Before we jump to the Senate race, Nebraska Governor candidate state Senator Beau McCoy has a new ad up.
See it here:
Nice, basic intro piece. We look forward to more.
Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has once again dipped her toe into a Nebraska Senate primary.
This morning, Palin endorsed Ben Sasse for the the seat being vacated by Mike Johanns. In her statement on her Facebook page, she quoted the usual stuff about conservatism, etc.
Palin’s endorsement here comes much, much sooner than her endorsement of now Senator Deb Fischer in the last week of the 2012 GOP primary. It was that endorsement which pricked up the ears of Republican voters to Fischer, after they had been watching Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg thwack at each other for months.
At that point, with Palin’s endorsement, Jeff Fortenberry’s endorsement and Joe Ricketts’s ad bombardment of Bruning, Fischer shot the gap and took the race.
The endorsement of Sasse today does not have the same effect, but it is another feather in the Sasse campaign’s cap from various national pols, including Senators Mike Lee and Tom Coburn, National Review magazine and conservative groups like Club for Growth and the Senate Conservative Fund.
A 501(c)(4) group called Legacy Foundation Action Fund is spending $300,000 in Nebraska for a new Ben Sasse for Senate ad. See it here:
The spot was produced by famed adman Larry McCarthy, who is known for George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad. McCarthy recently produced a much-talked about ObamaCare themed ad against New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen.
We will be honest that considering McCarthy’s other work, we were expecting more from this spot, which isn’t much more than a series of slides. We aren’t really clear why McCarthy would be putting his name on it, other than for both him and Sasse to reference each other. It is a nice positive piece, but it is about as generic as they come — not even coming close to Sasse’s “move the capitol” ad.
After the independent expenditure for Shane Osborn’s “airplane” ad, and now this, we may be seeing the first few ripples of the IE ad tidalwave.
We saw the mention of the above ad, and the Sarah Palin endorsement at National Review Online. There each of the writers referenced the Breitbart.com poll from yesterday, noting that Sasse is “11 points behind Shane Osborn.”
Our question: Does ANYONE even read the poll data?
The poll percentages are based on 600 “likely voters” — 200 of whom CAN’T VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.
So while the numbers MIGHT show Osborn up 11 on Sasse, they also might show something else completely. Why would Breitbart even use those numbers, and why would NRO reference them?
The numbers are practically worthless, as also noted by Nebraska Watchdog, if they include opinions of 1/3 of the respondents who don’t get a say. We are not real sure what is going on here.
Need a cool Nebraska vid? How about THIS one, put together by Senator Deb Fischer in honor of Nebraska’s birthday.
The piece was put together by Fischer press staffer Andrew Witmer (pictured here at his edit bay).
We are mighty impressed by the effort. Fischer played the video for her colleagues at the weekly Republican policy lunch and it will play at the Nebraska Breakfasts at the Capitol.