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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Eh, the Wasilla Snowbilly isn’t all that.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

In before the haters (I hope).

bw222 on May 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Bang.

antisocial on May 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Elections are tight when you have a name like hers.

rogerb on May 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

It is AS IMPORTANT to make sure we nominate conservatives and cull the RINOs from our party as it is to defeat democrats.

If we replace a democrat with a RINO, we’ve accomplished nothing except weakening our brand.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I know many Cornhuskers.
They are SO sick of the BS. Tea Party types all the way.
But they’re ranchers.
I imagine the city folk as always, are mostly on the other side.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Nice accompanyment to my coffee this morning…

PatriotRider on May 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Sa-weet!!!

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I imagine the city folk as always, are mostly on the other side.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Not all “city folk” are liberals.

gophergirl on May 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Thanks for noting Gov.Palin and the tea party types are different when it comes to endorsing. Too often, they are both clubbed together and Palin’s role is totally omitted.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Good for her.

gophergirl on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Palin’s endorsement is worth more than all the others combined. Mourdock and now Fischer. Next Cruz.

huckleberryfriend on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I love the justice of God this morning! Another establishment RINO (and a @#$%&*%$# to boot) sent packing.

WannabeAnglican on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Ha ha ha ha! Sarah Palin you are so insignificant! Ha ha ha!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

If we replace a democrat with a RINO, we’ve accomplished nothing except weakening our brand.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Amen. And since Mitt Romney has a history of “re-evaluating his decisions,” we need as many conservatives in Congress to help him make the right choices.

bw222 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

“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

Things aren’t too looking good for the flop-eared fairy fudge pushing f@g occupying my white house right now, are they?

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I think Fischer will do just fine in November. I’m sure she at least isn’t booed out of pizza joints.

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Palin’

s endorsement is worth more than all the others combined. Mourdock and now Fischer. Next Cruz.

huckleberryfriend on May 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

And, she doesn’t even leave her family room.

bw222 on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I be liking this trend.

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

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

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Stop being a petulant child. She will. When the time comes.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This was quite the upset and obviously a huge win for Palin too.

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

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

“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

She IS leading the charge. Why does one have to run for President in order to affect change? Look at what she helped do in Indiana and now Nebraska. If her endorsement also manages to put Cruz over the top here in Texas, then I think she’ll have proven she’s got plenty of pull within the party despite not holding any elected office.

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

C’mon, Sarah! Endorse Hatch’s cannibalistic opponent!!

SouthernGent on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Congratulations to Deb Fischer.
********************************

by Sarah Palin on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9:35pm ·
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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. 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. I applaud Moms like Deb Fischer who are bold enough to step up and run on a conservative platform to restore America and protect our children’s future. Congratulations to the people of Nebraska.

As the Huskers’ fight song goes: “The eyes of the land, upon every hand, are looking at you. Fight on for victory!”

- Sarah Palin

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150823185798435

canopfor on May 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

canopfor on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I gotta’ give this one to Palin. I have a die hard democrat relative in Nebraska that voted republican for the first time in her life in 2008 because of Palin. And she has been very mad at democrats since for the way Palin was treated. She went for Fischer because of Palin.

More of a long shot than Cruz in Texas, but if giving the credit to Palin for a Cruz victory is what it takes for a victory, I’m with it.

cozmo on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Amen. And since Mitt Romney has a history of “re-evaluating his decisions,” we need as many conservatives in Congress to help him make the right choices.

bw222 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

While I hold out hope that Romney will govern as the conservative he claimed to be in the primaries, I agree with you.

The best way to ensure the success of President Romney will be a strong CONSERVATIVE majority in Congress. If we get that, our worst case scenario is Romney is forced to be a rubber stamp for a Congress that is getting things done. It would neutralize any “evolutionary” tendencies.

wildcat72 on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Palin-Endorsed Deb Fischer Wins in Nebraska; Updated: Gov. Palin Congratulates Fischer
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 20:59
***************************

Governor Palin endorsed Deb Fischer, and everything changed. Immediately, the Fischer campaign received a boost. The Governor recorded a robocall for her, Todd Palin recorded another robocall, and now the results are in. Deb Fischer has been declared the winner in the Nebraska U.S. Senate Primary.

