(What do you think of Festersen’s chances of taking that nomination? We’ve been told constantly about how fragile Lee Terry’s hold is on that seat, so there MUST be more Democrats coming out of the woodwork to vie for that coveted Dem spot, yeah?)
But back to Festersen.
10:30 on a Saturday night for the big announcement, huh?
And this, of course, just a few weeks after he had given a definitive “No can do!” to a proposed run. He could do better on the City Council! His kids are too young!
So what changed his mind?
Well, let us look at his clearly well thought out and incisive announcement press release:…all three sentences of it.
“There’s widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and its inability to address our nation’s challenges.
Change is needed and we need people in Washington who can work together to get things done.
That’s been my track record in business and in public service and will be my approach to cutting spending, growing our economy, and protecting seniors.”
Yeah. That’s it.
So let us go back on ALL of that.
“There’s widespread dissatisfaction with Congress.” Yeah? Is that right? Because we remember just a few weeks…no months…no years…no decades…no centuries, when the citizens of the United States were just in L-U-V with Congress.
Why here’s a great political cartoon from 1856 which gives a fine representation of what the local paper thought of some Congressmen:
By golly, maybe that Pete Festersen is ON to something!
So Festersen tells us that “Change!” is needed.
Well then. Must have been some long thought-out brain-storming in the e-smoke filled room to come up with THAT theme.
He tells us that he has a TRACK record for getting “Change” and yadda yadda yadda.
So…Festersen is frustrated by the stalemate Washington yeah?
And he had the #2 man in the WHOLE administration on the line, BEGGING him to run, yeah?
So apparently we MISSED what it was then that Festersen said to Joe Biden to convince him to negotiate with Congress to end the stalemate, right?
Because we read in Festersen’s bio what a a successful business and government dude he is, so he MUST have said SOMETHING to the Veep in that moment of opportunity on Friday night.
Tell us, pleeze, that you took a call from the man just a heart-beat away from being the most POWERFUL man in Washington and Delaware combined, at this time of CRISIS in our country, and said SOMETHING to him about getting our Republic over this hump.
Or did Pete and Joe just jabber on about politics?
Though, of course, we’re sure that Vice President Biden and President Obama will otherwise consult regularly with a Freshman Member of Congress.
So let’s see.
Festersen has been in politics for umpteen years.
Worked for Mayor Mike Fahey.
On the City Council.
Must have his index and middle finger resting on the turned up wrist of Nebraska’s 2nd District!
So his position on THE issue of the day, Obamacare is…
Festersen used to work in the healthcare industry. He must be nominally aware of insurance companies and jobs leaving Nebraska because of the Obamacare disaster.
And by the way, if all it takes is a phone call from Joe Biden to get him to run for Congress, then we will just assume that he would be a solid water-carrier for Biden and his boss.
We can assume that he’ll be on board with Obamacare and whatever else the Dems have in store.
And of course, he would be a solid vote for a Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Of course we remember the last time the Democrats had the House of Representatives.
And they (and Senator Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson) gave us Obamacare.
But hey, the Dems are just pleased and punchy about Festersen.
Because Lee Terry had close races in 2008 and 2012!
Which…were…Presidential election years, we’re pretty sure…
So how about those OFF years, of 2010 and 2006, which are more likely better comparisons for 2014?
Well, in 2006, Terry beat his Democrat challenger by 10%.
And then four years later, in the next off-year election, Terry beat the formidable Democrat Tom White by 20%
Hey, we don’t think Terry is any more invincible than lots of other candidates. Just ask our current Senator Bob Kerrey and Governor Tom Osborne.
But we do know Terry will continue to work hard for his district and never take any election for granted.
But we are always just a little curious when some types get overly excited about a candidate.
But hey. Pete Festersen.