Fischer shocks Nebraska establishment with primary win

posted at 8:41 am on May 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

For the second time in as many weeks, an upstart candidate has shocked the establishment, only this time it comes as an even greater surprise. While Jon Bruning and Don Sternberg took turns beating up each other in the Nebraska primary for US Senate, state senator Deb Fischer stole a march on both and won handily, taking a “vast majority” of Nebraska counties:

State Sen. Deb Fischer won the Nebraska GOP Senate primary Tuesday in a stunning come-from-behind victory that seemed inconceivable just a few weeks ago. With 79 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race, with Fischer leading Attorney General Jon Bruning 40 percent to 36 percent. Treasurer Don Stenberg was third with 19 percent.

Fischer advances to a general election contest with former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey. The Republican is favored in Nebraska, a red state in a presidential year.

Bruning was the frontrunner throughout the race, greatly outspending his two opponents (while Bruning ran over 20,000 gross rating points in the state, all non-Bruning spending combined amounted to under 18,000 gross rating points, according to a source tracking media buys in the state). But he and Stenberg — who was backed by conservative groups like Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund — had been attacking each other. Fischer, who was largely ignored until the end, appeared to benefit from the sniping between the two men.

In the final week of the race, Fischer started gaining momentum and accepted a high-profile endorsement from Sarah Palin, and then one from Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb. A Super PAC boosted her with an ad during the final weekend of the primary.

Palin was ecstatic:

Sarah Palin congratulated Deb Fischer for her surprise victory in Nebraska’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday, hailing the state senator as an anti-establishment candidate with no ties to the “good old boys” club.

“As recently as a week ago, Deb Fischer was dismissed by the establishment. Why? Because she is not part of the good old boys’ permanent political class,” Palin said in a Facebook post early Wednesday. “The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.”

The win by Fischer shows that Palin’s endorsement power hasn’t waned over the last two years.  On the other hand, Jim DeMint and a couple of well-known conservative action groups didn’t do as well:

– The candidates matter: In this race, neither a frontrunner hamstrung by ethics woes nor a yesterday’s news statewide officeholder bolstered by outside money — but running with an 0-3 Senate race record — was palatable to voters. Instead, a candidate with humble campaign coffers and a conservative message won.

 It was a bad night for the Club For Growth, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and FreedomWorks: The pro-Don Stenberg groups spent over $2 million combined. And for what? A distant third place finish for a well-known statewide official. The $2 million spent in Nebraska would be awfully useful in expensive Texas, where all three groups are backing Ted Cruz.

DeMint immediately backed Fischer after the election results showed her the winner, and called for Republican unity in the general election.

Fischer didn’t waste any time in pivoting to the general election, going after her Democratic opponent Bob Kerrey for carpetbagging after a dozen years of living in New York City:

She took her first poke at Kerrey shortly after taking the stage at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln in front of a crowd of jubilant supporters, many with tears in their eyes and some still in shock.

“We need somebody who’s different. Somebody who’s tough. Somebody who’s a Nebraskan,” said Fischer, 61, in a not-so-veiled reference to Kerrey having lived the last dozen years in New York City.

Aaron Blake at the Washington Post reports that Fischer already has a ten-point lead in polling over Kerrey, but she may have to work quickly to define herself in the race:

Republicans will now be faced with the fact that their candidate is largely undefined for the general election. While Fischer doesn’t come out of the primary with major liabilities — she was attacked for supporting a gas tax increase, though — she also has plenty of work to do in defining herself.

Regardless, Republicans are still heavily favored to hold the seat in the general election, owing largely to the state’s deep red hue and former senator Bob Kerrey (D) having left the state for a decade after leaving the Senate. A poll released Tuesday by Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling showed Fischer up 10 points on Kerry.