Congratulations to Deb Fischer, and a huge thank-you to Governor Palin, who is 2 for 2 in endorsements. Last Tuesday, Palin-endorsed Richard Mourdock defeated long-time Senator Richard Lugar, much to the chagrin of the GOP Establishment.

Bring on the sudden and relentless reform!

Update: Governor Palin sent this tweet after the race was called:
=================================================================

Sarah Palin‏@SarahPalinUSA
Congratulations to @DebFischer2012 and the people of Nebraska! #NESen
11:34PM 15 May
***************

https://twitter.com/#!/SarahPalinUSA/status/202602873706647552

http://www.sarahnet.net/adrienne-ross/6722-palin-endorsed-deb-fischer-wins-in-nebraska-updated-gov-palin-congratulates-fischer.html

canopfor on May 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

canopfor on May 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Doughboy….I don’t think she will ever run for another office. She swings more weight from her living room.

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Bitter much?

cozmo on May 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Good. We need more of this. Much more. And now.

As stated by Ed she really needs now to make sure that she defines herself before the Dems do. Since she’s too mature for the “sluts” attack, they’re obviously going to try and go for the “nuts” or “stupid” approach and her team can’t let that stick.

DrAllecon on May 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I imagine the city folk as always, are mostly on the other side.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Not all “city folk” are liberals.

gophergirl on May 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Notice I included that word bcs I actually understand that.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You know the entire beltway is eaten away by their jealousy. They should actually try this. Post a simple facebook note and see if it makes any difference to the candidate. From Paul Ryan to Rick Santorum to everyone in between. Let’s see what they can do and then they can comment on Palin’s influence.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I be liking this trend.

MNHawk on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

+1.

Now we need to make sure Dan Liljenquist defeats Orrin Hatch. The RINOs who helped get us into this mess need the boot!

dogsoldier on May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I imagine the city folk as always, are mostly on the other side.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Pretty much. Bruning won Omaha and Lincoln, Fischer won pretty much everywhere else.

Gianni on May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

SouthernGent on May 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

She likes Hatch. I agree with her. Hatch is next in line for financial committee. It hatch is removed, I am sure, it will got some Bushie.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Tell me in that picture she doesn’t look like Ma Kettle?

PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Not every conservative female politician can be at least moderately attractive. We have to throw those poor folks on the left a bone every now and then(see Brewer, Jan).

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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

Why does one have to run for President in order to affect change?
Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The local fight is often the most important, IMO.
We need to take back our sovereign control of our states.
Rein in the wayward Congressmen & women who have for far too long not done what’s in the best interest of the state ergo the nation.
And NO, the best thing for one’s state is not to Bring Home the Bacon.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

HA! In your FACE establishment!

LtGenRob on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Bruning won Omaha and Lincoln, Fischer won pretty much everywhere else.

Gianni on May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Not having a close connection to nature or the land, or to your neighbor I believe often results in a more liberal political attitude.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

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

I agree. And thankfully she was also no Castle, or she probably wouldn’t have made it, either.

DrAllecon on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

A very perceptive comment from C4P:

I have to say I am amazed at the Nebraska election results. I googled the Nebraska State Eleection Commission to check for the election results. Fischer 79,000 votes to Bruning 69,000 votes. 41% to 35%.

http://electionresults.sos.ne….

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.

Even King Karl Rove is going to have to admit that Palin’s endorsement is worth quite a bit more than snot.

The GOPE has got to be concerned about this. Bruning, the establishment State Attorney General, got 35% of the Republican primary vote. That’s Romney country. 35% support of the base vote is not going to get you elected in a General election.

