News Channel Nebraska’s Joe Jordan talked to Jane Kleeb the other day about fielding candidates for the two major statewide offices in the 2018 elections.
Too much money in politics….
Whose money, you ask?
Well…not Dick Holland’s money…which was funding Jane’s Bold Nebraska for years.
Or the Nebraska State Teacher’s Association’s money, which has funded numerous Democrats over the years as well. Then there’s the Firefighter’s Union cash which has been spent against any number of candidates, including very recently.
Nope, Jane and her cohorts are scared off by…Pete Ricketts’ money (or maybe one could say Joe Ricketts’ money, ya know). Let’s hear Jane herself:
“Pete Ricketts’ money is a serious problem, not only for the top of the ticket but below as well.”
That’s a funny whine.
We must have missed that from the Democrats against Ricketts’ money in 2006.
But ignoring Joe’s clickbait in the rest of the story (no, Jane Kleeb does not say she is going to run…), Jane says that they WILL have candidates in both offices statewide, Ricketts’ cash notwithstanding.
So what does all this money-fearing mean then?
Well, it likely means that serious candidates — the type who can win — won’t be showing their faces across the county fairs over the next month to challenge in the Governor’s race, or against Senator Deb Fischer.
Sure they may get Dave Domina or a Mike Meister. But will they get a Kim Robak — who has a little bit of name ID? Boy, you’d think if she were interested she’d be raising money for a serious campaign already.
And then if they can’t find a candidate for Governor or Senator, what hope do they have for Secretary of State or Treasurer?
Are those offices the long game or the short game?
Someone can ask Jane (when she’s done reining in her central committee, that is…)
Oh and hey, Governor Ricketts also has a primary challenger now.
No, Bob Krist didn’t go back to being a Republican again.
It’s someone named Krystal Gabel, who recently came in 3rd place in the District 2 (North Omaha) City Council primary.
Gabel is running on a platform of industrial hemp, hemp biodiesel and decriminalized weed.
She clearly has the GOP voter nailed down…
The Hill is continuing to review the chances of the Dems taking Congress in 2018. Historically, the party out of power has done well in the mid-terms, and the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato doesn’t see any reason why 2018 should be any different:
By Sabato’s analysis, the president’s party has shed House seats in 36 of 39 midterms stretching back more than 150 years, with an average loss of 33 seats — well above the 24 pickups the Democrats need to take the chamber next year.
And then there’s the fact that…
Democrats still face unique challenges, including legislative district lines that favor Republicans and the danger that Democratic voters simply will not go to the polls in a non-presidential election year.
Which of course brings it all back to…the actual candidates.
The Hill only focuses on a few specific candidates who could have tough races — and gives a broad swipe at GOPers who voted to repeal ObamaCare while representing swing districts.
And no, Don Bacon is not listed.
Do you hear that clamoring to get rid of Bacon and bring in Eastashfordman?
Neither do I.
And then what about…President?
Well, that’s 2020 (just like hindsight…).
But CNN’s Chris Cillizza (formerly of the Washington Post, who has since found his true Trump-hate) wanders down the path of a Trump primary in 2020.
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Jeff Flake
Gov. John Kasich
Gov. Scott Walker and…
Sen. Ben Sasse.
Well, it’s not the first time Sasse has been on one of these lists. But strangely, the National Review has a video up of who THEY think could be on the list.
And they have the same list, but swap out Sen. Marco Rubio for Flake.
Which still leaves Sasse with his home base magazine.
Interestingly enough, ICYMI, Sasse also apparently turned down an offer from the Heritage Foundation to become their new President.
In the past, former Senator Jim DeMint headed up the conservative thinktank. Unclear why the org thought they could get Sasse to quit his elected office only about halfway into his term.
But word was that Sasse rebuffed them, and Sasse’s press flak for some reason issued a statement that Sasse wants Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf out of his job before the season even starts.
So there ya go.
No, where have YOU been?
Been missing Leavenworth St. on a daily basis? Well there are places to go and things to do, ya know. But Leavenworth St. DID recently put up a Separated at Birth, along with links to numerous other daily articles.
Sign yer bad-self up.