Kerrey has bigger problems in overcoming this than Fischer does in maintaining it, obviously, but the biggest problem is the anti-establishment mood in Nebraska.  It doesn’t look like voters in the Cornhusker State are looking for party drones, especially after watching Ben Nelson reveal himself as just that in his cave on ObamaCare.  Even if the voters may not know Fischer as well, they know enough about Kerrey and the Democrats to choose Fischer anyway.


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I read where many Republicans in Nebraska said that they were supporting one of the other two candidates but when they HEARD that Palin had endorsed Fischer, it made them take a second look at Fischer and check her record and they also said that they trust Sarah and her opinion a d that it helped them make a decision

journeymike on May 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

btw, I wish you a safe and uneventful trip to Ill. Same for your trip back home with your son.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Biggest loser: Karl Rove. His influence is in the toilet.

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

What is Turd Blossom for $1000?

AH_C on May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

CUDAhhhhhhhhh!!!

ornery_independent on May 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Well, hello, Dante! What brings Who drug you out of your Paulbot inferno this morning?

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

FIFY ;)

AH_C on May 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I hope the good folks in Utah take a cue from Nebraska when Hatch, and Liljenquist square off, and do the same in their Republican primary election June 26.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

For Palin to endorse Liljenquist would just be the all time establishment FU

jdsbengaltiger on May 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Sarah Palin’s endorsement is valuable because She is a “real” person with the finest qualities, who went into politics for the right reasons. There may well be other politicians who possess her virtues, but only she has the outstanding track record shot through with common sense, grit, honor, accomplishment, and smarts.

That so many Republicans take her words and endorsements seriously is a sign that those values still matter to the vast majority in the party. That so many Democrats still revile her at every opportunity is a clear sign that they’ve lost whatever integrity they once possessed.

Aardvark on May 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I know I voted for Fischer because of Palin’s endorsement. I was heartily sick and tired of all three — Stenberg, Bruning and Fischer — after weeks of TV commercials showing how each one of them had poured Nebraska’s money down one rat hole after another. But when I got into the polling booth yesterday morning and looked at my choices, I sucked it up and voted for Fischer simply because Palin had endorsed her.

Also, just out of sheer, absolute spite and frustration, instead of checking any of the four presidential candidates, I wrote in Paul Ryan. It doesn’t make any difference since the true primary isn’t until July and we all know Romney will win that, but I just wanted to tell somebody I’m less than impressed with the field the ballot offered.

catsandbooks on May 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Of course, Palin, who it seems jumped on the Fischer bandwagon after it was picking up lots of steam, wants to take the credit for herself.

Let’s not make this all about Palin, ok? She’s not the center of the conservative political universe, as much as she seems to think she is.

bluegill on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Fischer was in THIRD PLACE down by 16 before the Palin endorsement. How was she picking up steam? She won 41-36. That’s a 21 point swing after the endorsement. There is no possible way that Palin’s endorsement had no effect. Try to know what you’re talking about before you start running your mouth.

topdawg on May 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

She avoided Angle too (she should have decided between the other two) but she was slandered for it too.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I love how they conveniently forget that Palin didn’t endorse Angle in the primary. What was she supposed to do in the general, endorse Reid?

topdawg on May 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.”

mmmmm, then why weren’t you willing to lead the charge?

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

PalinLover on May 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Of course, Palin, who it seems jumped on the Fischer bandwagon after it was picking up lots of steam, wants to take the credit for herself.

Let’s not make this all about Palin, ok? She’s not the center of the conservative political universe, as much as she seems to think she is.

bluegill on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

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There’s nothing wrong with expressing your displeasure over Sarah, but don’t go “making up” stuff.

You threw a lot of credibility out the window with that.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

But Ed, AP tells us at every opportunity the Tea Party is dead or of no significance!!!! Oh I’m incorrect, that was so last week. He’s changed now i’m sure.

