Open thread: Tea time in Nebraska?

posted at 8:01 pm on May 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

With Mitch McConnell pulling away from Matt Bevin in Kentucky and Thad Cochran holding a double-digit lead in Mississippi (although the last poll there was taken over a month ago), tonight might be the last chance for grassroots righties to score a Senate primary win this cycle. Ben Sasse’s led in each of the last three polls in Nebraska and his lead’s gotten bigger each time. Beltway Republicans are now sufficiently glum about stopping him that they’ve resorted to pre-spin as lame as this:

Sasse’s a favorite of right-wing groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is precisely why establishment types wanted to beat him. It’s not that he’s the second coming of Ted Cruz, it’s that those groups are a threat potentially to GOP incumbents everywhere and squashing them across the board this cycle might have neutralized that threat. With no wins to show their donors, tea-party PACs might have seen their funding dry up. As it is, they’ll probably have a nice victory by Sasse tonight to showcase going forward.

Emphasis on “probably.”

For months, [Shane] Osborn and Sasse all but ignored the other GOP candidates in the race as they engaged in a head-to-head showdown for the likely right to succeed outgoing Sen. Mike Johanns in the heavily Republican state.

With the frontrunners battling it out at the top of the polls, outside groups allied with both men became immersed in a brutal game of one-upmanship, launching negative ads that became increasingly personal. But more than a few state Republican voters appear to have been so turned off by the spectacle that they began to look for other options.

With the arrival of Primary Day, the toxic tone that defined the race has provided a surprising opportunity for the partially self-funded [Sid] Dinsdale to swoop in and become a legitimate contender.

Recent public polling has been scare, but interested parties agree privately that Dinsdale’s late surge is real. To find evidence that his rivals are taking the new threat seriously, look to the Nebraska airwaves.

Something like that happened in the last Nebraska Senate primary, when Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg pounded each other while Deb Fischer quietly moved up the polls until finally surging ahead down the stretch. A month ago Dinsdale was in third place, more than 10 points behind the second-place Osborn. As of last week, he was in second place and as many as seven points ahead of Osborn, and possibly closing in on Sasse. That’s the real suspense tonight — not whether Sasse can hold off Osborn but whether he can hold off the businessman Dinsdale. Judging by this response from Mitch McConnell’s camp to Sasse’s peace offering this morning, it sounds like they think he can. An unnamed McConnell ally told NRO that Sasse is a “very practical conservative who’s more interested in achieving the right policy outcome than engaging in a quixotic civil war with his own party.” Sounds like something you’d say of a man you expect to be working with soon.

The Nebraska polls close at 9 p.m. ET. Here’s the Nebraska Secretary of State’s elections page for following the Senate results.


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SparkPlug on May 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM

In case I don’t see you tomorrow, this is it tonight. 13 days 99%

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Who the heck are the “establishment Republicans”? Why don’t you ask the guy who tweeted that?

joana on May 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Uh, they’re exactly what it sounds like they are. Osborne was the treasurer, he has friends in the political class who wanted to help him and possibly owe him favors. Every time a political neophyte tries to enter the ring, the usual suspects circle the wagons. Of course they’ll support Sasse once he wins.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yep, although seems no doubt that T. W. has the momentum.

bazil9 on May 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

You’re welcome.

cat_owner on May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yup…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Team Sasse Post Morten analysis

TruCons should read this and learn a thing or two (it’s exactly what I’ve been saying for awhile so this is probably a lost cause, but still worth a try).

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

If Ricketts pulls this off, I really hope he drops the bald guy schtick in his ads…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

OC,

I’m in Omaha too and agree with you. I’ve been busy but I’m going to start checking out results now.

gmbdds on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Team Sasse Post Morten analysis

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

What the heck is a post morten.

Other than that you are still an insufferable ass.

cozmo on May 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Uh, they’re exactly what it sounds like they are. Osborne was the treasurer, he has friends in the political class who wanted to help him and possibly owe him favors. Every time a political neophyte tries to enter the ring, the usual suspects circle the wagons. Of course they’ll support Sasse once he wins.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Hehehe, Sasse is an Ivy Leaguer who was Fortenberry’s chief of staff and spent years working for the Bush Administration before getting appointed to administrate an university. Out of the political class? C’mon. He’s the prototypical blue blood. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, surely not to me.

