When last we left you on Friday afternoon, we were continually updating our latest post after the national conservative PAC Freedomworks switched their endorsement for the Nebraska Senate race from Shane Osborn to Ben Sasse.
The follow up on this has been interesting.
The original Freedomworks endorsement seemed to have been mainly pushed by Freedomworks VP Dean Clancy. Clancy had written a blog post about Sasse, mainly noting a column written by Sasse supporting Medicare Part D.
Sasse in the meantime has received the endorsement of many conservative groups, including the Senate Conservative Fund, headed by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has had a long running feud with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Since that time, while McConnell has not endorsed Osborn and McConnell’s PAC has not endorsed Osborn and no money has been exchanged between the two, some PACs friendly to McConnell have supported Osborn. That, apparently, was enough for Freedomworks President Matt Kibbe to pull the plug on Osborn saying, “it is clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class“.
We only find this interesting in that when we posited this same idea to some politicos a week or so ago, we got fairly strong push-back that that wasn’t necessarily the case.
In any event, almost immediately after the Freedomworks switch, the aforementioned Dean Clancy resigned from Freedomworks. His blog was deleted as was his post about Sasse. He has not yet given any statement regarding all of this.
Once again, we note that we don’t know how much of this really goes into the heads of Nebraska voters.
One can certainly argue the merits of all the candidates. But for some of these endorsements, it seems that an awful lot is pursuant to a feud between Mitch McConnell and Jim DeMint.
And is an attempt to wrestle power from McConnell the deciding factor in the Nebraska Senate race?
Over in the Gov’s race, the papers have declared that it is Jon Bruning’s race to lose, with Pete Ricketts a close second.
The Bruning camp states that this is the reason for the attack pieces being placed against him, like the one on page three of the OWH on Monday morning:
You will note that the contact on this ad is Aaron Trost. Trost, who was the campaign manager for Deb Fischer’s successful Senate campaign (and not the Jean Stothert campaign as we had brain-farted earlier) had worked with Jessica Moenning and Taylor Gage in that race — and who are now working (in one way or another) with the Pete Ricketts campaign.
Is this the smoking gun that some are looking for to associate Ricketts with the anti-Bruning ads?
Does it really matter?
Look, we know that Joe Ricketts disliked Bruning enough to hammer him with the “anyone but Bruning” spots in the 2012 Senate race. There shouldn’t be a huge surprise that this would be going on in this race — especially with Pete in it. The fact of the matter is that while many would LIKE to know who is paying for the anti-Bruning stuff, they really don’t care.
There is no way you are going to get Pete’s face on those anti-Bruning ads. And even if there were several news stories that it was in fact Joe Ricketts who paid for them…meh.
No one is really going to care either.
Either the spots stick or they don’t at this point. Whether you like it or not, it is Game On.
We Twittered on Friday night about former Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey hammering his President of the United States about ObamaCare — to the foreign press.
Kerrey said, to the U.K.’s Daily Mail,
“(Obama) had to know he was misleading the audience,” Kerrey said quietly, recalling the newly minted president’s countless promises as Congress and the public debated his signature health insurance overhaul.
Kerrey goes on to say,
‘That self-delusion moment comes in a single declaratory sentence,'” Kerrey said, which is, “If they just get to know me, they’ll vote for me.”‘
‘It’s just self-delusion. … Some of us are good at it, and some of us are bad.’
Boy, remember all the times during the 2012 Senate race that Kerrey told the voters of Nebraska how awful ObamaCare was and how delusional Obama is.
You will note that after living in New York for over a decade, Kerrey moved back to his sister’s basement couch and tried to convince the people of Nebraska to vote for him.
And even though they had previously elected Kerrey to be Governor and Senator, they clearly voted for Deb Fischer in 2012.
But, Kerrey says, President Obama is the one who is delusional.