And Democrats went back to kicking their dogs.
Because you can bet the Dems were salivating at the chance to take on Jon Bruning with Chuck Hassebrook.
Oh sure Hassebrook is a liberal’s liberal and looks like he’d be at home on the Bartles and Jaymes front porch (“Who?” said the kids).
But they figured that if Deb Fischer, who no one knew, could come from no where and beat Bruning…
And if Pete Ricketts, who lost by 20 points to Ben Nelson could be neck and neck with Bruning, even after the Governor’s endorsement, on Election Eve…
..Then they stood a puncher’s chance to take down the scandal-bruised Bruning themselves.
Ain’t gonna happen.
Pete Ricketts is nothing if not boring.
A nice, boring guy.
He’ll talk at you, while you consider the emails coming through on your phone, and wonder what meetings are like with the Cubs, and how fun it would be to be at Wrigley right now, and if they’ll ever field a descent team, like the time whathisnose in the stands knocked the ball in the playoffs, and what ever happened to that guy? Bartman, right? And…
Sure, we’ll support you Pete. (What’d he say?)
The moment Bruning got in the race, we received messages predicting there was no way Bruning could take it to the house. He simply had too many negatives.
And if you didn’t know that, there were certain billionaires who were willing to let you know. MAKE you know.
There was a big chunk of time where the airwaves were thick with the flak of anti-Bruning ads.
And Bruning was silent.
For a loooooong time.
Bruning’s base came out for him.
But others did not.
And enough came out for Pete.
We will enjoy watching Pete put Chuck Hassebrook back on Bob Kerrey’s couch.
Whither Jon Bruning?
We just can’t imagine that we’ve seen the last of him.
But coming back in 2014, with the memories of 2012 still fresh, was too much.
After some time to heal and memories to fade, Bruning may be back.
The rest? Well, there is a 33 year old Beau McCoy who made a splash with the boys.
We (and Ernie) will keep an eye on him.
And over in the 2nd District House race?
Lee Terry won ugly.
And he will have an interesting match with Brad Ashford.
Who voters know.
And have never been crazy about.
But don’t seem to hate.
Who used to be a Republican.
And Democrats may not be crazy for him.
But Independents may go along with.
Though he doesn’t have any money.
And Lee has lots.
There is a narrative that says if Ashford can get a regular base of Democrats and some Independents, and then be abandoned by Republicans who want to try someone else in two years, then he could have a real shot to beat Terry.
Then again, Terry has fought this fight before, has a strong base, and Democrats may not bother with Ashford, and Independents won’t hear his message anyway and Domina and Hassebrook won’t be increasing turnout.
There will be plenty to talk about.
IF Ashford can get some cash, this could be a real race.