If anything, the outsider is Osborn. Took a scholarship to get a degree from a state college, served in the Navy, entered politics to run to Treasurer, abandoned politics after serving a single term and came back to run again.

It’s exactly for the fact Sasse’s career has been mostly in politics (and in DC) that he got the support of all those outside groups – he has friends in most of those, while Osborn was a guy without those contacts, he was the Treasurer of Nebraska for 3 years.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM

GOod Solid B-Plus,

Your take on the Nebraska Senate primary -that Sasse is the outsider and Osborne the establishment type- shows how incredibly gullible you and other TruCons are.

Look at those two men CVs and try to claim that with a straight face.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

The reality is that the Sasse and Clawson races are more representative of a framework for ending the ‘war’ than they are manifestations of battlefield victories. These victories should be used as a road map to evaluate what happens when conservatives support good quality candidates with credible resumes, the ability to articulate a vision, and serious policy solutions. Conservative groups got behind good candidates early and supported leaders who could appeal to GOP Primary voters, donors, activists, leaders, and operatives across the establishment vs. anti-establishment spectrum. In the last two cycles, we saw what happened when anti-establishment candidates with questionable backgrounds or poor campaign skills were nominated in several states. In 2012, other states showed what happened when the establishment worked to manipulate the system to put forward equally flawed candidates who also fared poorly in General Elections in 2012.
The Lesson of the Florida 19 Primary

The lesson of Florida 19 was the strength of a credible candidate who could appeal to the more establishment-minded retired CEOs, executives, and more traditional Republicans in Southwest Florida with his CEO background, while also articulating Constitutional Conservatism to Tea Party voters and earning support from groups such as Tea Party Express. It is accurate that it was a victory for outsiders against the state Senate Majority Leader, but the more relevant story is Clawson’s success appealing to people across both the ideological spectrum and the establishment spectrum because of his strength as a candidate

The insufferable azz would like you to think that any words in the excerpt mean that the establishment drove the conservatives/outsiders/TEA partiers, and not that the one who was supported by Lee/Cruz/Palin, and got the establishment on board won.

Have another drink, or meds.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I’m in Omaha too and agree with you. I’ve been busy but I’m going to start checking out results now.

gmbdds on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Hey. You happy Sasse won? I am in Hanscom Park area, where are you?

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Have another drink, or meds.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

shows how incredibly gullible you and other TruCons are.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

If yours, and others, post primary analysis shows anything. It is how far y’all will go to delude yourselves.

cozmo on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

You scumhag, you call others gullible? Her,slooowwwwly:

The guy whom Palin/Cruz/Lee supported, the one who’s a university type, an outsider, got your gaggle on board and won.

Internalize it you hussie.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Team Sasse Post Morten analysis

joana on May 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

What the heck is a post morten.

Other than that you are still an insufferable ass.

cozmo on May 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

A post mortem is typically done when the patient dies.

When he survives; in fact jumps up from the operating table and does 100 push-ups, Post-Operative Notes generally cover it.

Kind of points up the qualifications of the writer of the memo, yes?

Short Version: Good constitutional conservative who ran a tight campaign.

Miss Manners version: Stupid TruCons you’re all mental.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

S/b Here, slooowwwly:

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Not threatening anyone with rape tonight?

I fully support Ben Sasse in this race. As do Paul Ryan and the Club for Growth.

joana on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Do you understand how you much you’ve lost it mentally? I was supporting Sasse. I’ve met him, I donated to him.

The idea that a guy who spent most of his life working in DC in politics (and for the Bushes, of all people) is an anti-establishment stalwart is laughable though.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Dolce Far Niente, good evening.

Been meaning to tell you two things:

You’re an excellent commenter.

Your nom is delightful.

Cheers

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Moby Rapist?!?!

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Not threatening anyone with rape tonight?

None other than the sheeple who stand still, so that looters can rape them. Then I’ll pour lemon/lime juice on y’all, because you deserve it, and I never care what party you’re from. I hate the DIABLOs more than HA’s slave.

Do you understand how you much you’ve lost it mentally?

Reading this I understand that you’re either drunk or need more meds. Take good care, joana, before you lose it altogether.

I was supporting Sasse. I’ve met him, I donated to him.

Congratulations – your guy won. Now, stfu, you insufferable hussie. Makes one wonder how you react when your guy loses.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I just cracked open a beer, and the thought occurred to me as I read this thread, “Who are the three guys here you would like to meet for a beer…?”

