Well, we will forgive you if you missed it. With 900 TV channels, in HD, not to mention the internets, it is amazing that anyone watches this stuff.
But some were excited after the last debate had a bit of a dustup, and thought this one could be even better. (Queue here that fog-horn sound when you lose on the Price Is Right.) Wrong-o!
While the “would you favor stand-your-ground legislation, and could you pull the trigger in self-defense?” question certainly livened things, the rest was dulls-ville.
So when the final part where you got to ask someone else a question came up, we were ready.
So Deb Fischer asked Jon Bruning about the coal donations thing. And Bruning pretty much batted it away like so many gnats.
Then Pat Flynn decided to go after…Deb Fischer! And she handled whatever it was that Flynn said like she was shooing flies from the cattle.
Then Don Stenberg’s turn. And we were ready. And Don started by making some long statement about something or nothing or we really don’t know what. Then he asked Jon Bruning…
“If you lose this Republican primary, will you support the Republican primary winner?”
And Bruning answered, “Of course.”
And that was it! Will you support the non-you nominee! Sheesh!
And then Bruning tossed a softball over to Deb Fischer about the Farm Bill — our thought being that Bruning’s plan is any vote for Deb Fischer is a vote taken from Don Stenberg.
But we got to thinking about Stenberg’s question. Don spent the whole rest of the time talking about Eric Holder, and being a real conservative, and who endorsed him and all the other stuff he has been on the whole campaign. So when he had an opportunity to land a direct shot on Bruning, to set him back on his heels, he pulls the punch.
Why? Well, we look at the question he asked: Will you endorse the GOP nominee, if it’s not you?
And this leads us to believe that Stenberg, or more likely the Club for Growth or Jim DeMint PAC, will drop a one or two-week out nuclear bomb on Bruning. And it will be harsh enough that, if Bruning doesn’t recover, there is no way he would ever give Stenberg his endorsement afterwards. So that way, Stenberg can go forward saying, “look, Bruning went back on his word”.
Look, if this is not a set-up then we have no idea what the Stenberg strategy is otherwise — to essentially give up the debate to Bruning. Stenberg is waaaay behind with a month out. Yet he has outside, non-Nebraska backers pouring millions into his campaign. Does anyone think they won’t go to the Nth degree to put their guy into office?
Hey, we could be wrong. Maybe it is just a rope-a-dope plan of somesuch. (Just to gild the lilly on the boxing analogies.) But if we are looking at this from a thousand feet, it sure looks like Stenberg has something else up his sleeve. And it ain’t a rose.
We put up Don Stenberg’s new ad yesterday.
We had heard it would be a small ad buy, but National Journal’s Hotline reported today that it is only $7,000. This will essentially only put it on cable — likely on FoxNews. Hotline notes that the buy is significantly less that Deb Fischer’s recent ad purchase.
You can make an easy case that Deb needs a bio ad more than Don, but we were a little surprised at this minor buy, after the buildup. As another politico noted, the ad probably cost more than $7K just to produce.
Don is likely saving his ducats for later.
And remember Ben Nelson? The guy who was recently called out by a Supreme Court justice, was essentially driven from office on his ObamaCare vote and will likely always have “Cornhusker Kickback” emblazoned after his name in any account of his career? Yeah that Ben Nelson.
Well, he crawled out of his lame-duck Senate office to say that Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps is a liar and is intentionally trying to stop north Omaha residents from voting.
So just so we are clear, Nelson is calling Phipps a liar, a crook and a racist. There is no other way to parse his asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — he of the Fast and Furious gun running scheme; the guy who just praised Al Sharpton for his efforts for justice — to investigate Phipps for violating Civil Rights laws.
Anyone who knows Phipps — and this includes Nelson — knows that he may have screwed up this whole voting precinct thing, but it was not some plan to keep blacks from voting. And we understand various leaders saying Phipps is wrong, or that his plan sucks, or that he needs to fix it or whatever. But we haven’t heard many say what Nelson is saying: that Phipps is trying to stop people from voting.
Until, of course, Ben Nelson did.
And it is obvious where Nelson is coming from. He is bitter, bitter, bitter that whenever his name comes up — and Scalia’s comments hit it home — the Cornhusker Kickback and bribery come up with it. He is pissed. And you can bet that Mr. Popular, Dave Heineman, gets the brunt of Nelson’s Bitter Beer Face.
So what does Nelson do? He accuses Heineman’s appointee of being and anti-civil rights racist.
You watch. This is going to backfire on Nelson, and potentially badly. No one thinks Phipps did this with an evil intention. And Ben Nelson, siting in Washginton, DC, calling a Nebraskan a racist, and then calling in not just the feds, but some party-hack Democrat from Washington to try to embarrass Republicans does not and will not fly with Nebraskans.
Nelson’s exit from the Nebraska stage has been a little bit sad. Now it is just getting pathetic.
And in case you missed it, last night on CNN’s Anderson Cooper (what, you weren’t watching?), a Democrat talking head accused Mitt Romney’s wife Ann — a cancer survivor who also suffers from MS, AND raised five kids — of never having “worked a day in her life” and not understanding economics because of that.
See it here:
And while she did that, former Clinton guy and big time Democrat spinner Paul Begala sat there and smiled and nodded.
This while Democrats suggest that there is a GOP “war on women”. And this while it comes out that the Obama White House pays women less than men.
And the Obamaites and others are now coming out trying to say they don’t agree with their Dem colleague (who has visited the White House 35 times), but you know had they been sitting in Begala’s spot, they would have done the same thing. Smiled and nodded. Oh, until the firestorm hit, of course.
It is always nice when you hear a Democrat say what they really think.
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