I am convinced if candidates spent more time listening in the coffee shops and less time talking on the campaign trail they would have a better idea of what people think of them than what they see from pollsters.
Let’s listen in to what some folks are saying about “the final four”: Jon Bruning, Deb Fischer, Don Stenberg and of course the latest and somewhat clumsy entry of Bob Kerrey.
In a nutshell coffee table opinions:
Jon Bruning. He’s smart. He’s a fighter. He is very ambitious. He has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. He reminds us of a slick politician. Wasn’t he once a Democrat? I thought he wanted to be governor. He’s pretty bold, we need that in Washington. Hey, anyone is better than Ben.
Deb Fischer: She seems very deliberate to me. Thinks well on her feet. She is one tough rancher from the Sandhills. Nobody in Washington going to cut her fences. She is impressive but doesn’t get much press. She needs to get out more. What’s she stand for? Hey, anyone is better than Ben.
Don Stenberg: Don will run for any open office. He’s in bed with those Tea Partiers. We like the Tea Party and Don, they have it right. He’s the most conservative of the bunch. Not sure if he will be an effective leader in the Senate. Who is running the Treasurers office while he is campaigning? (Then from the same corner of the table… Hey anyone is better than Ben!)
Bob Kerrey: Who does he think he is fooling? He did okay for Nebraska when he was a governor. He was just bored and wanted some publicity. What ever happened to, “Once a Nebraskan, always a Nebraskan?” Bob’s okay, just a little too far left for most of us. He won’t win. Don’t underestimate Bob, he’s smooth. (Silence from the corner seat until asked. “Even Ben might be better than Bob!”)
So who is going to win? Bruning. Bruning. Bruning, but I hope not. Stenberg. Deb should, but I don’t think she will.
So, if it comes down to Bruning versus Kerrey? Bruning. Bruning. Bruning. Bruning, Bruning.
Hey, flag down the waitress, coffee is cold.