But first…a little, brief football-politico talk from this past long weekend’s festivities…
After watching the Nebraska game on Friday, then seeing Coach Bo Pelini’s press conference afterwards, we thought the OWH’s Tom Shatel put it best when noting that Pelini basically set himself on fire during and after the game.
(And frankly, of all the off-the-wall things Pelini did — chewing out the sideline reporter, swinging the hat, swearing at press conference, essentially daring the AD to fire him — we felt the fake punt attempt was the most egregious. It made Pelini just seem to be saying, “F, it and F the team. Yeah I’m going for it here. What are YOU gonna do about it.”)
But whether Pelini should have kept his job or shouldn’t have, isn’t where we are going here.
We were most curious about the comments on the whole thing from…Tom Osborne.
Now we get that Osborne got asked what he thought, and if he said “no comment” or some such, it might be interpreted the wrong way. But that being said, it would have been preferable for Osborne to have said, “I support the difficult job that the new Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst has…”
But he then went beyond that and said Pelini should get to keep the job because he has had nine wins, and he had eight this season.
Uh, well, that’s nice. And what if Eichorst STILL plans on firing Pelini after the Bowl game? Or what if Pelini wins eight games next season? Or what about Pelini’s on and off-field behavior? Should that be a factor? Hey, maybe or maybe not, but Osborne seemed to sweep it under the rug. And further, Osborne even seemed to be taking a dig at Eichorst for letting Pelini hang out in the breeze for a while.
Dr. Tom would be advised to take a page out of George W. Bush’s book, and simply not comment on one’s predecessor, knowing how difficult the job is — without having the former office-holder giving their two-cents on everything.
And holy cow if you missed the Iron Bowl, you missed one of the most exiting games ever played.
So, we never commented on the recent endorsements, and discussion of endorsements in the Nebraska Governor race.
Second District Congressman Lee Terry decided to step out and endorse Pete Ricketts in the crowded GOP primary. Lee and Pete have had a long and solid relationship, and as we understand it, Lee was essentially returning the favor of long support from Pete.
But…Lee has his own problems, namely a contested primary.
And an endorsement for Pete really doesn’t do THAT much for Ricketts. However, when there are five or six candidates for Governor, plenty of Terry’s supporters will be spread across those different candidates. And frankly all Lee did was piss off a bunch of people he needs to support HIM.
This is another item that probably isn’t THAT big of a deal, but it can be death by a thousand paper-cuts with this sort of stuff. The endorsement probably didn’t NEED to happen. And it is more of a net-loss for Lee than a net-gain for Pete.
And the OWH did an interesting piece on the continuing rift between Governor Dave Heineman and Auditor Mike Foley. (Cute how those sort of pieces can be written nowadays without naming any sources…)
But one thing that wasn’t really mentioned is who the Governor could support in the GOP primary if he chose to. So far, of the big boys we’ve seen Fortenberry supporting Foley, and Terry supporting Ricketts. But if Governor Dave stepped up and gave a preference, that could be a big deal and make a difference in this race.
Remember that he was already on record to support his Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy in a primary, so coming out in favor of another wouldn’t necessarily be a shocker. But it WOULD shake up the race.
And a race with 40-50% undecideds still out there, could mean that a Heineman endorsement (say of a Beau McCoy) could make a big difference.
And as long as we’re talking endorsements, we will just note that Charlie Janssen rung up a list of early endorsements that included state Senators Lautenbaugh, Schilz, Pirsch, Larson, Kintner, Price, and Hansen, Doug Kagan from Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom and Omaha Public Schools board member Justin Wayne.
We are sure that other candidates have other endorsements as well — we noted that Tom Carlson was endorsed by NAIFA — and at some point we will try to put together a list for you.
[Update that state Senator John Murante has not endorsed anyone for Governor.]
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