We heard some rumblings about this a week or so ago, and then we should have jumped on the huge hint laid out by Don Walton in his Sunday night column, saying that there was more to come.
But, as noted above, we received a hint about this last week:
“Bruning – Janssen ’14”.
Now, of course, Attorney General Jon Bruning is not yet IN the race.
And, there’s that little point that one needs to be the party nominee before a Lieutenant Governor reaches the ballot.
But…we had heard rumblings that the candidate and potential candidate were chatting. And both Bruning and Janssen have had Jordan McGrain as their manager, though that does not necessarily guarantee any cooperation. We would also note that there have been some reports that Janssen may be interested in Auditor, especially if Pete Pirsch were to switch his campaign to Attorney General.
The name of Don Stenberg for AG has also come up in the media (after being mentioned here first, of course). While the race wouldn’t be given to Don, he has a solid voter base to fall back on should he wish to try.
There are less than three weeks for all of this to wrap up — well the pre-campaign stuff anyway.
And then let’s be honest, who knows who else might drop. Would anyone be shocked if Senator Tom Carlson judged that his $157K in the bank may not be able to compete against Pete Ricketts’s $1.4M? Then again maybe Carlson doesn’t care. But those are votes that will come off the rest of a very slim victory margin.
Over in the Senate race, we chuckled a little at the recent Ben Sasse email that went out, Subject line:
A difficult email to write
OK, c’mon guys. When we first saw this, we figured it was the Janssen announcement. Instead, it was a bit of a whine from the Sasse camp stating,
“Sadly, Osborn’s campaign and DC supporters at FreedomWorks have decided to run a negative campaign.”
Now, they can complain about Freedomworks, but you can’t put that all on Osborn. And the recent “Veteran” ad put up on Osborne’s behalf, which they also reference, isn’t exactly evidence of negative campaigning. And frankly, again the reference to Osborn’s DC support is a little chuckle-worthy, considering that Sasse is, literally, the cover-boy for the DC conservative literati.
There is nothing wrong with that for Sasse. But when they then complain about the exact same thing regarding Osborn, we roll our eyes a bit.
It will be interesting to see what the forces surrounding Sasse will do to agitate the race toward him.
So far, Sasse has been on the cover of magazine, received endorsements by politicians and radio hosts and had glowing interviews on national TV shows.
Problem is, he has to get elected in Nebraska.
Osborn has the (soft) lead at the moment, and Sasse hasn’t taken it from him, and certainly didn’t at the debate. At some point, someone or some group is going to have to go negative on Osborn in order to bring his numbers down. You can argue that Deb Fischer ran a positive campaign, but never forget the bombardment that her opponents took from outside sources to get her up there.
Osborn still comes across positively, and the hero pilot stuff still resonates.
Sasse still comes off as a wonk, and while claiming to be the ObamaCare expert, hasn’t necessarily come up with any clear, clean explainable alternatives. In the mean time Sid Dinsdale’s little bit of name ID with Nebraska giant Pinnacle will continue to give him support. And then “unknown” Bart McLeay made a semi-major TV buy in Hastings that challenges anything Sasse has done.
Short summary — Sasse is making waves, but not in Nebraska.
Reminds us a LOT of…Scott Kleeb.
And we don’t mean that pejoratively, Sasse-supporters-currently-freaking-out-at-us. All we are saying is that you may remember when Kleeb arrived into Nebraska with the good looks, Yale-pedigree and cowboy boasts. Kleeb had a giant strike a against him, being a Democrat. But the almost-too-slick stuff turned off the 3rd District voters — who Sasse must also woo this time.
With Sasse being off the air for an extended period of time AND sending out an email that has a whiff of desperation — in February — we aren’t real sure of the campaign direction.
Now of course, this could all change tomorrow. It could show Sasse peaking two weeks before Election Day, which would likely be the plan anyway.
But we also feel like someone is going to have to come out and take a direct shot at Osborn — and not just the “he’s being negative!” type.
There is a HUGE percent of Undecideds in this race (just like in the Gov’s race) and they are going to need to be pushed one way or the other. Osborn may be trying to push them early. We just wonder if Sasse may be waiting too long.
(And if push DOES come to shove, what could that mean for Dinsdale or McLeay.)
Hey, how about that Keystone XL report?
“…petroleum releases from the proposed project is unlikely to extensively affect water quality in (Ogallala Aquifer).”
Oh, and they also note that they’re going to extract the stuff whether the pipe is built or not, so that part of your “environmental” equation doesn’t add up either.
So that leaves NIMBY for the President to hang his hat on.
We’re still not holding our breath.