First, just because we noticed him sitting behind the bench during the Nebraska at Creighton game the other evening…
Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, and Late Night with David Letterman announcer, Alan Kalter:
Pete Festersen is out.
Well, we know that much. As others have noted, he was thinking about it, then wouldn’t pull the trigger because of his family, then he was in because his family told him to do it, and now he’s out because of his family.
So, we get it. Festersen is thinking about his family. And if there was something unexpected that came up, then we wish the best for Festersen. But if it wasn’t something “unexpected”, then we expect that the reality was…
1) The political landscape didn’t look so wide-open with a land schooner sailing him into Washington, because of a little something called, “ObamaCare”.
2) The money, which was supposed to rain from the heavens and saturate his campaign wasn’t as magical as he suspected and the low-hanging fruit was picked.
Look, we have heard it from plenty of people that they think this could be a tough election year for Congressman Lee Terry. However, most of that was pounded upon Terry after his “dang-straight” comments, which are getting more and more distant as time goes on. The ObamaCare debacle is leaving many Americans not just suspect of Democrat policies, but more so on the concept of the things Democrats think they can do.
President Obama and the Dems want to overhaul the way things “are”. And they thought that just because they could think of a concept, it could be implemented with a finger snap and a couple of speeches. And as Americans see more clearly how very difficult that stuff is, they have soured on everything else the Dems promise. (If we were to be realistic, we would suspect that something like a Federal “flat tax” could encounter some similar problems.)
So does this stuff affect a candidate like Festersen? We would have to think so. We doubt that Festersen had any interest in being a sacrificial lamb to Lee Terry, and we suspect it looked more and more that way to him.
Note that in one of the many national stories on Festersen’s drop-out — he is being characterized as another “Fail” of ObamaCare — The Hill specifically noted that Festersen “had struggled to raise funds in the early months of the race.”
So what’s next for the 2nd District Dems?
At this point they’re already positioning the next candidate as a lamb chop, with Dem state Senator Jeremy Nordquist saying, “I’m confident we will be able to give Lee Terry a challenge.”
A challenge! Well, if THAT doesn’t inspire Omaha Democrats, what will??
What do the Dems do? Well, there’s always a Steve Lathrop run.
And then in our Machiavellian brain, we are still convinced that it looked like Festersen was getting TOO close to a win so the Powers That Be forced him to drop out so that Baby Buffett will be able to win in a few years (or possibly 2014?). As we noted on the Twitter last month, take a look at the pic the OWH keeps using for Festersen and Terry:
Gee, wonder who THEY wanted in that matchup?
And what of the NEGOP primary opponents against Terry? Well, we would note to Dan Frei that KETV kicking off their coverage saying, “Terry is once-again unopposed in his race for District Two“, doesn’t help his cause of getting noticed.
Who knows where all this goes. But we could see some eruptions in the coming weeks to shake things up.
Or it could all just go dormant once again.
Shane Osborn was endorsed by former Presidential candidate Steve Forbes this morning.
Forbes — known to be one of the nicer and more genuine of the candidates of yore — had this to say about Osborn:
“For me, Shane Osborn is the one true conservative in this race and we need him in the United States Senate,” Steve Forbes said. “He was at the forefront of government transparency and accountability as Nebraska State Treasurer and stood tall against Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. I can think of no greater infringement on liberty than Obamacare and Shane has always been opposed to its creation. Shane has a positive, Reaganesque platform to get America moving. Political courage seems to be in short supply in Washington and it is time we sent an American hero to the Senate to fight for Nebraskans every day.”
More on this and any of the other stuff as it happens.
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