Fuquay Steve on May 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

FACT: Fischer’s campaign splashed Palin’s endorsement on top of its mailers, and we received a robocall from Palin on Saturday. On Sunday we got a robocall from Bruning’s mommy. That’s when I knew Fischer had this thing won. It’s not unprecedented here. Research Kay Orr’s similar victory in the 1980s.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Aren’t Republicans engaged in a war on women? Yet they nominate a woman? I am so confused.

The DNC really needs to come out with a handbook explaining how things are supposed to work.

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

.
You are of course, quite correct.

But the NOW gang has given their explanation (it’s in their handbook) for this “phenomenon” before.
They would insist that Debra Fischer is not a “real woman”, so Republicans still can’t claim that they support women.
.
Personally, I think the NOW gang aren’t real women.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

bluegill on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

There’s nothing wrong with expressing your displeasure over Sarah, but don’t go “making up” stuff.

You threw a lot of credibility out the window with that.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You assume “Bluegill” had any credibility to begin with. He/She is just about the worst Mittbot to appear on HotAir. So bad that I think many here has turned anti-Romney solely because of Bluegill’s insane rants.

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The Senate on both sides has nothing to brag about. Marching out Paul Ryan and Jim Demint every now and then to appease conservatives is getting old. Establishment endorsements mean nothing, it’s just politics. It’s time to clean House and the Senate, even if it’s one state at a time every two years.

lea on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Oh Good Lord….now Matt Lewis is whining that Palin is biased towards women candidates – quoting anonymous sources, of course.

VidOmnia on May 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The win by Fischer shows that Palin’s endorsement power hasn’t waned over the last two years.

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With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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Touche!

I simply cannot prove beyond your doubt that Sarah’s endorsement was the “last straw” that broke the good ol’ boy’s back.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Not quite. Fischer had already moved up to second place Palins’ endorsement. I wish posters here would listen to us Nebraskans. Fischer needed the endorsements, yes, and they all helped her. But she has a solid conservative record, is well respected in the unicameral, and is NOT Stenberg, who runs for everything, or Bruning, who has baggage.

My point is simple: Fisher would not have won without Sarah Palin endorsement. That’s what put her on the radar of many voters, what made her a legit and viable candidate.
Had Sarah stayed out of this race, Fisher would be second or third, period.

jules on May 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Of course, Palin, who it seems jumped on the Fischer bandwagon after it was picking up lots of steam, wants to take the credit for herself.

Let’s not make this all about Palin, ok? She’s not the center of the conservative political universe, as much as she seems to think she is.

bluegill on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

You wominfolk are so catty sometimes.

meow

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

And now, THIS from Ed Morrissey, Allahpundit, Matt Lewis and THE REST of THE LAMESTREAM MEDIA:

“Deb Fischer who, with the endorsement of Sarah Palin, won “Unexpectedly”…….”
Yehs – THAT pretty much sums it up…..

williamg on May 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

bluegill on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Try to know what you’re talking about before you start running your mouth.

topdawg on May 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

You must be new here…

… High, I’m 7%.

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

So bad that I think many here has turned anti-Romney solely because of Bluegill’s insane rants.

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

That is a misnomer.

Gunlock Bill on May 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

That is a misnomer.

Gunlock Bill on May 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

.
Man up already.

Geez.

FlaMurph on May 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Fischer was NOT the most conservative candidate. She obviously was the most electable non-establishment candidate.

In other words, she was no O’Donnell or Angle.

Kermit on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

As for Fischer, she looks pretty conservative to me:

P100% Pro-Life Voting Record in Nebraska Unicameral
Signed AFP No Climate Tax Pledge
Signed Let Freedom Ring’s Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge
Supports a balanced budget amendment
Opposed debt-ceiling compromise deal
100% NFIB rating in Nebraska Unicameral
Opposes amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens
Signed ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Opposes the bailouts
Supports the federal marriage amendment
Supports repealing Obamacare
Opposes earmarks
Opposes cap-and-trade
A+ NRA rating in Nebraska Unicameral

AmeriCuda on May 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

You threw a lot of credibility out the window with that.