These guys don’t get it. The public is demanding something. What?

SUDDEN AND RELENTLESS REFORM —-DUMMIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Delegates to Tampa should take note: The GOPE CC and PPC business as usual approach is no longer sufficient. It is a path to defeat. It is taking down local establishment business as usual candidates. It will take down the GOP in the General.

Message to Tampa delegates: Take matters into your own hands! Refuse to be led by the nose to a mind numbing catastrophic defeat at the hands of the GOPE elite. Rise Up! Like these stunning Nebraska Republicans tell the Elites what they can do with their self-serving business as usual.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

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

“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.” -SP

mmmmm, then why weren’t you willing to lead the charge? PappyD61 on May 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

What are you saying, that she didn’t do enough? Apparently she did enough to get her gal elected. Maybe she just doesn’t need to do too much to be effective, meaning that just maybe she’s even more influential than the haters imagine – or will admit.

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

As all of us Palin “haters” said during her strip tease candidacy: she will serve a much more constructive role as a king maker and a troop rallier.

She is at her best and most effective outside the ring.

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Bluegill….did someone pizz in your corn flakes this morning?

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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

Are you saying her endorsement didn’t make a huge difference? According to the trajectory of the poll numbers before and after she backed Fischer, it sure looks like it did.

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Here in Texas, I got a robocall yesterday from Mark Levin for Cruz. Kevin mentioned in the call that Palin is for Cruz. I thought that was kind of interesting.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Levon, not Kevin.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I was a Bruning supporter during the primary, but I can’t say I’m too sad to see Fischer win. She will be a great candidate in the general election and an excellent senator after she kicks Krypt Keeper Kerrey back to NYC. I’m just glad Stenberg was a very distant third–as a long-time Nebraska resident, I can say he’s an immature mudslinger and a liability in general elections.

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Are you saying her endorsement didn’t make a huge difference? According to the trajectory of the poll numbers before and after she backed Fischer, it sure looks like it did.

Doughboy on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Romney supporters will never forgive her for opposing Romney, period.

Doomberg on May 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

You go girl!

Nebraska has to redeem itself from Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback.” This is a good first step.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Levin, not Levon.

Must. Get coffee. Now.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Any mittbots hungry for rino meat? Tastes like crow.

Palin power.

the_nile on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

We are going to get to see the Democrats full blown “War on Women” in this race.

docflash on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Bluegill….did someone pizz in your corn flakes this morning?

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Every morning.

She ain’t very bright either.

cozmo on May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Remember when we were told by the “conservative” pundits that she shouldn’t run, but would have more impact as a “kingmaker”. I wonder if they really thought she’d have the impact she’s having.

tj4osu on May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Odd thing is that Fischer is more of a career politician than Bruning (she has 22 years in political offfice).

AngusMc on May 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

wow. Great story.

Go Huskers!

ted c on May 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

i love the smell of a PALIN smackdown in the morning!!

ToddPA on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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

If reports are true that Fischer was 16 points behind last week prior to the Palin endorsement then surging to a 6 point victory…” promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Apparently she’s more than bluegill gives her credit for.

“On May 8, six-term establishment Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost his primary in Indiana to Richard Mourdock, who had been backed by various Tea Party groups and organizations. Mourdock trounced Lugar, receiving 60 percent of the vote to Lugar’s 40.

“Mourdock had strong backing from the grassroots, but it was Palin’s endorsement days before the primary that effectively administered the coup de grace to Lugar and the GOP establishment. Four hours after Palin’s endorsement, the establishment Republican group, American Action Network, which had pledged to spend nearly $600,000 for Lugar in the last days of the election, saw the writing on the wall and abruptly pulled out of Indiana.

“Last Wednesday in Nebraska, Palin endorsed state Senator Deb Fischer in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary over establishment Republican Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg. Fischer had the support of various grassroots conservative groups statewide but many national conservative groups, such as FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, had spent millions of dollars supporting Stenberg. Many of these groups, especially FreedomWorks, found a potential Bruning nomination to be abhorrent.

