Lots happening and talking over the weekend, with 7 more days to campaign until the primary…
First, a new ad from Deb Fischer. See it here:
This is a good spot, frankly better than her first intro piece. But many people still don’t know who Deb Fischer is, and we feel like she needs a “talking to the camera” spot for a full-on introduction. Let’s face it, no one watched the debates, and in any interviews she is talking to a reporter. She needs a one-on-one with the voter, something like she did here (but better production value). The voters need that connection.
Jon Bruning was out and about on the campaign trail…running marathons? OK, it was a half-marathon (and we don’t know how far he actually ran) but he was out there with his son and dad at the height of the primary campaign.
When you get right down to it, that can be as many eyes as a parade, so maybe not a bad idea. (But OK, we will take our shot…was that marathon in 3D???)
Also, Brad Dickson who writes daily one-liners for the OWH, had an interview with Bruning. We assume this was written, as these were some pretty good zingers from Bruning:
Q: In 25,000 words or less, what’s wrong with the current U.S. Congress?
A: Is the health care law less than 25,000 words?
Q: You recently bumped into Bob Kerrey in Washington, D.C. How awkward was it?
A: Very. Normally, I run into him in New York.
Q: Why should someone reading this vote for Jon Bruning?
A: I’m not sure why anyone would be reading this.
He’ll be here all week ladies and gents! Try the prime rib, and please tip your waitress!
Ah, and then there was Don Walton’s comical interview with Bob Kerrey in the LJS. In it, Kerrey laments the state of Congress (unlike the last 200 years when everyone sang the praises of Congress), and then suggests…that Congress be non-partisan!
Gee, you know! Just like the Unicameral! Because see, no one knows what party each of the State Senators in Nebraska are in! Why, they don’t vote along party lines at all there!
Hmm, and let’s see. Who else would benefit if Nebraskans didn’t look at party affiliations? Hmm. Could it be…Bob Kerrey! Golly, if no one knew that he was a Democrat…and voted like a Democrat…and all of his friends and colleagues are Democrats…and all of his money come from liberal Democrats…and he supports his fellow Democrats with his votes…well then they might vote for him!
What an awesome idea!
And just to prove how awesome Bob thinks Nebraskans are, Bob tells Don how great he thinks Young Nebraskans are! Oh, man they are just so good, and so UNpartisan! As a matter of fact, here is a nice shot of Kerrey with some of those young unpartisan Nebraskans over the weekend:
Oh, wait. That’s Kerrey with a group of Young Democrats.
Uh, well, forget it then.
(Oh, and another hoot from that interview: You know ObamaCare? Yeah, the thing that Bob Kerrey supports, but thinks doesn’t go far enough? Well, Kerrey now says the Prez should have waited to put it through. Riiiiight. Kerrey has been all over the freaking board here, but we have plenty more time to discuss.)
Jumping over to the District 2 House race, the Omaha World-Herald endorsed Lee Terry in the GOP race, saying Terry…
“has developed expertise on telecommunications, energy policy and cyber-security. He has worked across the partisan aisle with Democratic lawmakers on energy-policy bills.”
Terry also received the sole endorsement of Nebraska Right to Life and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation.
The OWH also endorsed John Ewing for the Dems, and though we have heard next to nothing about that race, Don Walton says his Democrat friends say it could go either way, Ewing or Gwen Howard. And Don knows from Democrats.
And the Republican Liberty Caucus, who are very big on all things Ron Paul, have endorsed Pat Flynn in the Senate race and Brett Lindstrom in the NE02 race.
We are burying this one because it is sort of a bummer, but as the old sort-of-saying goes, what if you hold a campaign rally and no one shows? Well, Don Stenberg ran into that in Grand Island over the weekend (and it has been picked up by both The Hill and the National Journal). These things happen in campaigns, unfortunately. If you do not have a very strong ground game, and make sure your supporters show to an event, this happens. If you think people will just show up on a weekend, you are sadly mistaken.
So Stenberg took his gun show on the road to Norfolk. And this time 6 people showed.
Nice article by Robynn Tysver of the OWH, entitled, “Nobody’s out of GOP Senate race yet”. Apparently she did not consult Dave Kotok before she wrote her headline…
Lots will be happening this week, so be sure to check back often!