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You assume “Bluegill” had any credibility to begin with. He/She is just about the worst Mittbot to appear on HotAir. So bad that I think many here has turned anti-Romney solely because of Bluegill’s insane rants.

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So true. This person has been the worst for a long time. Perhaps some of the new posters aren’t familiar with it. No need to try to reason with the lies and smears that we that have been subject to again. The ignore key is best. bluegill likes to make the topic all about her/him rather than the thread itself.

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Among other things, the win by Fischer shows that Jim DeMint and his Senate Conservatives Fund has completely lost touch with REAL conservatives and with reality. DeMint backed Stenberg – a definite loser. In Arizona’s Senate race, DeMint shows that he’s completely lost his mind by support AMNESTY supporter and admitted liar, RINO jeff flake. Goodbye DeMint – you’ve become as useless and irrelevant as the rest of the Repub establishment.

TeaPartyNation on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

“*I call ‘em as I see ‘em.*”

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Yes you do and you do it well!!!

AH_C on May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Among other things, the win by Fischer shows that Jim DeMint and his Senate Conservatives Fund has completely lost touch with REAL conservatives and with reality. DeMint backed Stenberg – a definite loser. In Arizona’s Senate race, DeMint shows that he’s completely lost his mind by support AMNESTY supporter and admitted liar, RINO jeff flake. Goodbye DeMint – you’ve become as useless and irrelevant as the rest of the Repub establishment.

TeaPartyNation on May 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Before criticizing Senator DeMint, perhaps we need to look at when he started backing Stenberg. Also it could be that Fischer entered the race well after DeMint backed Stenberg.

I have a concern about Jeff Flake also. Without looking at my notes, wasn’t he also for Obamacare? Anyway, all I know is that for whatever reason (which I’ll check) I don’t care for Jeff Flake.

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Fischer was in THIRD PLACE down by 16 before the Palin endorsement. How was she picking up steam?

topdawg on May 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Clearly Palin sensed the imminent 16-15 shift and knew which way the wind was blowing; open your eyes!

/part-time blogging barista

roy_batty on May 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

i love you sarah <3

Sachiko on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

What Palin has is a proven track record of
conservatism.

When Palin talks/writes on facebook/tweets, etc. people listen.
They know Palin is not going to endorse a liberal or faux conservative (well, there is McCain, however, we who have any brains know the thought process of that endorsement).

They do their own research. Then, if they see what they like
they open up their wallets. They may call the candidate’s office and offer to make calls, etc. It is indeed part of a grass roots
effort. And it is the power of Palin.

Amjean on May 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The credit / blame game for Deb’s win will go on ad nauseum. All I know is that it’s payback time for Ben Nelson’s vote. Go Deb!

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I read where many Republicans in Nebraska said that they were supporting one of the other two candidates but when they HEARD that Palin had endorsed Fischer, it made them take a second look at Fischer and check her record and they also said that they trust Sarah and her opinion a d that it helped them make a decision

journeymike on May 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

You probably read that here because I was one of them. Sarah’s endorsement made me take a second, and much deeper, look at Deb Fischer. I’d already decided some time ago that I couldn’t support Bruning and was leaning towards Stenberg (despite anxiety over how many times the guy runs for ANY office). Once I saw that Fischer is pretty solid on the issues, I decided to throw her my vote.

Palin’s endorsement definitely made a big difference here, IMO.

Dack Thrombosis on May 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

i hope this works out well. I’m hoping Kerrey will go down easily.

