To begin your long weekend, first a little Separated at Birth…
Trucker-hatted and sleeveless Larry the Cable Guy and…trucker-hatted and sleeveless, Jane Kleeb!
This image of Jane is from a recent video from some group of hipsters in front of a brick wall touting the virtues of Nebraska and how it’s actually hip and not flat and hip. (Spoiler alert: oooh, Swearing!)
Which is all fine (we’re sure they’re cause is awesome, and all that), but we just chuckled at the image of Jane in her “I’m so 3rd District” get-up. We’re sure Jane’s reaction after getting offered the gig was, “Do I get to fold my arms and look ‘genuine’? I’m in!”
Of course, you remember that this isn’t Jane’s first poseur outfit. Who can forget when she suddenly became a member of F.F.A?
But of course Jane knows how to dress for whomever she is trying to impress.
Whether it’s Pleather Tuscadero or Git-’Er-Un-Done! with the anti-Pipeline crowd, you can bet Jane has a matching outfit to fit right in.
A follow-up on the exciting race for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat, where you may have heard a few things:
1) Real Clear Politics now lists #NE02 as a “Toss Up” race.
Heck that is generous compared to most of the opinions from politicos with whom we spoke. Many already consider it a “Likely Dem”. And more than a few see Democrat Super-PACs on the horizon, coming in to “support” Chip Maxwell in his
Quixotic Kamikaze bid.
2) Others lament what Maxwell could be doing to other races as well. In a “rising-tide” theory, turnout could potentially hurt a Pete Ricketts in the Governor’s race. If Hassebrook ever makes it close, Ricketts could potentially take a hit by an overwhelming Democrat vote in the 2nd.
And on that note, others go back and wonder what the point of it all was for Lee Terry to endorse Ricketts back in the primary. He needs every vote — especially now — and alienating 75% or so of the voters probably won’t do him any favors.
3) Some are more generous, and point out that Terry will have to pound Ashford and discourage Democrat turnout. Of course, that will have to be indirect, as telling voters Ashford isn’t “Democrat” enough would be awkward coming from Lee.
And then Maxwell will be pushing Terry towards the middle as well — something he has often tried to do on his own to capture Independent votes.
4) The entire Nebraska Congressional delegation is backing Terry.
You rarely get to read these things in full, so here you go:
Senator Mike Johanns:
“I have witnessed Lee Terry’s leadership and tireless advocacy for our state from the perspective of a Governor, Secretary of Agriculture and now as a U.S. Senator and I can say unequivocally that he loves serving Nebraskans and always has the best interest of our state in mind. He applies Nebraska common sense to all he does and works to get government out of the way of growth. Nebraskans have come to trust Lee for good reason.”
Senator Deb Fischer:
“Republicans in the second congressional district chose Lee Terry as their nominee in last week’s primary. Lee is now the Republican candidate and he has shown throughout his congressional service that he is also the conservative candidate. I have enjoyed partnering with Lee on a number of legislative initiatives during my time in the Senate. I look forward to campaigning with Lee in the months ahead.”
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry:
“I’ve known Lee Terry for a long time, first as a city council member. I know how dedicated he is to public service, his family, and our country. There’s a great deal of respect for Lee among his colleagues. Nebraska has a small, but effective delegation and we work hard together as a team on issues affecting our state and the well-being of our nation.”
Congressman Adrian Smith:
“The primary election is over, and now conservatives should unite around our Republican nominees. Lee Terry is a dedicated conservative and a leader in the fight against overreach from the Obama Administration. As we march toward a November 4th victory, Congressman Terry has my full support.”
5) But it really comes down to this: If Terry hopes to win, it will likely be after a political brawl with Maxwell and Ashford.
The Governor and Senate primaries will likely look like thumb-wrestling in comparison.
Have a great weekend!