Just days after Palin’s endorsement, which gave the Fischer campaign the statewide name identification it craved, Fischer surged in the polls, taking votes from Bruning and Stenberg, and is now within the margin of error before Tuesday’s primary. Palin’s endorsement seems to have coalesced the anti-establishment and anti-Bruning forces around Fischer.” -Brietbart

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

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Mark Levin is for Hatch, too.

pambi on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Support TED CRUZ in Texas

letoile du nord on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

This was quite the upset and obviously a huge win for Palin too.

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

Norwegian on May 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

True. But keep in mind that Rove and his ilk will not just give up and go away quietly. Too many insider cocktail-parties at stake.

bofh on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Eh, the Wasilla Snowbilly isn’t all that.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 8:44 AM

That’s the Thrilla from Wasilla to you! :) And actually she is “all that”. The ‘Cuda has shown time and again that she still has what it takes to be a kingmaker.

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

bluegill, here’s some advice.

Often when you comment here, you alienate people from Romney.

We don’t need that. We need people to rally around Romney so we can get rid of SCOAMF..

Please, if you are going to say something that makes people here hate Romney, please censor yourself in advance. Do it for Mitt.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I hope Sarah does it for Cruz in Texas, too. I know he was “trending” before her endorsement but I heard him on the radio and he was more than thrilled with her endorsement and was very gracious.

Dewhurst says the right things about ObamaCare and taxes, but guy looks like a cross between Cornyn and Boehner. And his Cruz attack ads are despicable, trying to paint him as a Chinese communist. A point that isn’t lost on Cruz, who has made a point saying his parents lived under communism.

Marcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

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 sound exactly like some other “annoying” commenter here. Are you two dating?

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Excellent! We need more good conservative women in the Senate!

Red Cloud on May 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Levin, not Levon.

Must. Get coffee. Now.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

“He was born a pauper to a pawn on Christmas Day”

You mean THAT Levon courtesy of Elton John??

ToddPA on May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Didn’t other big shots endorse Bruning and Sternberg? No one else?

Bluegill….did someone pizz in your corn flakes this morning?

Long haired country boy on May 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Hey now. If Bluegill comes across a stick and some mud, he knows exactly what to do.

Dongemaharu on May 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Pretty much. Bruning won Omaha and Lincoln, Fischer won pretty much everywhere else.

Gianni on May 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

‘Cept for the Sioux City suburbs.

steebo77 on May 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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

The Angle/O’Donnell type candidate was Don Stenberg. He has been losing senatorial elections for decades.

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Apparently she’s more than bluegill gives her credit for.
.
.

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

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:16 AM

She is a willfully ignorant idiot.

Only an idiot would discount the Palin effect in this race.

cozmo on May 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Ed,

You should have corrected Aaron Blake’s quote:

Regardless, Republicans are still heavily favored to hold the seat in the general election…

This race is for the Democrat-held seat Ben Nelson currently holds. If Fischer wins, it would be a Republican pick-up.

Mitoch55 on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Please, if you are going to say something that makes people here hate Romney, please censor yourself in advance. Do it for Mitt.

juliesa on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM

He has no more capacity to make people hate Romney than the Mittbots have to make me like Romney. I’ve already said I will vote for the schmuck to be rid of Obama but I think they want me to pledge fealty to the guy. Not gonna happen.

Extrafishy on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Now let’s kick Bob Kerry out!

THE TEA PARTY IS ALIVE AND WELL! We just have jobs and lives so we don’t have several weeks to waste camping out in a park, while raping girls and pooping on the sidewalk.

jeffn21 on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

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

Project much??

…and your Brain is not the center of much Neuron activity
as much as you seem to think it is…..

ToddPA on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

‘Cept for the Sioux City suburbs.

steebo77 on May 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Did lizzy “where the fakawi” warren pick those up?

