Ben Sasse did the rounds of the Washington DC focused talk shows the other day, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and on a FOX something with the shoe designer from “Survivior”. (Yes, we get it, Elizabeth Hasselbeck is “conservative”. That doesn’t make her the right person to interview politicians on policy issues. But she is a pretty blonde, so FOX anchor!)
See the MSNBC interview here:
Sasse was pretty solid on MSNBC. He was never searching for an answer and slammed away at Joe Scarborough’s softballs and Mike Barnicle’s attempts at knuckleballs. It was actually enjoyable to watch him take the libs downtown on basic issues.
Again, this continues Sasse’s ride as the conservative media’s darling candidate. He also just received the endorsement of Red State’s Erick Erickson (who is trying to set up “Sasse vs Osborn” as “anti-Mitch McConnell vs pro-Mitch McConnell“). You can see why he is bowling over those types with his speaking abilty. As he gains more and more cash from this type of coverage, we’ll wait to see if and when that translates to a rise in his numbers in Nebraska.
Also remember that should Sasse overtake Sid Dinsdale, then challenge Shane Osborn, the long knives will come out. Sasse may be able to finesse some of his statements regarding ObamaCare (though rebuttal ads are tough). But Sasse will really have an interesting time retorting to the current situation of Midland University, and some of their basic numbers regarding the school’s financial status and even his salary.
This is the sort of thing that comes under the candidate’s “record” — the same that Osborn will have to live up to during his time in office and his personal business, the same that Dinsdale will have to live with with pretty much everything at Pinnacle and that McLeay may have to regarding clients.
Them’s the realities of a political candidate. It ain’t all debating Part B Medicare and Nebraska values. At some point we expect this race, and the Gov’s race, to get brutal.
And just because it’s there, here’s a video of Sasse’s son “cleaning house” in the nostril area while his father talks:
(Other candidates: if it’s up, we’ll probably link to it…)
Speaking of Bart McLeay, he was recently endorsed by former Senator Dave Karnes and former NE02 Rep. Jon Christensen. Not a bad cap feather for McLeay. Of course Karnes is also in McLeay’s law firm, Kutak Rock, so that doesn’t hurt.
The biggest disappointment however, was that this was a mustache-less Karnes that endorsed McLeay. Without the Magnum P.I. soup strainer, it just doesn’t seem to have that Karnes Karavan feel to it.
We dunno. Maybe it’s us…
Over in the Gov’s race, Pete Ricketts announced that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be endorsing him. Walker famously beat down a recall against him, took on the unions and is now considered a Presidential candidate.
We never know how these endorsements really go, but getting something like this never hurts in the crowded primary.
Of course, minutes after we posted this on The Twitter, we were sent info from our “unnamed sources” noting that the Ricketts family contributed nearly half a million dollars to Walker’s campaign. Which ain’t for nothin.
Is that necessarily a bad thing? The Rickettseses contribute to lots of camps. And Walker certainly wants to get his name out and around, and doesn’t have a problem supporting a camp that could be successful. (Though by doing so, he can also ostracize supporters of the other campaigns.)
In any case, politics! Governor campaign style!
And with his State of the State, Governor Heineman proves he’s STILL the 800 pound gorilla in the state.
And Lee Terry’s camp announced they have $800K on hand going into the primary season. This is about double of what he had during the last go-round.
And as Joe Morton reports, the DCCC is getting more than a little frustrated with their inability to find a candidate. And Dave Domina apparently is going to run for Senate instead of the House.
We chuckled a bit at the recent story by liberal OWH reporter (sorry to be redundant) Matt Hansen regarding a Democrat holdout on the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
See, this guy (the holdout, not Hansen) is special because he isn’t about the money, man!
And let us all focus on the guy in the minority who doesn’t want to go through his land because…because…uh, what was that reason again?
Oh yeah, because of the Godless Tornado! Right. Got it.
Hansen even spells it out for you, money-grubbers:
“I bet Nebraskans who support the pipeline would think long and hard if they were offered a $77,000 check in return for that pipeline never being built.”
Ooh! Now that is a SOMETHING to think about!
What a cute proposition (that is meaningless).
Of course, as Hansen points out, the vast majority of landowners HAVE signed on with TransCanada. And why? Because they’re rubes? Because they don’t care if their land is chewed to bits by ravenous Canadian oil mounties? Because $77K is worth more to them than their child drowning in a tar sands vortex that has formed in their kitchen?
Uh no, Matt. It’s because they have taken a reasonable assessment of the offer and accepted it.
They’ve listened to experts who point out that this will be the safest and most advanced pipe ever built.
But would they have done so without the cash offer? Probably not. And, so what?
Tell us, Matt, did you write that article because it was the “right” thing to do, or because you got PAID, man???
How about this Matt: What if you got PAID to never write an article? How about that? Huh, huh?
Yeah. Think about it. Long and hard.
THANKFULLY, Democrat state Senator Jeremy Nordquist is making sure the shark fin scourge stays OUT of Nebraska.
We would look to make sure the rhino horn is also banned from local Hy-Vees, but… we’ll let Senator Jeremy handle that.
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