The Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign released a poll done by Public Opinion Strategies showing her up by 25 points over Bob Kerrey.
The survey of 500 likely voters on June 17th and 18th asked the following question:
If the election for United States Sentate were being held today, for whom would you vote between Deb Fischer and Bob Kerrey?
That is with a margin of error of 4.3%.
And think about the number we saw throughout the GOP Senate primary, with Undecideds in the double digits even up until the final weekend.
So even if you give Kerrey the margin of error AND ALL the Undecideds, Fischer is still up by 10 points.
(Oh, and nice response by the Kerrey camp: “Nuh uh! No way!” What are they paying you again?)
And we will tell you that you will 1) hear Bob Kerrey moving further and further to the right on just about every issue; 2) hear Kerrey deny that he was ever in the Senate, much less a Democrat or that he ever voted on anything and; 3) see and hear Kerrey’s attacks on Fischer get more and more vicious.
Kerrey and his henchman Paul Johnson and their compadre Ben Nelson ain’t goin’ down without a crazy fight.
And they clearly don’t care what history will say about them.
(Oh, and they’ll still have plenty of cash to do it.)
On that note, the Nebraska Democrat party is opening an office in Valentine — and plastering the windows with Kerrey signs.
(You know, the ones that have that very 80′s/90′s retro-60′s “Love American Style” feel to the logo?)
Ooh they’re so radical! Right in Deb Fischer’s back yard!
And Fischer manager Aaron Trost already hit it, but let us repeat that the Fischer campaign could do the same to Kerrey, but the rent is too high in the West Village, and Kerrey has pretty much wrapped up the liberal New York City vote in this race. No reason to really bother. They can give Manhatten to Kerrey.
Nonetheless the Fischer camp needs to get a photo of Gunther holding up a “Fischer for Senate” sign in front of “Central Perk”.
(What? Gunther is too real!)
And speaking of north central Nebraska, Jane Kleeb and her pals were at it on the “We Hate Tar Sands Oil no matter how it is transported across America” front.
See, if you were under the impression that Jane is for holding up the Keystone XL Pipeline and all the associated oil and jobs because of the majestic Sandhills and the God-fearing landowners, well then you Sir, are a sucker.
Here, let Jane square it away for ya:
“The tar sands industry is linked to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, a liberal advocacy group opposed to the pipeline. “In an honest assessment they’d realize that actually, no, this is not good for the environment.”
Because Jane is all about being “honest”, see.
And to be honest, Jane hates oil, loves Leftist liberal causes, and enjoys using Nebraskans as her tools to perform.
But hey, maybe there’s hope for Jane!
As a reader related to us, there’s this dude from Great Britain who came up with the “Gaia Hypothesis” holistic Earth environmental theory– who just got his heating bill.
Seems that James Lovelock is outraged at what it costs, and realizes there are many affordable ways to supply energy in this world, and is in favor of trying them all! So, he has come out in favor of fracking for natural gas and in favor of a number of other energy supplies.
But how about windmills?
Nah. “Ugly and useless” is how he describes them.
Or to put it another way: “Oil drills work better than windmills.”
We have not gotten deep into the issue of the Ron Paulistas attempt to take over the Nebraska Republican Party and all of the associated battles going on. But we have our thoughts.
We saw this before, back in the 90s when certain groups decided to super-organize and try to take over the various local political institutions. They had a varying level of success and some are still around today. Many more became disinterested and those who had been volunteering their time for years on end came back and put their shoulders into electing Republicans.
So, as we mentioned, it is interesting to see the Paul supporters doing their best to flex their muscles at the conventions. Though it is certainly curious to see those in charge already making certain statements and strides.
For instance, we saw this email from the the Douglas County Republican Party:
Dear Friends of The Douglas County Republican Party,
Saturday, June 9th was a big day for the Douglas County Republican Party. We had the 2012 DCRP County Convention at the College of Saint Mary in the morning and a DCRP Reception/Fundraiser with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at Hilton Omaha in the evening.
In the upcoming November election, Douglas County will play a big part in selecting the leadership and determining the direction of our country. It’s our job to deliver the Electoral Vote from the 2nd District for President, help elect Deb Fischer to the U.S. Senate and re-elect Lee Terry to Congress. In addition, we need to elect conservative Republican leaders to our State, County and local offices.
If the energy and enthusiasm displayed from our long time GOP members, tea party activists, Ron Paul supporters and all who attended on Saturday is a sign, I am excited with the opportunity we have to get the job done!
For the County Convention, we would like to thank the many folks who had a big part in making things happen. Thank you to Jeff Rue, David Harper, Nancy McCabe and Patrick Bonnett for the long hours and late nights preparing for the convention. Thank you to Brian Buescher and the Convention Committee for your work on the agenda, the credentials, the rules, the platform, the resolutions and more.
