Omaha attorney, and former Senate candidate, Dave Kramer tells the AP that he thinks it is possible.
Of course anything is possible.
The theory is that Bruning would be joined by two other relatively strong candidates -- in this scenario, Don Stenberg and Mike Foley (who gave Don Walton a “maybe, maybe not”) -- in the 2012 GOP primary.
We would agree that, of course, in a three-way race the vote is going to be more dilluted. But there is no particular reason to think that votes for Foley would necessarily come from Bruning to give Stenberg a win, as Kramer hints.
Frankly, it could be just as plausible that the Attorneys General could split the AG votes, thus giving Foley a tilt. Or that anti-Bruning votes are split between Foley and Stenberg, giving Bruning an easy layup.
Then again this discussion is all in a vacuum and does not really mean much.
What are the issues? Who is getting their message out? Who knows?
The best point made in the article is that if Ben Nelson does not run, the candidate list may very well change -- to possibly include a Jeff Fortenberry or Lee Terry. Now THAT would shake things up.
And just to round things out, Kramer threw this one out:
"If Ben is the nominee in 2012, whoever his opposing candidate is will be scrutinized like they've never been scrutinized before. Ben's task will be to tear down whoever his opponent is _ and he'll do it. There will not be a nook or a cranny not explored."Now kiddies, Kramer here is making an oh-so-subtle hint that maybe one of the candidates could have background issues to be examined. We will go further to say that DK is suggesting that maybe GOP voters should tilt towards someone more squeaky clean. You probably haven 't heard the last of this.
FYI readers: This primary may not be pretty.
In the mean time, Bruning has Shane Osborn as a campaign chairman. Good to see Shane staying involved, and good for Bruning to quickly gather his team.
And Ben Nelson tells us that when he votes for Harry Reid as Majority Leader, it really means that he is “independent”. Got that?
Lots of Recall circulators on the main streets across Omaha over the weekend. (But were there any at the Qwest Center before or after the Creighton game on Sunday? Would have seemed like a prime spot to be...)
Note that the opposition has gone from, “they won’t get enough” to “they’re illegal!”. Of course those protests are anecdotal, and haven’t proved to be official yet. If the Recallers fail to get enough, we doubt it will be because Wayne Dwops from Keeffaulin, HD signed the petition eight times.
Watch for hints from each side that they’re going into the campaign-vote mode.
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