To no one's surprise Democrat State Senator Tom White is taking the traditional next step towards announcing that he plans to run for the House of Representatives in 2010. According to an article in this morning's Omaha World-Herald, White is forming an exploratory committee that will permit him to raise and spend campaign funds without officially announcing his candidacy.
Based upon the article, it appears that White is hitching his star to President Barack Obama:
"[White] said the party needs to capitalize on President Barack Obama winning an electoral vote in the 2nd Congressional District.
“The Obama people are still here. The people who were energized by his campaign, the people who filled the convention center (for an Obama visit) are still here, the people who came to the caucuses are still here,” said White.
So White plans to run as Tommy Obama?
A few thoughts:
- President Obama won't be on the ballot in the 2nd District in 2010. Instead, the 2010 election will be about a landslide re-election for Governor Dave Heineman, Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Shane Osborn, State Auditor Mike Foley and Secretary of State John Gale. And who is it that is driving turnout for the Democrats?
- The 2010 election will be a referendum on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Congress. Don't believe me? Ask Omaha Democrat Paul Landow, who was formerly the top aide to 2nd District Democrat Congressman Peter Hoagland--the last Democrat to represent the 2nd District. 2010 will be 1994 all over again. We're just 6 months into the current congressional session and the House Democrats have managed to pass legislation increasing our tax burden, expanding the federal government, indebting our children and grandchildren, and eliminating the freedoms we hold dear. That's the agenda Tom White wants to get to Washington to support. Nebraska voters understand that Congressman Lee Terry represents a check-and-balance on this looniness coming out of Washington.
- White will be forced to deal with: (a) an ineffective Omaha Mayor--Jim Suttle--who is the primary representative of the Democratic Party in the 2nd District; or (b) a Republican Omaha Mayor who will have replaced Suttle after he is recalled later this year.
- Regardless of the national political environment or state of Omaha City Hall in November 2010, White will be forced to face his own record in the state legislature as one of the most partisan, divisive and arrogant legislators in Nebraska history. That will be contrasted with Congressman Lee Terry, an affable Omahan who is widely recognized by his bipartisan efforts in the House of Representatives.