The Marquee Senate Race of 2008?by Kyle Michaelis
|The table is set. Labor Day is upon us, and a number of political deadlines
are approaching. Decisions ready to be made. Political heavyweights ready to
enter the arena, and some apparently ready to exit. |
I've devoted quite a bit of virtual ink to this race, repeating myself dozens of times, going over every single sign, detail, rumor, or press account to get a better picture of what I believe is the most important race in Nebraska - for Nebraska - in 2008. The evolution of this race - from the initial rumors of Hagel's retirement, to Mike Fahey's potential entry into the race, Hagel's March "announcement," and Bruning's primary challenge, followed by Kerrey's interest in a potential candidacy, has been one of the most fascinating stories of this young election cycle.
In Don Walton's article in the Lincoln Journal Star today, this quote stands out:
We wait in anticipation for Kerrey's decision.
|The right-wing blog Leavenworth Street reports
a few rumors of note, including this one:
Which would be interesting to say the least, because there's at least two things in that sentence that have Mike Johanns directly violating the Hatch Act. Maybe the rumormongers want to back off a bit before they get their preferred candidate into trouble with the law? Oh, wait, that's right, the Justice Department doesn't prosecute Republicans - especially members of the Bush administration. Speaking of Republicans having total disregard for campaign law, there's Jon Bruning, who placed an ad in the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday. Okay, you say, so what's the problem? It was paid for by Jon Bruning for Attorney General. The NDP blog explains the rest:
Then, of course, there's Pat Flynn, the fringe candidate who, in his campaign announcement, decided it was a good idea to get out in front of the story:
Here's guessing that Flynn's candidacy is already "up in smoke."