No, GOPers and national observers, both sides are very much in the trenches and figuring out how to capture the flag of the majority of convention delegates. It is pretty clear that the Ron Paulies are not going to give up Nebraska without a fight, and vice-versa with the Mitt-ites.
The word we have is that (in Dan Rather parlance) things are tighter than a pair of yoga pants on Chris Christie.
Oh, and have a fun time Friday night at the Butler, Kramer, Buescher, Starman and Simmons suites in G.I.! We’re not saying that the best hors d’oeuvres and happy hour items would influence our vote (you know, if we had one). But we’re not not saying that either…
In the mean time, Nebraska Republicans are united in one feeling: Bob Kerrey is making everyone dumber.
What, Bob Kerrey? Why he is a combination of Steven Hawking and Frasier Crane! — we are told by every liberal media maven who has tilted a glass in the West Village.
But here is Kerrey’s line when reporters ask about him living in NYC for 12 years, then flying into Eppley Airfield to run for Senate one afternoon:
“That allegation is playing with fire,” Mr. Kerrey told the Omaha World-Herald. “I see tremendous young talent everywhere in Nebraska. Do we not want our kids who leave for an opportunity elsewhere to come back to the state?”
Yes Cosmic Bob. That is the EXACT same thing. Awesome analogy. See here’s the thing, Mr. The New School President: Nebraskans love it when former residents move back to the state. What they AREN’T into is when former residents pretend to move back to the state to immediately run for office, as if they’ve lived in Nebraska all along.
Ooh! Ooh! Our hands are burning with that crazy “carpetbagger” idea! Ouch!!!
And then there is the dingbat Kerrey camp who, after Deb Fischer mentions that people can go to her website to find out more about her positions, claims that “Deb Fischer doesn’t want to debate because people can just go to her website!”
Yeah, except that Deb Fischer IS debating Kerrey AT THE STATE FAIR!!!
AND she has proposed debating him at least two more times! (Which is two more times than Kerrey offered to his opponents in his first two Senate races — which is 10,000% relevant.)
Really KHAS and KMTV? Is that concept really so hard for you to get your little minds around? Or do you just slurp up whatever the Kerrey camp feeds you and put it on the air, because you are in such a rush to put something up between news of the blood stain on the street and the water skiing possum?
Tell you what: Next time, just have your talking hair beam at the cameras and say, “We really don’t know WHAT’s going on in politics, so here is a video of a monkey playing chess…against himself!”
Again, we’ll all be less dumb for the effort.
On the FEC front, Deb Fischer announced her numbers, and she hauled in nearly $1.3M for the quarter and has $1.1M Cash on Hand. It is obvious that she will be able to run a sustained media campaign for the full cycle.
And we of course noted this back in the beginning of the primary — though it was a tougher road back then, if she won the nom, post-primary supporters would coalesce around her campaign. As they have.
And 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry announced his numbers this morning. For the second quarter he raised over $400K, has raised over $1.2M for the campaign and currently has nearly half a million COH.
Terry is currently on course to break his 2010 fundraising of $1.93M, when he demolished state Senator Tom White by 21 points. The Terry camp notes that they have invested significant sums in new technology and field resources and have already begun purchasing TV time in the fall. They invested heavily before the primary and won a smashing 60 percent of the vote in a five-candidate Republican primary in May. (You may recall that Terry defeated his nearest opponent by 37 points.)
We don’t see Terry letting up this fall.
Hopefully there will be a few stories to tell after the Grand Old Party takes Grand Island this weekend.
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