This is bad news for George Allen…so his macacca moment may have passed

r keller on May 16, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Also, just out of sheer, absolute spite and frustration, instead of checking any of the four presidential candidates, I wrote in Paul Ryan. It doesn’t make any difference since the true primary isn’t until July and we all know Romney will win that, but I just wanted to tell somebody I’m less than impressed with the field the ballot offered.

catsandbooks on May 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That also explains why more voted the senate race than the POTUS by 10K+

AH_C on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

• 100% Pro-Life Voting Record in Nebraska Unicameral
• Signed AFP No Climate Tax Pledge
• Signed Let Freedom Ring’s Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge
• Supports a balanced budget amendment
• Opposed debt-ceiling compromise deal
• 100% NFIB rating in Nebraska Unicameral
• Opposes amnesty and benefits for illegal aliens
• Signed ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge
• Opposes the bailouts
• Supports the federal marriage amendment
• Supports repealing Obamacare
• Opposes earmarks
• Opposes cap-and-trade
• A+ NRA rating in Nebraska Unicameral

Looks pretty solid.

peski on May 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012

I like what I see on her website.

Wish we had more like her in California. Yeah, I know.

peski on May 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

What Palin has is a proven track record of
conservatism.And it is the power of Palin.

Amjean on May 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

You are right. The key word is “Proven”. She has always walked her talk and people respect that. She’s been tested with fire and passed with flying colors. I can’t think of anyone else that one could say that about, in or out of politics. And yes, that gives her Palin Power:-)

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Sarah needs to come out to Nebraska and stump for Fischer in the general. That would probably add a good five to ten more points to her already wide lead over Kerrey.

Dack Thrombosis on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

You wominfolk are so catty sometimes.

meow

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Mew

Meow on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Jennifer Rubin.This may have already been posted. Some nice stuff about Governor Palin, and some nice shots at establishment endorsers.:)

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Cause and effect? Let’s say, ‘Cuda and effect.

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I’m lovin’ it:-) Go Sarah!!!

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

“The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.”

mmmmm, then why weren’t you willing to lead the charge?

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Don’t you think she’s done enough for an ungrateful party and populace? Look at your posts, for instance. One day you are somewhat sane, lucid and consistent and the next you keep changing your mini-primal screams apparently depending on which voice is whining at you.

Why should someone endure death threats, threats of rape, harming of her family, etc, etc, etc, for people like you who are willing to criticize and poke at the drop of a hat?

Maybe she saw there were too many people like YOU, people that she could not rely on to have her back, and decided to do the second best thing and work the downticket elections, which is just as important.

So thanks for making a difficult job more difficult with your peanut gallery heckling.

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Coming from Rubin that was a surprising article. She made several valid points. I liked #2 and #7:-)

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

“The message from the people of Nebraska is simple and powerful: America is looking for real change in Washington, and commonsense conservatives like Deb Fischer represent that change.”

mmmmm, then why weren’t you willing to lead the charge?

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Aren’t you just a little bit glad that Palin has increased Tea Party support and enthusiasm first for Cruz and Mourdock and now Fischer? I know I am. These are good candidates.

Or should she just shut up and be quiet so that we can all cry about how our country is going to hell in a handbasket and there’s nothing to be done about it?

Burke on May 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thanks for the pointed reply. This could apply to many other bashers against those, as Palin, that are doing so much to make a difference. I’ve noticed that these bashers don’t criticize the current Admin/W.H./Dems or even the R’s in Congress. Always those that are doing their best to save this Country.

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

This is only a surprise to the GOP base and not to us that think the Gop base sent us down the toilet in 2008. Stay tuned for some more surprises.

mixplix on May 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You two are cute when you’re mad.

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Dunno about anyone else, but I keep hearing “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”.

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Not quite. Fischer had already moved up to second place Palins’ endorsement. I wish posters here would listen to us Nebraskans. Fischer needed the endorsements, yes, and they all helped her. But she has a solid conservative record, is well respected in the unicameral, and is NOT Stenberg, who runs for everything, or Bruning, who has baggage.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

A lot of people tend to forget the money that a Palin endorsement will bring in. Sure, it’s nice to get the face time, but also Palin supporters have money to send and from what is said here, a good portion of them did just that after her endorsement.