Couldn’t narrow it down to three… But I went with Axe, KCB, Bmore, Koolaid, and Eon… Sparky, OC, and Cozmo gotta be in there, too.

Wolly didn’t make the cut… I want to go to the range with him… Then we can get a beer.

I wish these guys were my friends, here in my town, not faceless internet handles scattered all across the country.

Next round is on me, gents…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Lolz!!!

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Moby Rapist?!?!

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I’m gentle. I pour the lemon/lime juice on, calmly :)

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Crap… A cut and paste wiped Schad off my list…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Who is winning the Governor race in Nebraska?

fight like a girl on May 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Next round is on me, gents…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Lolz! *clink!* Say you are the real one right? : )

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

2014 US elections
42m
Fremont attorney Janet Stewart wins Democratic primary race for Nebraska attorney general – @AP
End of alert
================

2014 US elections
54m
US Rep. Adrian Smith wins GOP primary, defeating Republican challenger in Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District – @AP
End of alert

canopfor on May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

And I shoot that way too.

cozmo on May 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

https://twitter.com/ByronYork/status/466412996643000320

Byron York ‏@ByronYork

No Tea Party rebellion: Source says Ben Sasse called Mitch McConnell tonight, offered his support in Senate. #nesenate

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Sorry… A little drunk and a little morose tonite… I apologize for my lapse in self-editing…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Look at those two men CVs and try to claim that with a straight face.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I’m not going to play class warfare here. I don’t care if he’s an Ivy Leaguer. The guy who was the Treasurer pretty recently has more cachet in the current political machine than the guy who has been working at a university for 5 years. Or do you think the Club for Growth, SCF and other who endorsed Sasse just weren’t aware of his prior work in government?

Let me guess, Ted Cruz also isn’t a “real” Tea Party candidate because of his Ivy League background?

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

*clink*

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Who is winning the Governor race in Nebraska?

fight like a girl on May 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Way too tight right now…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

No Tea Party rebellion: Source says Ben Sasse called Mitch McConnell tonight, offered his support in Senate. #nesenate

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Which means absolutely nothing, right, Ms. Doublespeak?

Of course he’s not going to alienate his majority leader before he even gets sworn in. In practice, we’ll see if he’s more Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. Under your theory, he should be able to be pretty severely conservative, given he’s in a safe red state, unless his party hangs him out to dry.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Sorry… A little drunk and a little morose tonite… I apologize for my lapse in self-editing…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

You be all you want to be. Btw, I’d rather go to the range with you anyway. You’d like that, I promise.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

No Tea Party rebellion: Source says Ben Sasse called Mitch McConnell tonight, offered his support in Senate. #nesenate

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

All this tells us that he’s not with Harry Reid, good thing.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Hey Joanna there is a new open thread about Hillary. Go there ok. The guys there are saying how much they wish you would come.

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Self medicating with alcohol is never a good plan… But you just can’t get any decent street-grade heroin anymore, since the Taliban took over…

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

STFU…

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Yay oligarchs/status quo!

Murphy9 on May 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Troll trolling for trolls.

cozmo on May 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I’m not going to play class warfare here. I don’t care if he’s an Ivy Leaguer. The guy who was the Treasurer pretty recently has more cachet in the current political machine than the guy who has been working at a university for 5 years. Or do you think the Club for Growth, SCF and other who endorsed Sasse just weren’t aware of his prior work in government?

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM

The guy who’s a life-time politician versus the guy who was Treasurer between 07 and 10? Are you serious?

And of course they’re aware – as I said, many are his friends, they all mingled together in DC at some point. Some saw it a positive, some don’t care – they just want to have a candidate from whom they can fundraise off.

But what exactly makes Osborn – the guy who’s spent a term in politics as a state Treasurer – more establishment-y than Sasse, the DC cocktail circuit guy, congressional staffer and former Bush Administration official?

Which means absolutely nothing, right, Ms. Doublespeak?

Of course he’s not going to alienate his majority leader before he even gets sworn in. In practice, we’ll see if he’s more Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. Under your theory, he should be able to be pretty severely conservative, given he’s in a safe red state, unless his party hangs him out to dry.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

He’ll be pretty conservative but Sasse isn’t the blowhard firebrand type, not even close. If you’re expecting that, you’ll be very disappointed. Except something close to Jeff Flake, Thune, etc. A Sunday morning talk show type. Not even close to someone the TruCons might idolize.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

joana, your Cuban Jeantelian sista is leading you astray.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

joana comes all over this thread…for the idiot missing by the Castro brothers.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

You know, I bet Miss Manners uses a lot of Maalox.
All that curdled anger and explosively expressed contempt she clutches to her bosom would give a normal person ulcers.

