A late Friday afternoon post for your pre-weekend pondering.
First, a new ad out from Jon Bruning for Governor, entitled “Leading the Charge“.
See it here:
We suppose this is fine as far as spelling out what Bruning has done in his career.
Otherwise, we are not sure that Nebraska voters will be overly impressed with AG’s from other states singing Bruning’s praises.
He’d be better off having all of his law-enforcement endorsers cutting a spot for him.
Maybe they will.
Beau McCoy for Governor has a new ad called, “Fight Against Taxes“.
See it here:
Hey, we’re just glad we weren’t driving the other way down that road!
Decent piece, invoking Governor Heineman, cutting taxes, etc.
We have a feeling McCoy is still working on introducing himself to voters, and will need a lot more of these to cut into the polls.
Mike Foley for Governor has a new ad out called “Water Resources“.
See it here:
This piece looks like it was done by the exact same team that put out the recent Bryan Slone piece.
Sure the Ogallala Aquifer is awesome. And water is awesome. And Nebraska agriculture is awesome.
So why again does that mean anyone should vote for Mike Foley?
Unless there is some crazy polling out there that says these ads are effective, we don’t get it.
FWIW, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza of “The Fix” lists the Nebraska GOP Senate Primary as the best primary in the nation, as in “not to be missed.”
Midland University President Ben Sasse is a somewhat unusual standard-bearer for the tea party, given his time spent in Washington in the Department of Health and Human Services and his alliances with GOP establishment types. But he has rallied the conservative base to his side against state treasurer Shane Osborn, the early favorite. A poll conducted by The Polling Company last month showed Osborn at 35 percent and Sasse at 24 percent. The primary is May 13, and the winner will undoubtedly become the next senator.
Of course much of this is because of the weight being throw around by the Republican factions in Washington, each “claiming” a candidate. The DC “Tea Party” types, as you know, have not so much as embraced Ben Sasse, as they have put a bear-hug strangle hold on him.
They are expressing their dislike of Mitch McConnell by stating their dislike of Shane Osborn, and thereby supporting Ben Sasse, because some of McConnell cronies (now including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham) have supported Osborn.
This weirdness has led 50-some Nebraska conservatives — many/most of whom support Osborn, yet consider themselves Freedomworks Tea Party types — to write an open letter to Freedomworks expressing their dismay at FW’s support for Sasse.
Of course this letter would have been more effective had they not expressed a displeasure for Sasse — many are Osborn supporters, but also Dinsdalers and possibly a few McLeayites. Sasse’s peeps responded by pointing out this is just an Osborn campaign tactic.
And they’re right. But of course, the letter is true as well.
No one in DC has consulted Nebraskans on whom to support.
Freedomworks and Mitch McConnell and Jim DeMint and John McCain and all the other DC groups are all doing this endorsing for themselves. Oh sure, there are a few true believers who find the candidates to be their guy and are pressing for him.
But for the most part, this has become a strange DC powerplay, with Godzilla and Megalon battling it out while swinging from Chimney Rock.
Would anyone be THAT surprised if the DC people had gone the opposite way with Osborn and Sasse? Or if they had picked McLeay as the smartest guy in the room? Or if they thought Dinsdale brought the most experience and gravitas?
This primary can go a lot of different ways. And in the end, Nebraska Republicans will win.
What it will do for DC, we don’t know.
If you would like, you can see most all of the GOP candidates’ responses to Nebraska Right to Life’s election questionnaire here.
And completely unrelated, but for your viewing interest, see this Washington Post graphic to get a good idea of what looking for that Black Box ping from the Malaysian Airliner is like.