By Guest Author - June 28, 2011
It has just been announced that Deb Fisher will soon enter the 2012 Republican Primary to unseat Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE).
State Legislator Deb Fischer, who was first elected in 2004, was Chairwoman of the State of Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. She has clear legislative experience, leadership experience, a track record of success and would be the female candidate in the race.
How will this impact the Republican primary, in the State of Nebraska, currently dominated by political heavyweights Attorney General Jon Bruning and Treasurer Don Stenberg?
Let’s examine the two current Republican candidates from the State of Nebraska.
Attorney General Jon Bruning has a war chest. He has been running for Senator (and/or Governor) since before being sworn in for his second term as Attorney General (and possibly since conception), but Bruning is not without chinks in his armor.
It is well known in conservative circles Bruning was a bit late in finding his conservative convictions, writing in support of homosexual marriage, abortion, and wearing florescent colors during his law school career. Perhaps more disturbing, it is well known Bruning’s gift of shameless self-promotion is second to PT Barnum. Bruning would cross the grave of George Washington to bow down to Kim Jong-Il if he thought he was a vote short of being in the hub of power. Also of note, his former Finance Chairman resigned amid an insider trading scandal. His current campaign chairman is marred by allegations of spousal abuse.
In contrast, Don Stenberg has great conservative street credentials in the State of Nebraska. In spades. Further, none doubt Don Stenberg is the flavorless nerd he projects to the public, with little chance of scandal. (Many believe he may be the first human conceived asexually, from a bud on his father’s backside.) Further, Stenberg is a genuine scholar, having graduated with honors with degrees in law and a Masters in business. Few are confident Bruning could even spell A.G. or knows where he works.
Unfortunately for Stenberg, it is also equally well believed he cannot beat Nelson in the State of Nebraska. Not even in a foot race. Perhaps rightly so. Stenberg had three prior chances, losing to Hagel, an unknown at the time, then to Nelson, and finally to Pete Ricketts, again a relative unknown in the State of Nebraska. Thus, Stenberg has all the mainstream sex appeal of child pornography.
How about the other Republican candidate from the State of Nebraska? Who is that, you ask?
Nebraskan Pat Flynn, largely unknown most of the State of Nebraska, is also in the race. Even his campaign manager is not sure who signs his checks. With his large family and roots in western Nebraska, Flynn is projected to garner eleven votes; however, he also polls well with individuals whose first name is Pat or last name is Flynn.
Had Flynn remained the only alternative candidate in the race, he had a slim chance of winning the primary if Bruning and Stenberg turned their cannons on each other and were damaged so heavily in the primary people were willing to take a leap of faith to an unknown commodity. Then, assuming Nelson would be photographed sodomizing a crying child three weeks before the general election, Flynn had a possible shot at winning.
But Senator Deb Fischer is a wild card. It is widely believed the Governor has no love of Stenberg or Bruning and probably still never heard of Flynn. A gubernatorial endorsement and a State of Nebraska tour could go a long way to projecting front runner status on Fischer. She got a roads bill past the Governor last session.
Being that she is the only female candidate may work to her advantage. In general elections, liberal morons will often vote for any woman or person of color on the ballet in their mistaken belief diversity is somehow akin to good governing.
It is early. Red State Report looks forward to the debate as the 2012 Election in the State of Nebraska heats up.