Really.

I’m sad for her.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

joana comes all over this thread…for the idiot missing by the Castro brothers.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Maybe we can take up a collection and pay her to go away.

HA has a history of obnoxious females: Petunia, the Diva, etc. bluegill makes sense now that she isn’t obsessed with Sarah Palin 24/7.

bw222 on May 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

The guy who’s a life-time politician versus the guy who was Treasurer between 07 and 10? Are you serious?

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Sasse has spent about 4 years in politics, mostly in advisory positions. He was chief of staff for Fortenberry for a grand total of 4 months, a year as a chief of staff at the DOJ, thee months consulting with the DHS and a little over a year as an adviser at HHS. Osborne spent 4 year as treasurer, but was there more recently. Neither one is an “outsider,” but one of them was initially opposed by McConnell and K Street. Do you think they’re completely inept, or maybe…just maybe…they thought Osborne would be more of a team player?

The outsider was Dinsdale, and he couldn’t make a dent. Just another confirmation that politics is a racket, but then again, anybody who pays attention already knew that.

He’ll be pretty conservative but Sasse isn’t the blowhard firebrand type, not even close. If you’re expecting that, you’ll be very disappointed. Except something close to Jeff Flake, Thune, etc. A Sunday morning talk show type. Not even close to someone the TruCons might idolize.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Isn’t Nebraska the exact type of place we should be running a “blowhard firebrand type”? Isn’t that what we do, run the most conservative option possible? That’s why you get a Castle for Delaware but you can afford to run DeMint in SC and Cruz in TX. Isn’t Deb Fischer one of those scary TruCon favorites? She seems to be doing fine.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM

You have a couple choices.
1. Given your close proximity to Nebraska (> 1,400 miles), move here and convince the rest of the state that you are far superior in intelligence.
2. Support the nominee, stop the nonsense.
3. Continue to ruin your credibility.
4. Keep your asinine opinions out of a race that you have zero local knowledge of.

airupthere on May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Oh, and Schad…ty.

You’re a genuinely remarkable part of HA.

Dolce Far Niente on May 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

THIS WOMAN WAS A LYING, UNETHICAL POS 40 YEARS AGO!

But she’s all better now?

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Yeah, I’m drunk… Wrong thread… LOL

PointnClick on May 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Rickets up 1,100 votes on Bruening. 80% reporting.
I miss Senator Flood and wish he would have run.

airupthere on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Thank you, DFN.

——–
PointnClick, if you have not posted the link on the QotD, pls. do so.

Also, have not seen PointAndClick, since your comment the other night. S/b ok, I hope.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Isn’t Nebraska the exact type of place we should be running a “blowhard firebrand type”? Isn’t that what we do, run the most conservative option possible? That’s why you get a Castle for Delaware but you can afford to run DeMint in SC and Cruz in TX. Isn’t Deb Fischer one of those scary TruCon favorites? She seems to be doing fine.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

No.

You seem under the impression that being a blowhard is conservative. There’s nothing conservative about being blowhard. Those loud blusterers can be conservatives, like Bachmann or liberals, like Alan Grayson, to give extreme examples.

It’s just a matter of tone and style, not of ideology.

Hard to classify Deb Fisher as a blowhard .

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

You have a couple choices.
1. Given your close proximity to Nebraska (> 1,400 miles), move here and convince the rest of the state that you are far superior in intelligence.
2. Support the nominee, stop the nonsense.
3. Continue to ruin your credibility.
4. Keep your asinine opinions out of a race that you have zero local knowledge of.

airupthere on May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Huh? Are you aware I was supporting the nominee? One week ago:

I fully support Ben Sasse in this race. As do Paul Ryan and the Club for Growth.

joana on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Are you feeling well?

