives an embed’s view of the GOP primary so far, with interviews of the staff, candidates etc.
While this is pretty much a Newsweek project, we found it to be a relatively even-handed summary of the last nine months or so. It kind of put everything in perspective as Romney wraps up the primary and we enter into a much different campaign mode of Republican against Democrat, as opposed to Republican against Republican. (It’s $3, and is kind of like a very long magazine article. We have read worse.)
As we have said, we will continue to update as things happen. And you can come back later to catch the Stenberg ad around 2pm.
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