Skip to comments.Another Conservative Victory Bubbles Up from the Grassroots in Nebraska
Posted on 05/16/2012 1:11:20 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: There was an election in Nebraska, and another establishment Republican went down the tubes. Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for US Senate in a race against the Attorney General Jon Bruning last night. She rode a burst of late momentum to pull off an unexpected victory. And it really was stunning. I mean it was a major surprising come-from-behind victory, and as it's reported here in The Politico, it "amounts to a warning flare about the volatility of the primary season and the unintended impact of outside groups," like the Tea Party.
Deb Fischer is a rancher, a little known state lawmaker, endorsed by Sarah Palin. It's reported that Deb Fischer "maintained a positive, above-the-fray tone while Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg," who was the Tea Party candidate, "consistently traded blistering barbs. But she also benefited from a flurry of outside spending against Bruning, the front-running establishment favorite for more than a year who watched his polling lead evaporate during the final week of the campaign." And Bruning, the Republican establishment chosen candidate, he's the one who lost. The primary opponent before Deb Fischer surfaced was the state treasurer, Don Stenberg.
Now, there are some potentially misleading aspects of this. Deb Fischer began her surge last week. Palin then endorsed her. Sarah Palin late in the race, endorsed Deb Fischer. After that, Herman Cain endorsed Deb Fischer. Now, some people are speculating that Governor Palin endorsed Fischer to be in solidarity with the mama grizzlies coalition, women. Others are saying that she wanted to wait to see if Deb Fischer really had any legs here and did have a possibility of winning this thing. You know, Palin gets criticized even by people on our side. She endorsed the winner, but to some people it's par for the course. The Republican Party here is in a state of... well, at the establishment level they might think they're in some turmoil.
But Herman Cain also endorsed, and Herman is trying to say that his endorsement put Deb Fischer over the top as well. Other people involved in this were people like Jim DeMint, the Tea Party, the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, our great Tea Party sponsor here. A lot of other Tea Party and taxpayer groups had tried to help Stenberg. Stenberg was the Tea Party candidate, not Deb Fischer. Now, I'm not condemning anybody here. I'm not condemning Palin. I'm just trying to fill you in on this because this is way off the radar. Nobody had heard of Deb Fischer before this last week. Nobody was paying much attention. Everybody, of course, was focusing on Indiana, Richard Mourdock versus Lugar.
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But here you have another effervescent bubble-up from-the-bottom-up, not from-the-top-down, victory. It's emblematic of what's happening throughout the country on the Republican side. This is why it's so exciting for a lot of people. This is happening, bubbling up from the grassroots. The top down from the establishment ordering results isn't going their way. There are a variety of motivations here among all of these people. But the establishment candidate, Bruning, lost, and that's what the Tea Party and others are taking note of.
RUSH: Read to you a little bit from The Politico on this election in Nebraska. "Democrats argued that Deb Fischer's surprising win provides them a better chance at holding the seat." It looks like she gonna be up against Bob Kerrey, the former Senator from Nebraska. So the Democrats think that Fischer will be a weak candidate providing a better chance at holding the seat mainly because she's untested and undefined. However, public polling taken ahead of the primary has shown Deb Fischer defeating Kerrey by double digits. Double digits. Polling. It's gotten so bad for the Democrats that they are now out attacking samples, attacking the veracity of polls and polling data, particularly the New York Times poll from yesterday.
"Republicans outnumber Democrats by about 170,000 and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is expected to rout President Barack Obama in the state." So with 170,000 more Republicans, double-digit polling lead for Deb Fischer before the election over Kerrey. The Democrats are running around, "Oh, man, we're glad this rookie woman won. Gives us a great shot." Now, a brief question. If these troglodyte conservatives hate women so much, why do they keep voting for them? You know, Republicans have this War on Women going on out there. Well, how in the hell do they keep electing women like Deb Fischer in Nebraska, if there's a major War on Women?
Now, just to review this, Deb Fischer began surging last week. Sarah Palin endorsed her late. Herman Cain then endorsed Fischer after Palin did. The Club for Growth, Jim DeMint, FreedomWorks, other Tea Party and taxpayer groups had tried to help Stenberg win the nomination. So some people are saying that the Tea Party candidate finished third in this race. That would be Stenberg. And that's not the way to look at this. And don't fall for that in the media because what's happening is, of course, the Tea Party is feared by the media and by the Democrats. There are 47 different Tea Party organizations all over the country. They do not have a single leader. This what FreedomWorks does. They do have a connector website that puts all these people together. They help share information and resources.
The really wild thing about this Nebraska election, the establishment candidate was Mr. Bruning, and he lost. That's the news. Both Stenberg and Deb Fischer are conservative. The way to look at this is, and the really wild thing about the Nebraska election is that there were actually two candidates supported by conservatives and Tea Party types, and still there were enough conservative votes to beat the establishment guy. In other words, in the old days, with two conservatives up against the establishment guy, the conservatives would split the vote, water it down, dilute it, both lose, the establishment guy would win. In this case, even though the conservative vote was split between Stenberg and Fischer, one of those two won, Fischer. And it reminds me of what happened in Wisconsin last week during the primary there to recall Scott Walker.