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Who is winning the Governor race in Nebraska?

fight like a girl on May 13, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I’m calling this for Rickets.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Please don’t support Ben Sasse, stick to North Carolina politics.
We can’t afford your “help” in Nebraska.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

You have a couple choices.
1. Given your close proximity to Nebraska (> 1,400 miles), move here and convince the rest of the state that you are far superior in intelligence.
2. Support the nominee, stop the nonsense.
3. Continue to ruin your credibility.
4. Keep your asinine opinions out of a race that you have zero local knowledge of.

airupthere on May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Don’t even bother engaging the troll, she is just not worth it…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Please don’t support Ben Sasse, stick to North Carolina politics.
We can’t afford your “help” in Nebraska.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Who are the “we”, dear? Why do the crazies talk in the majestic plural? Do they actually believe they represent anyone but themselves?

I’ve met Ben Sasse, I’ve known him for years. I’ve donated to him. Why are you telling me to not support him when I wrote that I was supporting him more than a week ago? Again, are you sure you’re feeling well?

joana on May 14, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Who are the “we”, dear? Why do the crazies talk in the majestic plural? Do they actually believe they represent anyone but themselves?

I’ve met Ben Sasse, I’ve known him for years. I’ve donated to him. Why are you telling me to not support him when I wrote that I was supporting him more than a week ago? Again, are you sure you’re feeling well?

joana on May 14, 2014 at 12:07 AM

What time did Sasse send out his victory email?

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Don’t even bother engaging the troll, she is just not worth it…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

…I don’t think she knows…she’s a piece of shit!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Not a blue vein in your state at all? Not even purple?

lineholder on May 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Well, we had Democrat Bob Kerry a couple of decades ago. He ran the table. Governor, then Senator. He’s been back east since he resigned. He came back last year to run for the senatorial position that Deb Fischer won. We smoked his azz and sent him back. His wife was a easterner and was a bit puzzled by Nebraskans.:)

butch on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Don’t even bother engaging the troll, she is just not worth it…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

I don’t want a resident of NC to sully the good name of Nebraska.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

***** ATTENTION H/A Fire-Brigade Crew **********************

There seems to be LeftyPoop,..on the Nebraska Deck

Be advised, that a washing and hosing is required

Wash ALL LEFTYIES and POOP over the side, AND,…

disregard any screaming, as to the offended Lefty
about polluting the water that the USS Hot Air plys
on!

THANK YOU, THAT IS ALL, RESUME TO YOUR COMMENTING DUTY’S!

canopfor on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

I don’t want a resident of NC to sully the good name of Nebraska.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

I hear ya’

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Bruning is conceding to Ricketts as we speak…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

You seem under the impression that being a blowhard is conservative. There’s nothing conservative about being blowhard. Those loud blusterers can be conservatives, like Bachmann or liberals, like Alan Grayson, to give extreme examples.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I’m mocking your terminology. You seem to be under the impression that conservative voters only like “blowhards” and don’t actually care about how people govern, which is markedly false. The point is that Nebraska is the type of place we could afford to run a “severe conservative.”

It’s funny that you point out Grayson, since your view of conservatism is pretty much identical to his. Just single out a group (“TruCons”), polarize them, and libel them as much as possible. Argue in bad faith that they only care about rhetoric and secretly want to destroy the country by making sure the GOP loses elections.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Bruning is conceding to Ricketts as we speak…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

YES! Fist bump!

butch on May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Bruning is conceding to Ricketts as we speak…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Seems a bit premature.

Precincts Reporting
84.99%

Jon Bruning 53,313 25.59%
Pete Ricketts 54,804 26.30%

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

I’ve met Ben Sasse, I’ve known him for years. I’ve donated to him. Why are you telling me to not support him when I wrote that I was supporting him more than a week ago? Again, are you sure you’re feeling well?

joana on May 14, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Ah, so he’s one of your close personal friends, like John Warner? :)

Good Solid B-Plus on May 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

YES! Fist bump!

butch on May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Back atcha’ bud…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

They must have fresher numbers than we are getting…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

They must have fresher numbers than we are getting…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Probably, but I still think it is too early, not complaining though.

Here’s the biggest oddity:

Douglas County
Precincts Reporting: 0/220

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM

It’s just a matter of tone and style, not of ideology.

joana on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Tone is downstream from ideology. Even polished liars like politicians can’t keep their actual feelings hidden 24/7, not in an atmosphere where pretty much nothing is “off the record.”

Good Solid B-Plus on May 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Probably, but I still think it is too early, not complaining though.

Here’s the biggest oddity:

Douglas County
Precincts Reporting: 0/220

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Where did you get the DC stats?

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Sasse looks like a good candidate.

