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Bush's ongoing effort to follow me around the west and the plains landed him in Grand Island, NE today, possibly the only town in western Nebraska with an airstrip big enough to accommodate Air Force 1. But it might not have gone exactly as planned. Here's what readers of the Lincoln Journal Star woke up to on this Presidential visit day:

There's a good reason why Scott Kleeb has come out of nowhere in his challenge for Nebraska's 3rd District congressional seat.

He's an extraordinarily strong candidate.

The Journal Star recommends that voters send him to Washington as their representative....

Nebraska needs a representative with the smarts and insight to comprehend the implications of major policy shifts, and the negotiating talents to make sure that Nebraska's interests are represented....

Adrian Smith, the Republican candidate in the race, has damaged his credibility by accepting more than $450,000 from the Club for Growth, which wants to abolish farm subsidies.

Kleeb clearly would be a more effective representative for the 3rd District in Congress.

Kleeb has received key statewide and district newspaper endorsements from the Omaha World Herald, the Kearny Hub, and the Sidney Sun-Telegraph. As Markos said in an earlier post today, endorsements in rural and small town newspapers (not to mention the major papers in rural states) can make a big impact on voters.

And it doesn't hurt to have a really smart candidate, too. Here's how he responded to Bush's statements today that Nebraska needed to send someone who understood farming and ranching to DC. He agreed with him, and then said:

"Having worked on a cattle ranch beginning in 1998, I have the real-world experience in agriculture that Adrian Smith does not have," Kleeb said. "Adrian Smith, on the other hand, received over $550,000 from the anti-agriculture special interest group Club for Growth."

"They want to end all farm subsidies and eliminate the Department of Agriculture," Kleeb continued. "If that is not a misunderstanding of agriculture, I don't know what is."

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:05 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  God, how much ink is going to be spent (0+ / 0-)

    on this Kleeb guy, when there are so many other candidates doing so many other things?

    Hillary cannot be swiftboated because everything is already known about her, unlike anyone else who is running. Hillary for President 2008!

    by HillaryGuy on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:12:20 PM PST

  •  I'm going to be so disappointed (4+ / 0-)

    If Kleeb loses. But he's got a bright future no matter what happens. The third district would do well to send him to Congress to look after their interests.

  •  Kleeb and Tester most important contests (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mcjoan, phatass, docangel

    Farm policy is barely looked at, but if you think high oil prices and shortages are an isolated problem the future is going to be a huge surprise. Climate changes, water shortages, shrinking areas to grow food are all going to be huge areas of concern in a very short time. Wakeup world, doing business the same old way won't cut it for long. We need people with experyise in these areas.

    fact does not require fiction for balance

    by mollyd on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:48:20 PM PST

  •  Woohoo! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm going to make a plug here.

    Anyone in Nebraska reading this needs to get down to their local campaign office and volunteer.

    GOTV is going to be a huge deal in this race. We need people to help push us over the edge.

    Be a part of history. Get on the phones, walk a precinct! do whatever you can.

    If you go here:

    Nebraska Democratic Party Volunteer

    and sign up we'll hook you up.

    And don't forget:

    Give to our House candidates.

    48 hours to go. Be a part of history.


    Economic Left/Right: -7.75 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.54

    by phatass on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 08:53:23 PM PST

  •  Inquiring Minds Want to Know? (0+ / 0-)

    Hope someone is up who knows about the Bush visit in GI yesterday.  How many people attended?  What did B say and how long did he stay?  What was the "scene" like what with traffic, Secret Service, etc.  Inquiring minds want to know?  Any protest signs?
    General reactions, observations anyonw?

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 05:42:18 AM PST

    •  Bush in GI (2+ / 0-)
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      ptmflbcs, JFinNe

      Local media reports that around 6,000 hand-picked Republican attended the pep rally in Grand Island. Some information that flew under the wire:
      the new events center where the pep rally was held was "nearly full". Why wasn't it overflowing or at least packed? In Big Red, this says a lot about "staying the course". People here have had enough of the BU(LL) Sh(it).

      Another tidbit: Bush put his foot in it when he said that the 3rd district needs a rancher to represent them in Washington.  The rancher running for the seat is the Democrat, Scott Kleeb.  A-Drain Smith is a real estate agent. Thank you baby bush!

      And since when have Chuch Hagel and Bush become "good friends"?  Bush said they were!

      •  Bush in GI (1+ / 0-)
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        Bush also said the gazillionaire Pete Ricketts was "a small businessman". Ameritrade is a "small business"?

      •  Bush in GI: locals feel "demeaned" (1+ / 0-)
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        and felt Bush was talking down to them as if they were hicks and rubes.  I just spent the afternoon in GI and the people I talked to thought Bush did more damage than good there (quelle surprise!). They felt he was making fun of them by being "folksy" and inventing hillbilly terms like the "prognosticators in Washington" which grated on everyone's nerves.

        Then there was the gratuitous slap at the GI Republican mayor Vavricek (who had run against Adrain and lost)about not fixing the potholes in the city. I guess during the primary someone said that a mayor who couldn't fix potholes had no business in Congress. The longer Bush talked the more downcast Smith and Ricketts appeared.

