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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God Speed, Deb Fischer.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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

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

Don’t be too certain about that. It was he that took the first shot against Palin and then his GOP cronyism crowd followed in lockstep by Krauthammer, Cheney, Coulter,Christie, Will,Noonan, Ingraham and Parker, in destroying her candidacy. Then he managed, with the GOP establishment, to put in Mr.Etch-a-sketch, of whom we can never be certain how he’ll govern, only that he’s hopefully better than the Marxiah-in chief.

Don L on May 16, 2012 at 9:50 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

MEOWWWWWW!!!

Why not just change your moniker to greengill, because that’s the color that shows through in every Palin post you comment on?

#War

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 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

Kerry isn’t “in.” Just a carpetbagging liberal.

And, yes, it seems the reported death of the TPM was premature wishful thinking by the media.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Oh I love the smell of a Palin victory in the morning!

Palin: Vision for America!
Gay Conservative Out!

Stryker83 on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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

Here ya go! And it’s on sale!

http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radicals-Saul-Alinsky/dp/0679721134

VegasRick on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 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

And which presidential candidate did you / do you support?

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Look who is projecting! Hey you commies hate Palin for whatever reason. Strong conservative women clearly intimidate you but the fact of the matter is that Palin is still an influence in politics. I don’t want to see her in the White House but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a player in Republican politics. Deal with it.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Here ya go! And it’s on sale!

http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radicals-Saul-Alinsky/dp/0679721134

VegasRick on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

No, Rules for Radicals is their Bible, along with the Communist Manifesto. I mean a day-to-day guide. I never know what is racist, what is code for being racist, what a war on women is supposed to look like, etc.. It’s just all so confusing, and I think the 85% of the country that is not liberal needs a guide to follow the logic.

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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

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

Bait fish is swimming scared!

dominigan on May 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Oh I don’t know. Rand Paul backed Stenberg and he lost while Palin backed Fischer who won. That’s evidence enough for me.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

It’s just all so confusing, and I think the 85% of the country that is not liberal needs a guide to follow the logic.

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

That’s just it. Liberalism and logic are like oil and water. There’s no logic at all in their modus operendi

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This story is great, but hurts my heart at the same time.

In Texas, David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are duking it out, while one of the most impressive, conservative young voices, Lela Pittenger, another humble, non-establishment outsider who has been criss-crossing Texas for 27 months in her car, just can’t seem to get traction. I wish Palin had endorsed her. She would absolutely have fallen in love with her! As did Mark Davis, Limbaugh fill-in, who emceed a forum with Lela participating.

A new Palin in the wings was over looked. Sad.

parteagirl on May 16, 2012 at 10:01 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

Deb Fischer & Tom Hansen Pro Keystone Pipeline

Deb Fischer Announces Policy Proposal to Reform Congress, Washington D.C.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Ahhh…Sarahcuda…Eating away at the RINO establishment one bite at a time!

pannw on May 16, 2012 at 10:03 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

MEOWWWWWW!!!

Why not just change your moniker to greengill, because that’s the color that shows through in every Palin post you comment on?

#War

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Bluegill has a point. Palin’s help pushed Fischer over-but now it’s time to focus on the candidate…NOT the one who endorsed her.
Palin’s not running this time around. We need to keep our eyes on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

parteagirl on May 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

If she’s genuine, her time will come. Let her get elected to a state wide office of some kind and then she will be valuable back up in years to come.

promachus on May 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Deb Fischer & Tom Hansen Pro Keystone Pipeline

Deb Fischer Announces Policy Proposal to Reform Congress, Washington D.C.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Sweet!!!

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

parteagirl on May 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Who?
Cruz is by far the best choice and has the best shot against Dewhurst.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I love it when sarah kicks the republican establishment in the groin!

Danielvito on May 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

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

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

“R” = HORRIBLE!!!
“D” – Fantastic!
* Anything said to promote “R” – racist, bigoted, hatred, mysogonist.

VegasRick on May 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Bluegill has a point. Palin’s help pushed Fischer over-but now it’s time to focus on the candidate…NOT the one who endorsed her.
Palin’s not running this time around. We need to keep our eyes on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Based on the scant details in the post, it was a great win. Here’s to the hope that she’s the real deal.

peski on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

A new Palin in the wings was over looked. Sad.

parteagirl on May 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Looks like a great person, but she might want to get her feet wet at the state level before jumping to the US Senate.