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I know this isn’t new or ground-breaking but it does raise a flag for me that some, perhaps even a sizeable amount, of people would switch their choice of candidate due to a third-party endorsement.
Maybe it’s just my wishful thinking that people would pick their candidates on the issues.

Grindstone on May 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thanks for the pointed reply. This could apply to many other bashers against those, as Palin, that are doing so much to make a difference. I’ve noticed that these bashers don’t criticize the current Admin/W.H./Dems or even the R’s in Congress. Always those that are doing their best to save this Country.

bluefox on May 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Was swimming nicely along reading people being happy at the very real chance of picking up a blue seat and how Palin still has influence and then that schizophrenic screed. Maybe if more people weren’t like that fool, then she might have ran.

Might have been a little rude about it though. *shrug*

I’m d*mned grateful that she’s out there doing something. She could be holed up somewhere counting her cash. No. She’s out there taking pot shots from tools and making endorsements instead.

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Not surprising that loyalty means nothing to you. It’s connected to honor and integrity.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I figured someone would throw out that vapid line.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Might want to read a little before posting. Prometheus blew your comment out of the water 46 minutes before you posted it by citing before/after poll results.

If the reports are true that Fischer was 16 points behind last week prior to the Palin endorsement then surging to a 6 point victory has got to be one of the greatest last minute surges of all time.
I have never believed that political endorsements have much effect with the electorate. I am shocked at this result. This is a stunning election result that is going to resound across the nation.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Akzed also posted and blew your comment out of the water. Although it was only 36 minutes before you posted.

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

If I were you, I’d be quite embarrassed about losing an argument before the words are even out of your mouth!

dominigan on May 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

More examples of confusing correlation with causation.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You wominfolk are so catty sometimes.

meow

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Mew

Meow on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

LOL! What just happened?!

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You assume “Bluegill” had any credibility to begin with. He/She is just about the worst Mittbot to appear on HotAir. So bad that I think many here has turned anti-Romney solely because of Bluegill’s insane rants.

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Late to the party but I never considered bluefish to be a conservative or Republican. She mocks HA with the obvious “blue” part of her name. She is playing the part of a deranged Mittbot, a really deranged Mittbot. My guess is she is either from MoveOn or OfA, a definite Moby.

Fallon on May 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

kim roy on May 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Damn right. Huzzah!

Fallon on May 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Also, just out of sheer, absolute spite and frustration, instead of checking any of the four presidential candidates, I wrote in Paul Ryan. It doesn’t make any difference since the true primary isn’t until July and we all know Romney will win that, but I just wanted to tell somebody I’m less than impressed with the field the ballot offered.

catsandbooks on May 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

So you voted for a guy who voted for TARP, the auto bailouts, confiscating CEO bonues, etc.?

Wow.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Has the lamestream media started calling Nebraska voters white racist rednecks yet?

Decoski on May 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

You wominfolk are so catty sometimes.

meow

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Mew

Meow on May 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM
LOL! What just happened?!

tom daschle concerned on May 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I heard you call me. Didn’t know you speak cat too.

Meow on May 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Awesome.

But if Conservatives continue to gain office and things don’t improve, then we’re facing the possibility of being ruled by hardcore Socialists down the line who will make Obambi look like a
Blue Dog Democrat.

The problem is, I don’t believe Conservative politicians can fix the economy (directly for sure) anymore I believe these Liberals can fix it.

A true Conservative has no programs in mind and the idea of the government fixing problems concerning wealth creation and the private sector would never occur to him/her. So, the best Conservatives would do nothing but roll back government spending and interference.

So, if the economic problems are actually systemic, we’re screwed no matter how many Conservatives get elected.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Congrats to Deb Fischer!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

So you voted for a guy who voted for TARP, the auto bailouts, confiscating CEO bonues, etc.?

Wow.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

And you’re a fan of a guy who in his congressional career has scarfed down that pork barrel slop from the feeding-tough with the best of them. So?

ddrintn on May 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

A true Conservative has no programs in mind and the idea of the government fixing problems concerning wealth creation and the private sector would never occur to him/her. So, the best Conservatives would do nothing but roll back government spending and interference.