But as Dayspring and Walsh noted, this wasn’t some big showdown between “tea party” and “establishment” candidates. Both the tea party-like support from Palin and Cruz and the establishment PAC “closely tied to” McConnell got in late, the candidates were already declared.

AND if the campaign had gone on a bit longer, it might have had a quite different outcome. Dinsdale was making real headway with his ads against the “out of state money” flowing to the other two, he just started that attack too late to shift enough votes.

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But it is understandable that some of the “insurgents” among us would want to claim a victory, however speciously based the claim, since they have been getting their butts kicked generally coast to coast this year.

Adjoran on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I guess Sarah Palin’s endorsement carried more weight than Gov Dave’s and Mayor Stothert’s…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Where did you get the DC stats?

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

SoS results site. Click county results.
They are reporting votes, but no precinct has fully reported yet.
Once in the county breakdown, you can actually look at individual precinct results as well.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Adjoran on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Your concern is duly noted.

airupthere on May 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM

But it is understandable that some of the “insurgents” among us would want to claim a victory, however speciously based the claim, since they have been getting their butts kicked generally coast to coast this year.

Adjoran on May 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

When a Tea Party favorite loses bad, it’s them “getting their butts kicked.” When a Tea Party favorite wins, they weren’t really a Tea Party candidate.

No True Tea Partier wins elections, you see.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Thad Cochran holding a double-digit lead in Mississippi (although the last poll there was taken over a month ago),

Don’t count on it. Cochran has managed to avoid offending most people, and been a fairly loyal Republican, and it’s rare for an incumbent like that to lose.

But I think he will lose, in the end. I see a lot of Chris McDaniel signs around, and I think most people in Mississippi just think Thad Cochran ha been in Washington too long, and is doing too little.

One thing’s for sure: Cochran is taking this race very seriously, maybe for the first time in his Senate career. I don’t claim to know who will win, but it’s obvious that Cochran believes he could very well lose.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Hey Joanna there is a new open thread about Hillary. Go there ok. The guys there are saying how much they wish you would come.

coolrepublica on May 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Great idea. Totally different group of people on the QOTD than the regular HA threads. With your charming personality you’ll win many new “friends,” discover new recipes, and become reacquainted with tunes from the 1970s and 1980s.

It’s a hoot.

bw222 on May 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

After spending damned near thirty years in the wasteland of CA, and coming back home it feels really good to get damn near everything I voted for…

OmahaConservative on May 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Congrats to Sasse..3 very good candidates..:)

Dire Straits on May 14, 2014 at 12:56 AM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

There goes the neighborhood.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You rang?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 12:56 AM

joana on May 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

There goes the neighborhood.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You rang?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 12:56 AM

4 hours late, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 1:12 AM

No True Tea Partier wins elections, you see.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

There is no TEA party.

It’s all a construct of the media-industrial complex.

*This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds*

trigon on May 14, 2014 at 2:43 AM

Ben Sasse is nothing short of a phenomenal candidate. He can articulate the problems of America from a Constitutional perspective as well as anyone in the country. He understands policy better than most professional policy wonks. He is positioned on day one to be to ObamaCare in the Senate what Paul Ryan has been to budget issues in the House.

So, Obamacare’s safe with increased funding, then? Not a good start, Ben Sasse.

sauldalinsky on May 14, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Uh, they’re exactly what it sounds like they are. Osborne was the treasurer, he has friends in the political class who wanted to help him and possibly owe him favors. Every time a political neophyte tries to enter the ring, the usual suspects circle the wagons. Of course they’ll support Sasse once he wins.
Good Solid B-Plus on May 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

If he is not immediately Cucinellied I would be highly suspicious of whose side he is on

Brock Robamney on May 14, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Sigh… the usual name calling in this thread. Moving on.

rhombus on May 14, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Well, we had Democrat Bob Kerry a couple of decades ago. He ran the table. Governor, then Senator. He’s been back east since he resigned. He came back last year to run for the senatorial position that Deb Fischer won. We smoked his azz and sent him back. His wife was a easterner and was a bit puzzled by Nebraskans.:)

butch

I gotta admit, it was fun watching his azz getting smoked, and seeing him high tail it back to New York.

Gothguy on May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Hey. You happy Sasse won? I am in Hanscom Park area, where are you?

OmahaConservative on May 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Sorry for the late reply OC. I’m cautiously happy Sasse won and happy Ricketts won (though I liked McCoy). I’m not too far from 132 and Maple.

gmbdds on May 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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