Can a campaign lose by a thousand cuts?
Deb Fischer is seeing if that can happen (to the Jon Bruning campaign) in the LAST week of the GOP Senate race in Nebraska.
First an endorsement by Sarah Palin.
And now, 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry steps up and spends some political capital, as well as some of his own campaign cash to cut an endorsement spot for Deb Fischer. See it here:
Note that “paid for…” disclaimer at the end, that Fort is paying for the ad. Web only? We’ll see.
But the fact that Fortenberry stepped up to endorse Fischer, with the possibility of pissing off a future colleague, (should Bruning win it all) says something about this race. First of, we would say it says he thinks she can win. If he didn’t, why take the risk? And second…well, you can fill in second however you want.
At this point Fischer has almost no cash. She will need to win it by earned media (the press) and the internets. And, we suppose, plain old volunteers. But even at this late date, those are hard to organize.
She will have a LOT of hurdles that Bruning has put up to overcome. If she pulls it out, it would go down in the books.