Thank you to our speakers, Governor Dave Heineman, Congressman Lee Terry, Chairman Mark Fahleson, and National Committeeman Pete Ricketts for adding to the energy and enthusiasm at our convention. And thanks to Senator Mike Johanns and Senate Candidate Deb Fischer for your encouraging words delivered via audio message.
We would also like to give a special thanks to Katie Fletcher, Amy Sauser and the staff at the College of Saint Mary for all they did to make it work.
And last, we would like to thank the nearly 300 delegates and guests that took the time to join us and participate in the process. Your drive and determination gives me confidence that we can work together to “Take Back Our County” and “Take Back Our Country” in November!
Nice tip of the cap to the Ronpaul supporters there, eh?
But let’s see, where does it discuss the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee?
Nope. No mention of a guy named “Mitt Romney”.
You know, the guy who most Republicans hope will defeat Barack Obama in the fall? Yeah, that guy. Maybe it would be nice to mention him in the next communique to the GOP faithful.
Just a thought.
But one local politico put it to us this way:
(The leanings of the Douglas County Republican Party Chair) basically ensures that the state party and national party just blow him off and work around him and DCRP this summer and fall. There is likely to be a coordinated effort for Romney, Fischer and Terry and the DCRP Chair’s knowledge of it will basically come from what he reads in the paper. Meanwhile, the “Activity Center” that the DCRP Chair has set up with a few phones will crawl along with little activity. Volunteers will go directly to the specific campaigns or the victory office (Romney Fisher, Terry) if one is setup up–as I hear it will soon be. DCRP as an entity will be meaningless in the 2012 cycle.
Well, that is fairly harsh. But few would deny what is going on.
There are certain groups at the county party level who have made it known, in none-too-subtle ways, that they aren’t supportive of many current GOP office holders. So instead of doing their job to elect Republicans, they have chosen instead to push their own agendas and candidates.
It is certainly curious. We will say that.
And on that note, we leave off with the Curious Case of Chip Maxwell.
Chip is a former State Senator, Douglas County Board member, and has a radio show as well. We like Chip. He is an intelligent guy and wants to do his best for the community.
But, Chip has taken a few odd steps of late. For one, he has announced that he is currently on a speculative bid as a write-in candidate for the 2nd District Congressional seat. Yup, Chip wants to run for Congress this year.
But that may not be news to some of his supporters. Chip’s plan is to raise some money and then take a poll around September to gauge whether or not he is a viable candidate. If he doesn’t get sufficient support, he says, he will pass up 2012…and maybe set his sights on 2014.
And that is fine, if that is his perogative. Anyone can run. But we are always skeptical of those Republicans who don’t feel that Lee Terry is Republican enough. Or that he is not pushing around the GOP leadership enough to balance the budget and fix all the entitlement programs. Because we all know how simple that is for a Freshman Congressman, if they just scream loud enough.
Terry is effective and smart, and since he has been patient to move up in the seniority ranks of the House, has begun to see the fruits of his efforts grow in pushing the things he sees are important for Nebraska and the country. No, he has not been a bomb thrower. Good luck with that.
So when we read Chip’s manifesto — yes an 84 page, 20,000 word manifesto — particularly groaning about Terry, we were dismayed. We doubt very many Democrats think Lee Terry is not conservative enough, but that is the gist of Chip’s document.
So what of the politics of Maxwell’s write-in strategy? We asked another local GOPer — who is not a fan of Maxwell’s candidacy, so adjust your opinons accordingly– what he/she thought, and got this:
Chip wants and craves attention. He can’t stand the fact that he is outside of elected office and that he isn’t in the news or that people don’t cultivate him anymore. He wanted to run this year but didn’t have the you-know-what to take Terry on directly in the primary. So, he ultimately told people he was way too busy on other projects (such as church fundraising).
Sure. I suspect his new endeavor will end in a similar manner–he’ll tell people he is running and will go to Tea Party rallies to speak, etc. throughout the summer. Then after Labor Day he’ll announce that even though he has a poll that shows him running neck and neck with Terry, it is too much of a risk that the seat would simply go to Ewing and, therefore, he will not run for the good of the party. Bravo, Chip!
He’ll try and use this as leverage to get commitments from people that they will support him in 2014–but the silence will be deafening and we won’t hear much from Chip until mid-2013 when he starts this whole process over again for Congress or another office, any office, that he thinks he could win. The bottom line is Chip won’t take this write-in campaign to November because he knows it would destroy his future in the Republican party.
Well, ouch. But again, there is an old saying that if you want to take out the king, you better get him on the first swing. Because he won’t be sitting there for you to take another free shot.
This is Maxwell’s free shot. And we just wonder if it was the best for him to take.
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