    •  Not such a big deal. (0+ / 0-)

      I diaried it here, but McJoan beat me to the punch.

      Gimmee back my country!

      by NebraskaLefty on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 09:12:36 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  My Experience in G.A.(probably not a typical one) (0+ / 0-)

      I arrived in Grand Island around 11:30, got some gas and a donut, and drove around a bit to survey the scene.  Many people were already there waiting in line.  I considered my options for a bit, then screwed up my courage and drove into the Heartland Center parking lot.  Hundreds of people in line now.  There were lots of folks, including Adrian Smith as luck would have it, handing out Pete Ricketts t-shirts to the crowd.

      I waited a few minutes for the parking attendents to move on, then pulled my sign out of the pickup bed.  It was about 3 feet by 5 feet, with the words HECKUVA JOB, BROWNY(crossed out) RUMMY(crossed out) SMITHY in big black letters.  For about ten minutes I walked up and down the line of people, shouting cheers for Adrian Smith such as "Go, Smithy, Go!" and trying to get the crowd motivated.  Actually got some people to cheer once.  No one started chanting with me though.  I heard some people laughing(not sure if it was at or with me)  Several people asked me who "Smithy" was. One guy, obviously a Sean Hannity listener, tried to quiz me on my knowledge of Bush appointees.  Another guy asked me to take a picture with him.  It was all good fun.  

      The police stood by until they had asked the Secret Service what to do, then they told me to leave or I would be arrested.  I said sure and walked back to my truck.  Then about 5 cops came by.  One of them asked for my license, and took down my info for the S.S.  One asked me what my sign meant. Once I explained who Browny and Smithy were, he apparently got the joke. Didn't laugh, though.

      I parked about a block away on locust street, which is the main drag that leads to the interstate.  I held my sign there at the intersection for the next 2 1/2 hours.  After about an hour a scruffy-looking protestor in a camo jacket arrived with a smaller sign stuck to a rowboat oar.  It said Red, Right, and Screwed.  Lots of cops were around, and they used a dog to sniff the dumpster across the street for bombs.  Another young guy, this one a uber-liberal straight out of This Modern World, walked by as I was about to leave.  He was headed for the peace protest up the street.  He had a goatee and was wearing a tan corduroy suit jacket and Birkenstocks. Really.

      Before leaving, I drove by the Nebraskans for Peace protest, which was as lame as always.  Small signs you could barely read, everyone just standing around, being herded by the cops.  Boring.  I wanted to get back to Omaha by 4:30, so I grabbed a bite and split.  All in all, a fun and interesting learning experience, the only drawback being that I'm now probably a target of the "terrorist surveilance program".

  •  GOP spends money and time on NE3 (2+ / 0-)
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    ptmflbcs, JFinNe

    The focus on NE 3 is due to the GOP reading the poll numbers showing a democrat ahead in a district in Bush got 75 percent of the vote two years ago.

    The races in Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Montana, etc are meaningful in that they could determine the House and they could also determine the Presidency.

    If Dems contnue to nominate regional Candidates who concentrate on 18-20 states, the dems will continue to lose. But if the dems nominate a national candidate who can campaign in 50 states then the dems will win.

    If Kleeb wins, it will be the story of the year.

  •  It's Kearney.. (1+ / 0-)
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    with an "e."  Just looking our for my hometown.

  •  Local Wing Nut Radio (0+ / 0-)

    Was all a-buzz about Commander Bunnypant's visit but I didn't hear a single caller that wasn't already going to vote a straight GOP ticket even before the visit. They did not reach apathetic or disgusted Republicans let alone independents.

    Highlight of the morning was a caller demanding equal time for a Republican viewpoint after a Political Science Professor dared to say the visit may indicate they are nervous about the race in a very Republican District. That request for a station that runs Rush, Dr. Laura, Fox News and all right wing talk all the time on their talk show made me laugh.

  •  I love NE and the Kleeb diaries. Why? (2+ / 0-)
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    ptmflbcs, dirtfarmer

    The Democratic party needs  to expand it's image. It needs these westerners. Theodore Roosevelt was a cowboy. He loved the west.  Democrats need to reclaim the cowboy image.

  •  Fake calls (0+ / 0-)

    from the Republicans:
    From Buffalo Co. Democrats.

    Subject: Fake calls going out to hurt the Kleeb campaign. Help us stop them!

    We have heard that fake calls are going out as Robo Dials that will be detrimental to Scott's campaign.  People are getting 5-6 calls either very late at night or just a number of them on the answering machine to get voters angry.  If you get these calls they are not from Kleeb's campaign.  They are originating from out of state.

    If you get one of these calls, please keep them on your answering machine.  We need to get them to Zach at the NDP office ASAP so we can find out where they're coming from and put a stop to them.

    If you get comments from people who have received these calls, let them know that this is a dirty trick campaign of the Republicans!  The NDP will be responding in the media to this smear campaign.


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