Don Stenberg has a new ad up. See it here:
This is a very good spot, just Don talking to the camera. It has pretty much been him and Bruning talking to the camera, stating who is more conservative and throwing out a few points. This is a good piece by Stenberg, and is a good way to close out the media campaign.
If we had to criticize? Put the hands down at the end, and who the heck was that announcer giving the “paid for by”?
As we noted the other day, we think Deb Fischer could benefit from an ad like this, but she may not have the time or money to do it.
Some thoughts on Fischer’s Sarah Palin endorsement: Palin has liked to go counter-culture in her candidate support, so it made sense that she would go with Fischer or Stenberg over Bruning. It also shows that Fischer has some momentum going into Tuesday. But being able to brag about this earlier may have helped her.
Palin endorsed Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and Stenberg and others are pointing to Mourdock’s win over Richard Lugar as a Tea Party strength sign. But the parallels between Indiana and Nebraska are thin. Lugar is 80 years old, and has been in the Senate since 1976. Stenberg is 21 years older than Bruning, and they have had roughly equal time in public office. And Bruning has Tea Party endorsements like Stenberg does.
The effort to get rid of Lugar was as much the toss-the-old-guy-who-has-lost-his-way as anything else. The only similarities are that the DeMint and Club for Growth types supported Mourdock and are supporting Stenberg. But would anyone have been surprised or raised a stink if they had supported Bruning?
And then in the Washington Post today, a CFG person, seeing that Stenberg could possibly come in third now, says their campaign was “anti-Bruning” and that Fischer could beat Bruning now. So really, CFG and SCF’s goal is to have the NRSC and Mitch McConnell lose. And if Bruning is carried up in all that, well and good. But other than not being beholden to CFG or Jim DeMint, does any Nebraskan really see Bruning voting ANY different in the Senate than how they would? Stenberg wants you to think so, but the polls would indicate he hasn’t accomplished that.
The differences between the Senate candidates right now are personality driven. People have their reasons for why they want one candidate to win over the other. But from everything we have seen, it has almost nothing to do with who is more or less conservative or Republican.
(And at some point after the primary, we will discuss Lugar’s post-election manifesto.)
In our last-minute, “Better Know a Candidate” edition, meet Mike Hilgers, a Republican running for the Legislature in District 21 (NW Lincoln, including Malcolm and Raymond). He is a lawyer with a degree from University of Chicago (where he had a “senior lecturer” named Barack Obama) , and lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughter. He is a member of the Lincoln Rotary Club, the Lincoln Independent Business Association, and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
He has been endorsed by…
Governor Dave Heineman
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation as a “Friend of Agriculture”
Lincoln Independent Business Association
Nebraska Right to Life
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce
Oh, and he is running against liberal Democrat Ken Haar, who hates conservatism and, reportedly, puppies.
There will likely be more to talk about this race come November, but we thought we would give a shout-out to Mike now.
If anyone gets a photo of Mitt Romney drinking out of a Leavenworth Street mug today, they will get a FREE follow from us on the Twitter (or something).
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