You got two Democrats on the ballot vying for the, quote, unquote, opportunity to oppose Walker in the real election on June the 5th. More Republicans showed up to vote for Scott Walker, and he didn't need any votes that day. He was on the ballot, that's clear. But there wasn't any need for him to win anything that day. He was going to be the candidate on the Republican ticket, the June 5th election anyway, and despite that, more Republicans showed up to vote for Walker, who didn't need a single vote, than Democrats who showed up. Now the DNC has taken all the money out of Wisconsin. They're ceding this, essentially. And look what we were told going into this. All of this union money, and all of the organization and the White House and the DNC, Scott Walker's toast, we're told. Again, conventional wisdom from the inside the Beltway types.
You know the Obama ad that he's running against Romney, Bain Capital, which even Democrats are saying is a bad ad because it's misleading? It attacks Romney for things that Bain did when Romney wasn't even there. That ad is not running in Missouri. Missouri was considered to be a swing state. The Democrats are deciding not already to spend any money in Missouri. People now are asking, maybe Missouri's being taken out of the Obama column. Missouri being a toss-up or swing state, maybe it's gone. The Tea Party, slash, conservative vote is so strong in Nebraska, it can't be diluted. And in each of these elections, what I'm seeing is a passion and an energy to show up and vote and be counted on the Republican, slash, conservative side that we haven't seen in a while.
You look at the what happened to Wisconsin, you look at what happened in Indiana, I'm telling you, the one thing I know -- well, I practically know everything, but among the many things I know is the grassroots of the conservative movement in this country. I know how ticked off they are. I know how scared they are about where this country has been taken and where it will go. I know that these people are fed up with the Republican establishment. They are fed up with the go-along-to-get-along. They're fed up with hearing about crossing the aisle. They're fed up hearing about all this talk of compromise. They want to beat the Democrats. They want to shellac the Democrats. They want the Democrats to be a minority party in as many places in this country as that is possible. And they are willing to show up and vote to make that happen. And in primaries, wherever, ever opportunity that they have, they're doing that.
They're not winning everything. Nobody does. But the statements that they are making are profound.
RUSH: Here's Brad in Providence, Rhode Island, as we start on the phones. Hi, Brad. Glad you called. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call. Listen, it seems like Palin has the golden touch. First knocking out RINO Lugar in Indiana, and now at least greatly contributing to the Deb Fischer long shot victory in Nebraska. Yet, the GOP establishment and team Romney and even some conservative media seem to be doing everything they can do to distance the 2012 campaign from Palin, even rewriting history that Palin was a negative for McCain in '08. While in reality, as you probably know, Palin was the only thing McCain had going for him --
RUSH: I tell you, it's worse than that. (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- were it not for the financial meltdown and bad advice by Schmidt. Now the thing is there's even repeated stories in the media that Romney's looking for the anti-Palin as VP --
RUSH: Well, what's really going on is that the consultants from the '08 McCain campaign are trying to protect their reputations.
CALLER: Yeah, they're looking for somebody like a loser Dole, Pawlenty. Now, I'm not saying Palin would even accept, but Romney should publicly consider Palin for veep.
RUSH: Well, no, no, I can't see that. What's happening is the consultants -- this '08 McCain campaign, the consultants tried to make Sarah Palin into something she's not. I've seen this in my own business. I can't tell you -- well, you see it in every business. You particularly see it in talent businesses. They tried to plug Palin into establishment Republican holes, and they didn't let her be Palin. You're right. She's the only reason the McCain campaign had any energy. But these consultants are trying to protect their reputations and their paychecks, because they don't want to be tagged with the reason McCain lost. They want to dump that off on Palin. They want to blame Palin.
I don't want to name names here, but there's a whole lot of Republican consultants that ran the McCain campaign, botched it.
RUSH: The only War on Women that I have seen being fought in the Republican Party is the GOP elite war against Sarah Palin. That's the only War on Women I see being conducted.
Still no mention on Drudge.
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Sweet! Another grassroots conservative for the Romney wing of the GOP to undermine and destroy!
:: here you have another effervescent bubble-up from-the-bottom-up, not from-the-top-down, victory ::
Is anyone else, besides me, starting to get the feeling that the conservative patriots (AKA: “Tea Party”) are just plain laying low in this cycle? All those things that benefit the LSM framing of the story are scrupulously being avoided; media polls, public statements and rallies, exit polls. Maybe they just want their VOTE to speak for them. My, my. How....American!
That could explain Mourdock, Fischer, Cruz. And other “oddities” such as Obamugabe’s bouyancy in Rasmussen’s poll.
Its great to put people like this in Washington but we need to destroy the current party leadership structure.
When we send someone to Washington, we aren’t sending them to be a freshman child under the control of leadership. They need to take their seats as full equals.
I say that as someone who has a second time “freshman” congressman.
That is only even slightly possible if OBAMA is OFF the ticket!
Have they forgotten 2010 already??
And NOTHING has improved under OBAMA since then.
All the wise Dems bailed early on!
That is EXACTLY the 'intention'!
To wrest control AWAY from the faceless, entrenched (incumbent) GOP leadership!
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