VegasRick on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

This was Fischer’s first state-wide race, so she isn’t perceived as the same old same old. She ran a good race and is a solid conservative. Those who say otherwise don’t know what they are talking about. And she will win Lincoln, where she grew up, and Omaha this fall.

NebCon on May 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Romney supporters will never forgive her for opposing Romney, period. Doomberg on May 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Oh so that settles it. Romney goes down and it’s Palinistas’ fault!

The way I see it, endorsements during the primary are like votes during the primary: if your guy doesn’t win -and you’re a grown up- you still support the nominee. Like I said, if you’re a grown up.

Akzed on May 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

“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?

Dude, she IS leading the charge.

grimmtex on May 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

And Palin avoided him while other “conservatives” flocked to him. Though many in the MSM are just eager to tarnish her for bringing in these unelectable people. She avoided Angle too (she should have decided between the other two) but she was slandered for it too. While she had to jump in Delaware because there was no choice except COD and the alternative was Mike Castle.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

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

Based on this comment, I would say that bluegill needs to GrowFins ;)

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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

Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I love it! Were you stomping your foot as you typed that?

Vince on May 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I imagine the city folk as always, are mostly on the other side.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I’m not a psephologist but the folks I know in Omaha are red meat conservatives.

Then again I don’t know Jimmy Buffet Table.

CorporatePiggy on May 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

These guys don’t get it. The public is demanding something. What?

SUDDEN AND RELENTLESS REFORM —-DUMMIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

From your keyboard to the GOP’s ears.

oldroy on May 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I love it! Were you stomping your foot as you typed that?

Vince on May 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

In red CFM pumps.

Extrafishy on May 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I live in Omaha and most of the people that I talked to (friends and coworkers) voted for Deb too! On to defeat Kerrey in the fall and redeem ourselves for the Nebraska Kickback that didn’t help this state at all – just Nelson’s pockets and people.

neconsrv on May 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Saracuda!

petefrt on May 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Wonderful. Thanks, Sarah.
Now, we need Ted Cruz.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

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

I sure hope that Deb Fischer is no Christine O’Donnell or Sharron Angle. Unlike O’Donnell or Angle, Fischer IS a State Senator, like some other candidates elected to the U.S. Senate, such as Barack Obama. Hopefully Fischer can connect with people in Nebraska outside her State Senate district.

But then again, Marco Rubio went from being a State Rep. to U.S. Senator, and Florida is a much more populous state than Nebraska. It can be done.

I’d be curious to find out what Deb Fischer’s position is on the Keystone XL pipeline, since the stumbling block is the route through Nebraska. Fischer could win the election on that issue alone.

Steve Z on May 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Here’s what Public[democrat] Policy Polling said about the race…

We found a very close race with Deb Fischer at 37%, Jon Bruning at 33%, and Don Stenberg at 17%. With the poll’s margin of error at +/-5.9% Fischer’s lead is very much within the margin of error and the race could go either way tonight.

FAIL

SouthernGent on May 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I’d be curious to find out what Deb Fischer’s position is on the Keystone XL pipeline, since the stumbling block is the route through Nebraska. Fischer could win the election on that issue alone.

Steve Z on May 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Especially since she’s from a district located in the Sandhills, where the pipeline was originally supposed to go.

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

“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…”

Read it again Mitt…than read it one more time, than another…you were not selected to be part of the “good old boys”, the pivotal words, “commonsense conservatives”, adopt it, please.

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

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

Wahhhhh! Wahhhhhhh! You little child…..waaaahhhhhh, waaaaaahhhhhh…

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Wonderful. Thanks, Sarah.
Now, we need Ted Cruz.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

It’s about perception and momentum. If people perceive the Tea Party as a juggernaut, it becomes one. Like Oboobi wanting people to perceive him as unbeatable. The momentum is in the wrong direction.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

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