So, if the economic problems are actually systemic, we’re screwed no matter how many Conservatives get elected.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

That’s the American Spirit! lol

It is my view that these multitude of government programs are precisely the reason we are where we are today.

Why should the feds get yet even more power to regulate and interfere with natural economic activities, when it is their interference that has mucked everything up to start with?

Would we have had the Housing Crash of ’08 if there were no Community Reinvestment Act signed by President Carter, and then used as the basis for President Clinton’s Justice Department to threaten financial institutions with government action against them if they did not provide credit to those who were unworthy of credit, based on their race instead of financial soundness?

Remember, Obama represented ACORN as an attorney in their lawsuit against a large bank on the grounds that their lending standards were racist.

I think not. Perhaps the housing boom wouldn’t have been quite so boomy, but that would have been a small price to pay to avoid the inevitable crash.

We are seeing similar results with this “green energy” push from DC. They do not have economic interests in mind, it always boils down to political considerations above all others when you get DC politicians handing out our money.

Brian1972 on May 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

So you voted for a guy who voted for TARP, the auto bailouts, confiscating CEO bonues, etc.?

Wow.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Nobody is perfect, but at least Paul Ryan doesn’t flirt around with Stormfront, or co-author a Defense Appropriations bill with Barney’s Frank that would completely cripple the United States Military.

Rep. Dennis “the menace” Kucinich (D-OH) immediately attached his name as a co-sponsor on the bill as soon as he saw it. Does that not raise an alarm bell for you? It sure does me. Dr. Paul cannot be trusted when it comes to protecting America. His views are simply out of touch with the real world we exist in. This is not Constitutional Theory, or an academic pursuit. It is our security.

I cannot ever forgive that man for his “9-11 truther” flirtations either. Shameful.

Brian1972 on May 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Has the lamestream media started calling Nebraska voters white racist rednecks yet?
Decoski on May 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Nelson and Kerry think we are all mindless robots who do the bidding of the evil Ricketts family.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Congrats to Deb Fischer!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Nice comment! ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Has the lamestream media started calling Nebraska voters white racist rednecks yet?
Decoski on May 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Nelson and Kerry think we are all mindless robots who do the bidding of the evil Ricketts family.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

To be honest the Omaha world herald had a front page story yesterday with Ben Nelson and Chuck Hagel crying about “partisan rigidity” in the republican party, blaming it on the tea party. Whats real rich in it is Hagel saying Reagan wouldnt recognize this republican party. The OWH has been shifting left over the past decade or so but you really see the difference in the reporting since Buffett bought the paper.

Sultanofsham on May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

– It was a bad night for the Club For Growth, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and FreedomWorks: The pro-Don Stenberg groups spent over $2 million combined. And for what? A distant third place finish for a well-known statewide official. The $2 million spent in Nebraska would be awfully useful in expensive Texas, where all three groups are backing Ted Cruz.

This is typical inside the beltway thinking. DeMint didn’t “lose”, he was against Bruning winning, his group ran ads attacking Bruning, and he ended up getting another nominee who would side with him over McConnell anyway. I’d say he’s surprised, but happy. Now on to Texas…

Daemonocracy on May 16, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Wow. The Twerp once again displays her deep seated issues with Palin getting attention. Innumerable people have accused Twerp of being jealous and for good reason. Just consider her posting history and all that it reveals.

It’s really transparent.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Sultanofsham on May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Do Hagel and Nelson think they are still relevant here? What a joke.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Do Hagel and Nelson think they are still relevant here? What a joke.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Both of them are so arrogant that they assume Nebraskans will always take their words as Gospel truth. Denial is not just a river in Egypt!

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I cannot ever forgive that man for his “9-11 truther” flirtations either. Shameful.

