« Job Interviewers Now Asking Brain Teasers Questions | Main | Clerk Punches Out Would-Be Stick-Up Robber, Then Makes Him Clean Up His Own Blood While Awaiting Police »
December 27, 2011

Cornhusker Kick-Out: Ben Nelson Announcing Retirement

This isn't as big of a deal as it seems -- he was doomed anyway, pretty much. He's just recognizing the inevitable.

He can either go through an arduous and expensive campaign and then not be senator in 2013 or he can not go through that process and then not be senator. Either way, he's not going to be senator.

Politico spins this a "major blow" to Democrats' chances to hold the Senate. Still, the Democrats did want him to run:

The White House and top Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), had quietly mounted a pressure campaign to keep Nelson from retiring. Nelson has more than $3 million in his campaign war chest, and his approval rating solidified after falling over the last several years.

But with Nelson stepping down, the Democrats’ hold on the Senate is in serious doubt, although Democratic leaders believe they can still do so. Republicans are expected to pick up control of the Cornhusker State seat, although popular former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) has been talking to top Democrats about possibly running again.

digg this
posted by Ace at 01:44 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
REDACTED: "492 I think Pompeo has the inside track on VP. Po ..."

BignJames: "Damn. Here and I thought he was telling us the tru ..."

JoeF.: " Thin mints FTW. Posted by: Diogenes at December ..."

Spongebrain Shitpants: "[i] Way. To. Go. Actually make me feel sorry f ..."

Darrell Harris: "I would rather PDT either 1) Remain as "King make ..."

clutch cargo - processed in a facility that may contain lead: "[i]Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Oakland Unified, Sacram ..."

Find My Feet: "Mental Exercise - its a Muslim display after 9/11. ..."

Braenyard: "I think Pompeo has the inside track on VP. Posted ..."

REDACTED: "485 400 Ace is either writing a legendary post or ..."

Sponge - Shirt Wearing Member of the Ashli Babbitt Society: "[i] Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Oakland Unified, Sacr ..."

Traitor Joe's Military Surplus: " [i]Tried to buy a new string of Christmas lights ..."

I'm The Other White Meat: "263 Reagan was 74 a few weeks after his second ina ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64