As Bob Kerrey watches-on, pool side, the GOP game of Marco Polo will whip up at tonight’s GOP Senate debate. Now we could be wrong (yeah, really), but our guess is that Don Stenberg has to make his move sometime very soon. Tonight’s televised debate would seem to be the prime opportunity to make a bolder move on Jon Bruning.
Now our thoughts still is that if Stenberg really wants to get nasty, he will have a third party — the Senate Conservative Fund and Club for Growth would seem to be standing by — do any dirty deeds. But we still figure that if Stenberg wants to make that final leap, something has to crack. And as much as the Stenberg and Fischer camps want to believe in the mysterious poll whispered to Deena Winter, logic tells us that if it were an real believable poll, you would see it somewhere other than on a small-ish blog. Anonymously.
So what do we expect out of Don? No idea at this point. But we do know that when given the chance to fire a non-question, question attack at Bruning at one of the last debates, he instead gave him a strange, “Will you endorse me if I get the nom?” Which only led us to believe that Stenberg plans to hit him so hard, that he expects Bruning to re-neg on said endorsement promise, which Don can then point to. We just don’t know what else to conclude from all that. We are open to your suggestions.
In the mean time, we saw an interesting story in the National Journal talking about the various Tea Party type candidates around the country. It referenced Stenberg as a Tea Partier and Bruning as a Tea Party endorsed candidate as well.
But one interesting closing line:
“…a Stenberg upset would be welcome news for Democratic nominee-in-waiting Bob Kerrey.”
Interesting. Though we are not sure how well National Journal knows the state.
Kerrey may very well rather face Stenberg than Bruning. Though we are aware that many Democrats are convinced they have the goods on Bruning. And they figure they can beat Stenberg, because, well, Don Stenberg. And we aren’t sure what they think of Deb Fischer, unless they figure she is sort of a rancher Jan Stoney.
So we are not sure Kerrey is really worried about any of them. What he IS worried about is the fact that when polled, voters pick ALL of them, over him.
Funny how that is, here in 2012.
And then there is poor Pa
yt Flynn. Flynn, who has been running for Senate since around 2004 as near as we can tell did NOT get invited to the OWH’s debate tonight.
Kind of a slap in the face, yeah? We are not really sure where they get off doing that, except that it is their party and can invite whomever they want.
Yet sneeze the OWH did all over Flynn’s lapels and wiped their ooze covered paws on his jackets sleeves. And then David Kotok figuratively got on his hands and knees behind Flynn as Terry Kroeger symbolically gave him a shove, sending Flynn non-literally into the swings nearby.
It was an ugly scene.
And retort Pat Flynn did! Taking to the internets and referring to himself in the third person! See it here:
And by the way, we LIKE the guy standing against the white background. Very modern, and very clear. Lighting could have been better, but still, a nice presentation.
And hey, Flynn has a point, no? He has run a real campaign, run TV ads, raised money. That the OWH has chosen to keep him out of the debate shows that they are as politically calculating as anyone else. We would love to hear their official explanation for rejecting Flynn, and hearing exactly what polls they are basing that on — because it has to be based on poll numbers, yeah?
We would love to hear some sort of explanation from the OWH, or at least some self-criticism.
But our guess is they will claim they answer to no one. Least of all, Pat Flynn. (Or YOU, for that matter.)
Here is the response the OWH’s Dave Kotok is sending to the Flynn peeps:
In making invitations for tonight’s debate, The World-Herald used the same criteria we have used in the past, including for debates we co-sponsored with KETV. The decision was not aimed at Mr. Flynn, his ideas or his supporters. Six people are on the ballot for the Republican nomination for Senate. But only three of them are actually competing for the GOP nomination. We invited Jon Bruning, Don Stenberg and Deb Fischer based on their showing in polls, money raised, campaign advertising and organization, prominent public offices held, significant endorsements by prominent Republicans and other demonstrations of support. We believe tonight’s 60 minute debate will help Republican primary voters select their strongest candidate.
In other words, he would not have invited Ron Paul to the GOP Presidential debates. (Discuss.)
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