CTSherman on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 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

Let me see if I got this right…..
Palin can “make the king” and can “rally the troops”, but can’t actually become the king.
That honor goes to someone more deserving….like Mitt Romney. Yep, clear as mud.

tencole on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

No, Rules for Radicals is their Bible, along with the Communist Manifesto. I mean a day-to-day guide. I never know what is racist, what is code for being racist, what a war on women is supposed to look like, etc.. It’s just all so confusing, and I think the 85% of the country that is not liberal needs a guide to follow the logic.

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The simpe guide looks like this:

Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, white people = racists

Anything the ‘racists’ do, say, think, like = racism

Democrats, liberals, leftists, freaks and weirdos of all kinds = never racists

Anything the ‘never racists’ do, say, think, like (even if identical to what the ‘racists’ do, say, think, like) = not racism

Any hate directed at white people = never racism

Any hate directed at conservative minorities = never racism

Blacks can never be racists, and anything a member of a ‘racist’ group says to or about a black is racism.

Asians and hispanics can be racists, but only if they are attacking blacks.

kbTexan on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Bluegill has a point. Palin’s help pushed Fischer over-but now it’s time to focus on the candidate…NOT the one who endorsed her.
Palin’s not running this time around. We need to keep our eyes on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Deb Fischer & Tom Hansen Pro Keystone Pipeline

Deb Fischer Announces Policy Proposal to Reform Congress, Washington D.C.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Funny thing about most of us Palin supporters who “seem to think that she’s the center of the conservative universe” ALT, we’re capable of giving Palin whatever credit she may be due in helping a candidate win and able to “focus on the candidate” at the same time.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Sarah Palin is the reason I donated to Debras campaign and it pushed her across the line at the end (way across). Anyone that denies that is just like a lib, arguing against the facts. 22 point swings over a couple of weeks in a 3 person race just do not magically happen.

It takes serious balls to put your political rep on the line as Sarah has done over and over for candidates that are behind and running against establishment types. Her endorsement is worth more than any other politician that I can think of right now as it brings a load of cash and people willing to help.

jdsbengaltiger on May 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Based on the scant details in the post, it was a great win. Here’s to the hope that she’s the real deal.

peski on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

http://www.debfischer2012.com/

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

peski on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Palin’s also endorsed Cruz. Her support certainly helps him-with out a doubt. He’s the candidate-not her.
I live in Texas-so the outcome of this race will affect me and mine directly. I hope that in 2 weeks, Ted kicks butt.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

WAR ON WOMEN!!!! O wait…

Good for her! As for the rest of the life long, spineless pubs… watch out…. you could be next. Grow some for once and become CONSERVATIVE !

watertown on May 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I’m not ‘supporting’ Palin-because she’s not running for anything. I AM supporting candidates like Mitt, Cruz, Chris Winn, and Charles Perry.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I can see Ted Cruz for the win, from my house!

I’ve volunteered for the upcoming GOP Convention here in Ft. Worth, which is only 5 miles away from where I live.

First time in my life I have volunteered for anything, besides just donating money to various candidates.

I sure like seeing these Conservatives winning with Sarah’s Tiffany stamp of approval.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 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

I’ve known some conservative folks living there.
But I think most of us can agree those big cities seem to attract more liberals than the countryside does.

Badger40 on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Palin’s also endorsed Cruz. Her support certainly helps him-with out a doubt. He’s the candidate-not her.
I live in Texas-so the outcome of this race will affect me and mine directly. I hope that in 2 weeks, Ted kicks butt.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Sounds like Palin’s getting you a bit wee weed up again..:)

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Funny thing about most of us Palin supporters who “seem to think that she’s the center of the conservative universe” ALT, we’re capable of giving Palin whatever credit she may be due in helping a candidate win and able to “focus on the candidate” at the same time.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Yes, believe it or not…..Palin supporters can multi task. :)

tencole on May 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Not really-but her cultists are.
When they come out-so do my claws.
As i’ve said-her endorsement is gold-but in order to win …ya know…the ELECTION we need to focus on those who chose to run.
Palin should not allow herself to become the center of attention-because if she’s the Belle of the Ball-then the ‘eyes’ aren’t on the candidates.
Thank you, Gov. Palin for your endorsement of Ted Cruz. We the people of the Lone Star State can take it from here.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

jdsbengaltiger on May 16, 2012 at 10:18 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

I was shocked as well. I had no idea who she was or that she was in the race till Palin endorsed her. Better do some research.

Husker_red on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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

With absolutely no evidence to back this up.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Fischer was not showing up in polls until a few weeks ago, and really started to move after the Palin endorsement.

Denial and other phases of mourning only adds to the joy of another Palin victory.

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.