Brian1972 on May 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Have a waaahburger and some french cries. We’re not bringing up the right wing’s flirtations with the sore-loser Birthtards on a regular basis, now are we?

It’s your sides’ turn to build a bridge and get the heck over it.

MelonCollie on May 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Do Hagel and Nelson think they are still relevant here? What a joke.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

They are punchlines to jokes in this state. I’m dead serious.

MelonCollie on May 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Wow. The Twerp once again displays her deep seated issues with Palin getting attention. Innumerable people have accused Twerp of being jealous and for good reason. Just consider her posting history and all that it reveals.

It’s really transparent.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM

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Ooooh . . . she’ll get you, for that. : )

listens2glenn on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I work in Omaha and live in Council Bluffs, IA.

The reason why Stenberg didn’t catch on even though he was probably the best Tea Party candidate is because he has run for office so much and lost too many times and people in Nebraska told me that Fischer was new and Stenberg was thought of as deadwood or ‘his time has passed’ type thing. Fischer is certainly more conservative than the GOPe candidate Bruning.

But, when Sarah endorsed, that make it safer to vote for her because Sarah is trusted. Many Republicans in Nebraska think Sarah is a good woman and trustworthy.

KirknBurker on May 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

This is amazing. I believe I just heard Karl Rove (speaking with Greta on FOX) give the credit for Fischer’s win to the Repubstablishment. What gall! He claims that they all got fed up with Bruning and Stenberg for ripping on each other and then started calling around to their peeps in Nebraska and heard nothing but good things about Fischer and well, now, they were right about her along. Hey Rover, I think you and the boys need to go stand in the corner with OverblownEgoPrezuhdunce bcuz the women get the spotlight this time and y’all had nothin’ to do with it. Fischer scored with a nice assist from Palin. Well done, ladies. Go get ‘em in November.

stukinIL4now on May 17, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Not surprising that loyalty means nothing to you. It’s connected to honor and integrity.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I figured someone would throw out that vapid line.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Vapid: adjective 1. lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat: vapid tea. 2. without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious.
Fits you like a glove, Dante.

Extrafishy on May 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

But, when Sarah endorsed, that make it safer to vote for her because Sarah is trusted. Many Republicans in Nebraska think Sarah is a good woman and trustworthy.

I live in NE as well, although I don’t have quite the same view as you. I don’t know that it was the endorsement as much as it was the cash that came into Fischer’s coffers.

She is certainly likeable and absolutely had the best ground game, crisscrossing the state over the last several months. I think Nebraskans felt more comofortable voting for her once they saw her on television, which she couldn’t afford to do prior to the endorsement. I don’t know how much it had to do with Palin herself.

As others have pointed out Deb won because there were only positive ads from Deb herself, and all the negative ads from Bruning and Stenberg against each other. They hadn’t paid any attention to her throughout the entire campaign and didn’t have time to pivot to attack her in the last week. It was truly perfect timeing on the surge.

I watched her performances in several debates and was not impressed. I had the opportunity to meet with her amongst a small group of local businessmen and was blown away. She is much better in townhall style events in comparison to debates. I hope she can improve her debating skills against Bob Kerrey as he swerves violently to the middle from his positions over the last 12 years living in NY.

In my opinion Bob is running as a poor man’s Ben Nelson, and Nebraskan’s will not make the mistake of electing a centrist dem. again. Those who didn’t know before, now know the dangers that one wrong vote can have (ObamaCare).

I plan on putting a Bob Kerrey for NY Senate sign right next to my Deb Fischer for NE Senate sign in my front yard.

I was lucky enough to vote last week (early voting) and then was in DC on Tuesday, Primary Day, to meet with my elected officials. NE certainly was the talk of the town, and I had the inside scoop from the homestate. It was kind of amusing to have political operatives and DC regulars asking me about what was happening in Nebraska. I am just a lowly citizen who happened to be in town to excercise my rights as a citizen to have the ear of my representatives.

weaselyone on May 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

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