That old Barenaked Ladies song is stuck up in the cranium: One Week.
Andrew Breitbart was famous for knowing how to wring every drop he could out of a story. When he felt he had the goods on someone, he would not just throw all of his info on the table. He would let it come out piece by piece. And let the story thrive on its own until he’d come with the hammer.
The Omaha World-Herald is trying to take a page from Breitbart’s book. (And Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation is a great book, by the way, which you can pick up here.)
You will remember that months back the OWH came out with the story on Bruning and Nelnet — coming up with rumors and innuendo. There was some other stuff in the mean time, then they did their big investigative story — coming up with zilch. Followed up that story with another that amounted to nothing.
Then they followed up, one week out from the election, with a non-story about how they couldn’t find anyone else who invested like Bruning. And today, 7 days from Primary Election Day, they have ANOTHER story about a Bruning investment…from five years ago, where a Bruning investment partner, with no input or involvement from Bruning, invested in something Bruning has been vocally against.
So let us get this straight. Bruning is against something — cap and trade in this instance. But when a blind investment of his goes forward with it, he is … what? Guilty of having partners who see a legal business opportunity? Heck this is so random even the Stenberg camp did not have a response to it.
So the difference between the OWH and Andrew Brietbart was that when Breitbart had the goods on Anthony Weiner, he pulled out the photos in the end. Right now the OWH is content to just keep the faucet dripping, but in the end you get a tablespoon full of ink.
We noted yesterday the dueling GOP Senate polls out and about. The first we mentioned was from the Fischer camp, which showed Fischer leading Stenberg and close to Bruning, but with lots of undecideds.
The arguments against the veracity of that poll was who commissioned it, and there seems to be an argument about whether there was an oversampling of one area.
The second was by an outfit called We Ask America, who polled three times as many as Fischer’s Singularis. However that poll did NOT give an “undecided” option, and Bruning seemed to take the majority of those, if you based it off of Fischer’s poll — Bruning jumping from 29% to 42%, but Fischer and Stenberg staying more or less the same.
The knock against the WAA poll is that it is automated, and did not give a breakdown of its sample (though neither did Fischer’s). We haven’t heard any other thoughts on not giving the “undecided” option — but when you get right down to it, we sort of wonder why that option is ever given. It’s not as if that option is given on the ballot.
Wouldn’t it be more helpful to the public to see how the numbers are moving from candidate to candidate without the “undecided” option? At least that should be the case for non-campaign commissioned surveys yeah? Or maybe that just puts into question the whole issue of the survey, and WHO it is supposed to help.
Anyway, let us agree that there is movement going on in the Senate campaign, and now we can see what the camps plan to do.
And The Hill reports on how the campaigns are spending their cash in this final week. They found that the campaigns had a breakdown as follows for reserved media time — TV and radio — as follows:
Jon Bruning: $300,000
Deb Fischer: $27,000
Don Stenberg: $13,000
However, on that last point, the Stenberg camp says that is inaccurate and the number is actually $130,000. And that does NOT include any spending by the Senate Conservative Fund or the Club for Growth.
(And we will put up any ads as quickly as we get them!)
Team Stenberg released another endorsement yesterday, this time by the other Tea Partier in the Senate, Kentucky’s Rand Paul (son of Texas Congressman Ronpaul). Paul joins South Carolina’s Jim DeMint and Utah’s Mike Lee in endorsing the Stenberg campaign.
More as it comes in. Check back!
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**UPDATE at 1:40pm**
Jon Bruning has a new newer ad up. See it here:
And here is the text:
Announcer: “Jon Bruning is the true conservative. “
“Seventy-nine sheriffs and police chiefs endorse Bruning for his tough-on-crime record.”
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Jon, praising his leadership reining in job-killing regulations and taxes.”
“The NRA gives Bruning an “A” rating.”
“He’s endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life.”
“And Bruning is leading the fight to overturn Obamacare.”
“No wonder the Tea Party Express endorses Bruning as the fiscally responsible, true conservative.”
Jon Bruning: “I’m Jon Bruning and I approved this message.”
Liked the simple graphics on the second 15 seconds of the ad better than the first, which were a bit busy. Otherwise, that’s a positive sell that doesn’t miss many conservative points.