WhatNot on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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

Here is how it actually works;

Woman + Liberal = Woman (Victim and Indipendant)

Woman + Conservative = Something other than human and definatly NOT a woman. Fair game for any comedian along with all of her family.

jaydee_007 on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Bluegill has a point. Palin’s help pushed Fischer over-but now it’s time to focus on the candidate…NOT the one who endorsed her.
Palin’s not running this time around. We need to keep our eyes on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Palin helped a number of conservatives win nominations and elections in 2010. While some of her supporters brag about her accomplishments, have you ever heard her take credit for Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley or any of the other people she endorsed?

bw222 on May 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I’m not ‘supporting’ Palin-because she’s not running for anything. I AM supporting candidates like Mitt, Cruz, Chris Winn, and Charles Perry.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

No, she’s not running for anything. But why does it bother you and bluegill so much that people who admire her are celebrating the victory that she and others helped Mrs. Fischer obtain?

Conservative women groups like She-Pac are recognizing Palin’s contribution, even though She-Pac was a great help to Fischer’s victory also, and they’ve already started their work to help her win against Kerry in November.

It’s amazing what women of one mind can accomplish when the green-eyed monster is removed from the picture.

“*I call ‘em as I see ‘em.*”

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

I’m happy to see Fischer as our candidate. She is going to need real fire in the belly to beat Kerrey, though. That has to include separation from Kerrey and making sure the voters understand that he is truly a liberal, rather than the non-partisan voice he promises to be in the TV ads he’s currently running.

HuskerNate on May 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

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

No Sir!

tacodawn on May 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

As i’ve said-her endorsement is gold
annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Palin should not allow herself to become the center of attention-
annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

By what? Endorsing people?

Dongemaharu on May 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I like Palin . . . not too much a fan of her fans . . . but truthfully, her endorsement wouldn’t be a guide for whom I would vote.

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Should I care what you think?

:-)

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Another Angle or O’Donnell?

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Not likely. In the sense that the Republican Establishment may now have figured out that the Base isn’t going to ‘Straighten up and Fly Right’ if they trash all the candidates that the base decides they want to elect instead of the milquetoast they are offered.

In those cases you heard the Establishment Mouthpieces start in within hours of thier nomination carping about what had been done. This time round they’ve figured out where there bread is buttered, and the fact that while the Tea Party doesn’t need them in order to accomplish their goals, they (the Republican party) need the Tea Party if they actually want to gain a majority in the Senate.

jaydee_007 on May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Another Angle or O’Donnell?

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No. She is a solid, seasoned legislator. She is also fortunate in timing and mood of the state, with Karpetbaggin’ Kerrey as an opponent and the embarrassment created by Ben Nelson still fresh in our minds.

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Living in Nebraska, I can tell you that the Palin endorsement may have helped some but and endorsement from any national figure would have had about the same impact.

The bigger reason Deb Fischer won is because people were tired of Brunning and Stenberg bickering back and forth and backing from Joe Ricketts (TD Ameritrade founder).

She also traveled the state and campaigned to the smaller counties where she won by large margins.

I’m not putting down Palin at all and I’m glad she endorsed Fischer but this win had more to do with local politics than with an endorsement from a national figure.

Midwesterner on May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

One good thing Fischer has going for her is a lack of baggage compared to Bruning and Stenberg. There were Dem operatives here in NE that, on the surface, were giddy over the prospect of “October surprise” material that would be trotted out against Bruning.

Kerrey, on the other hand, has a long and illustrious record that I hope Fischer will exploit to the fullest extent.

HuskerNate on May 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’m happy to see Fischer as our candidate. She is going to need real fire in the belly to beat Kerrey, though. That has to include separation from Kerrey and making sure the voters understand that he is truly a liberal, rather than the non-partisan voice he promises to be in the TV ads he’s currently running.

HuskerNate on May 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

That’s what opposition research is for. Kerry hasn’t been quiet while he’s been out of office, he’s a frequent guest on Imus in the Morning. Imus is a friend of Kerry’s and is on his band wagon. Fischer’s campaign can start by going through Kerry’s appearances on Imus in the Morning and You Tube.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

A Palin endorsement doesn’t mean anything. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Tomolena1 on May 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Kerrey, on the other hand, has a long and illustrious record that I hope Fischer will exploit to the fullest extent.

HuskerNate on May 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Yep. Plus, the example of Dick Lugar’s residence and Beltway insider issues are ripe, low hanging fruit to be plucked.

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I like Palin . . . not too much a fan of her fans
Voter from WA State

An odd statement.

What’s bugging you about Palin’s fans?

Typicalwhitewoman on May 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I thought Rove said this woman’s endorsemnt isn’t
worth Snot??

Well Karl, you’ve become Butt Snot.

