A quick Separated at Birth inspired by Micah Mertes’ list of worst sequels (and not sure how you keep “Caddyshack 2” off that list):
Ben Sasse and Jamie Kennedy from “Son of the Mask“!
If you watched the GOP Senate “debate” last night, we feel your pain. Once again, a pretty worthless endeavor.
If voters needed to know that all the candidates are very intelligent and well informed, job done. (And please, no one ask Bart McLeay, the LeBron James of name remembering, to recite every Mideast leader again…)
But if you hoped for any separation, fireworks, confrontation or anything else, you got a big fat zero.
Here is a perfect example:
Q: Would any of you support earmarks?
A: “No.” “No.” “No.” “No.”
So there you go.
This debate started with a question about campaign financing and transparency.
Well guess what, Media? If you did your job in these debates and forced the candidates to call each other out on stage instead of with 30 second ads, that might not be an issue.
There was a single question that tried to force that, and not much happened.
EVERY question should have been, “how do you differ and with whom?”
Otherwise, on debate number three, what’s the point?
Two bits of polling information in the Senate race.
And we do mean “bits”.
First, The Weekly Standard had this:
“…private polling in Nebraska by an independent outside group has the race dead even at 31-30, a slight edge for former state treasurer Shane Osborn.”
They go on to note that Osborn’s name ID is higher, so they argue that means Sasse has more potential to go up.
Of course, no other info, no details, no other numbers, no dates, and certainly no crosstabs.
Then Rasmussen Reports, who we usually look to for decent polling info, came out with this thing:
Leading Republican hopefuls Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse are well ahead of their Democratic opponent in Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race, but Sasse runs stronger among both GOP voters and all voters in the state.
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Nebraska Voters finds Sasse with 52% support, while David Domina picks up 27% of the vote. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, but a sizable 16% are undecided.
Did someone tell Rasmussen that there is a Republican PRIMARY before they get to the General?
Do they realize that there are FOUR GOP candidates?
Hey Rasmussen, can we get a side of plastic fries with that giant Nothing Burger you just served?
Look, we get that the DC press types love Sasse, but this kind of stuff is insulting.
It is our understanding that the race is very close, and that those 30-30 numbers may very well be accurate.
Then why not just release the damn poll???
When they don’t, it only leads us to believe there is some bad news behind it which they are trying to hide.
Sigh. What’s a political blog to do…
Ben Sasse has a new web-ad up, called “11 Missed Calls“.
See it here:
Speaking of polls, we suppose Congressman Terry’s primary opponent showed why you don’t give up your polling info.
In a release yesterday, they noted that Terry is up 40% to 26% in an automated phone poll.
And they were happy about it.
The Terry peeps pushed back that being behind by double digits in your own poll is usually not something campaigns crow about.
In the Governor’s race, former 3rd District Congressman Tom Osborne endorsed Auditor Mike Foley.
FWIW, you may note that there is no love lost between Foley and Governor Dave Heineman.
Osborne and Heineman? All we know is we always think about the 2006 Gov’s race.
What else in the Gov’s race?
Well, we saw the Bruning ad hitting Ricketts, in the face of the onslaught of anti-Bruning ads.
But is it enough?
We have to imagine that the anti-Bruning stuff will be non-stop. Bruning may have to spend much of his campaign funds defending himself against them — because we don’t see any third parties coming in on his behalf.
If those two are slamming into each other, will that leave space for a third candidate to slip through?
Hey, speaking of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, did you read the latest story in the local Omaha newspaper about Warren Buffett’s grandson? Because Warren HAS a grandson, and he DOES stuff!
And we certainly cannot get enough news about Warren Buffett’s grandson.
Here is a quote from the paper’s story about the grandson of Warren Buffett (who is Warren’s son’s son):
The Omaha World-Herald is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Did we mention that Warren’s dad used to be a Congressman?
Finally, in the AG race, Brian Buescher was endorsed by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
And Doug Peterson put out this YouTuber:
Have at it.