ToddPA on May 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That’s just it. Liberalism and logic are like oil and water. There’s no logic at all in their modus operendi

Benedict Nelson on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The media, celebrities, college professors, DWS, and other liberals seem to follow a code, so one has to exist. It would just help the world greatly if they publish it for us common folk.

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Midwesterner on May 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I agree with that.

a capella on May 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I would like to find out why Fischer has a chance to win. Not hear about Palin’s endorsement.

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I will have to break this up since HA only permits 2 links per comment.

http://www.debfischer2012.com/

YouTube results for Deb Fischer

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I would like to find out why Fischer has a chance to win. Not hear about Palin’s endorsement.

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Sen. Deb Fischer District 43 News and Information

Senator Deb Fischer biography and voting record

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

More news of a shake up. In Syosset, NY Joshua Lafazen an 18 year old won a seat on the local school board. His platform was based on the fact the current school board and awarded a $500,000 plus a year salary to the school superintendent. The school district has less than 7,000 students, one high school.

He won big…82% of the vote…

It seems another candidate who also ran based on the school board actions is awarding such outrageous salaries also won another seat.

Fox Business had Mr. Lafazen on this morning.

Congratulations.

DVPTexFla on May 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Palin Power. There’s never been a political star like Sarah whose endorsement carried so much weight. Bill Clinton, JFK, Obama, all stars too. But not like Sarah. It’s the old E.F. Hutton line … “When Sarah Palin talks, people listen”.

Paul-Cincy on May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Living in Nebraska, I can tell you that the Palin endorsement may have helped some but and endorsement from any national figure would have had about the same impact.

The bigger reason Deb Fischer won is because people were tired of Brunning and Stenberg bickering back and forth and backing from Joe Ricketts (TD Ameritrade founder).

She also traveled the state and campaigned to the smaller counties where she won by large margins.

I’m not putting down Palin at all and I’m glad she endorsed Fischer but this win had more to do with local politics than with an endorsement from a national figure.

So Deb Fisher would have gone from 16 down to winning by 10000 without Sarah Palin endorsement? Seriously?
I am 100% certain that Deb Fisher would be a distant 3rd had Sarah endorsement not given her momentum and out her on the Map (even in Nebraska). What Sarah Palin does is made people aware of you because of the press she generates…Deb Fisher was an afterthought until Sarah gave her press and made her ligit.

You can downplay Sarah Palin effect all you want but Deb Fisher knows she wouldn’t have won without Sarah Palin…Just as Nikki Haley knows taht she wouldn’t be governor without Sarah Palin…Ayotte wouldn’t have won her primary without Sarah, John McCain would have lost his primary if Sarah had not helped him.

jules on May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I would like to find out why Fischer has a chance to win. Not hear about Palin’s endorsement.

Voter from WA State on May 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Sarah Palin is popular with the TEA party movement which has been pronounced DEAD by the Media. Just ask Dick Lugar what difference a Palin endorsement makes after he spent 36 years in the United States Senate.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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

milcus on May 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

War on women??….How about a “War By Women”….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YjRwbOVoeco

tencole on May 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Bam! Way to make ‘em taste the nightstick Nebraska….great job!
Early voting in Texas has begun…and we have put up our first ever yard sign at the rwb house – it’s for Ted Cruz. Met his father recently and wow…Rafael Cruz has lived the nightmare of Cuba and the dream of America. Since apples don’t usually fall very far from the tree, Ted Cruz will be good for Texas and America! If you don’t believe me about trees & apples…just look at the Barack Obamas.
I’m getting excited about what our new Republican Senate might look like….except for Maine…what the hell is going on up there? Help them Sarah, help them!

redwhiteblue on May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

War on women??….How about a “War By Women”….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YjRwbOVoeco

tencole on May 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That’s an excellent ad by ShePac.

Finally someone is focusing on the problem “Harry Reid”.

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I love Sarah Palin and what she’s doing for our country! Those who criticize Palin for being a radical purist who only backs extremists who can never win in the generals really don’t get her. She did NOT back Sharron Angle until after Sharron won the primary. When I hear that Palin is backing someone (like Mourdock, Cruz or Fischer), I immediately send money. I bet there are a lot others out there who are doing the same. This isn’t all about numbers in polls (note to squishy moderates); it’s also about passion, financial support and volunteer help.

It’s also not just about boilerplate conservative vs. liberal positions. Palin is a real reformer, and we have way too few of those. She’s working just as hard or harder to clean up corruption and break up old-boy networking in the Republican party as she is to get politicians elected who might say all the “right things” at stage-crafted interviews.

I’m grateful and relieved that Palin has not forgotten us and is now injecting herself back into public life. I’m worried less about our country as I see more of her, and I’m definitely following her lead.

Burke on May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Fischer was not showing up in polls until a few weeks ago, and really started to move after the Palin endorsement.

Denial and other phases of mourning only adds to the joy of another Palin victory.

WhatNot on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Again, there is no evidence unless you polled voters. This isn’t to say her endorsement wasn’t the cause, but that there is no evidence. Still, people are eager to embrace logical fallacies, especially cum hoc ergo propter hoc.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Occam’s razor

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Great day to be in Nebraska! After about the 10th robo call from Bruning and Stenberg I had had enough. Did not vote for Fischer because she left our class ones hang out to dry but then so did Bruning. Stenberg is a just a useless tool, about the only original thought he has comes from his autonomous nervous systems that tell him whether he has to pee or not. I have dealt with Deb and she seems like a good person, definately conservative. Best she use everything in her arsenal though because Bob will be pulling out all the stops. As for the Palin endorsement, had I known about it earlier I probably would have voted Fischer. My two cents worth….

serenity on May 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Palin rocks, as do the majority of the candidates she has endorsed (Newt was more of a semi-endorsement.) (yes, I am well aware that this is a reasoned and intellectual statement/). If Romney wins, and Palin gets a prominent cabinet position and aquits herself well, she may be able to run again successfully herself. Until then, she should keep promoting conservative candidates.

talkingpoints on May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Occam’s razor

Dr Evil on May 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Occam’s razor wouldn’t support Palin’s endorsement.

We’d also have to greatly assume that the voters even pay any attention to Sarah Palin.

The evidence is lacking.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

We’d also have to greatly assume that the voters even pay any attention to Sarah Palin.

The evidence is lacking.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Quite possibly the dumbest words ever typed into Cybersapce…

ToddPA on May 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

. Until then, she should keep promoting conservative candidates.

talkingpoints on May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

like John McCain?

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

talkingpoints on May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I just don’t see Mittens appointing someone who makes him look so small by comparison. I really expect his appointments to be as bland as he is.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

like John McCain?

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:22 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

Bluegill has a point. Palin’s help pushed Fischer over-but now it’s time to focus on the candidate…NOT the one who endorsed her.
Palin’s not running this time around. We need to keep our eyes on those who are.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You’ve been accused of jealousy before, ABPtwerp. There is little evidence to the contrary…including the post above. It just screams “don’t give her attention!” as you accuse those who thank Palin for helping push Fischer over of not being able to “focus on the candidate.”

Remember, this election isn’t in a vacuum…Palin’s endorsement has weight and it’s been proven far more than thrice.

Pattosensei on May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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

like John McCain?

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Meh, she’s not perfect. I challenge you to find somebody with a better endorsement record though.

Pattosensei on May 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

We’d also have to greatly assume that the voters even pay any attention to Sarah Palin.

The evidence is lacking.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The evidence is there, it your brain that’s lacking..:)

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

It will be difficult for Kerrey to lash out at a woman when he is the carpetbagger. I think the GOP electorate made an astute judgment yesterday.

matthew8787 on May 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

it’s

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

We’d also have to greatly assume that the voters even pay any attention to Sarah Palin.

The evidence is lacking.

Dante on May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The evidence is there, it your brain that’s lacking..:)

idesign on May 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I agree with idesign: I contributed to Fischer solely because of Palin’s endorsement.
Context: I will vote for Romney in November even though I have not supported him in the primaries.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Palin released a statement earlier some of you may have missed./

Next!

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I just don’t see Mittens appointing someone who makes him look so small by comparison. I really expect his appointments to be as bland as he is.

swinia sutki on May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The great thing about the Palin/Romney relationship is that both of them want little to do with the other, and I think their supporters are pretty satisfied with that. Yeah, he wouldn’t consider her for a post, and I doubt she’d be interested.

…at least I hope so!

Dongemaharu on May 16, 2012 at 11:35 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

Way to go, Sarah!

zoyclem on May 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

One new thing about Sarah Palin endorsements: She is giving it to those that actually seek her endorsement. Hopefully they will be decent enough to not run away from her after she helps them win like the ungrateful Nikki Haley

jules on May 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Where is that stench of rotting fish coming from?

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

In Syosset, NY Joshua Lafazen an 18 year old won a seat on the local school board. His platform was based on the fact the current school board and awarded a $500,000 plus a year salary to the school superintendent. The school district has less than 7,000 students, one high school.

He won big…82% of the vote…

DVPTexFla on May 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That’s awesome! Mr. Lafazen if you happen to read this, congratulations and best of luck to you.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

jules on May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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

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