Other than Ben Sasse, Nebraska sends a bunch of RINOs to Washington. This was a disappointing shock. Furthermore, quite a few of the candidates opposing incumbents have no business running Republican. Perhaps, they are all practical, knowing Democrats won’t win. Nebraska is Corn Country and a reliance on government agricultural programs is likely the reason Conservatism has a bit of a drought. This election poses little possibility of quenching the drought.
Best Pick: Todd Watson
Worst Picks: Jack Heidel, Adrian Smith
Best Race: None
Worst Race: District 1, District 2
Deb Fischer is a one-term Senator who is up for reelection. Nebraska has sent us the underrated Ben Sasse, but Deb Fischer is not nearly as strong of a Conservative presence. However, she did vote against Omnibus. Fischer has a bit of a lukewarm record, an F Liberty score of 57%.; however every House Representative from Nebraska is worse. That being said, she hasn’t earned the Pick.
She faces four challengers. The first being Jack Heidel. The former math professor comes off as a fiscal conservative in national debt rhetoric but is concerned for the debt in order to continue funding entitlement spending. Nonetheless, he is anti-gun and favors a carbon tax. He says he’s fiscally conservative but his other stances say larger government. This math doesn’t add up to him being a good Senator. Then there’s Dennis Macek, who is also running a debt-centric campaign. He seems like he’s Conservative but is not the most viable option. He has little online presence.
Jeffrey Stein is a more Libertarian option, the capital “L” unfortunately indicating Libertarian Party. In 2016, he lost the LP primary for District 2. His campaign website looks like a conspiracy theorist website and contains this platform I added in for laughs, specifically the overpopulation issue.
I’ll pass on Stein. Last, but not least, is Todd Watson. Watson ran as an independent against Sasse and lost in 2014. However, Watson is running to “to Make Republicans Conservative Again!” His platform is a very Christian one, meaning he knows government can’t solve the human condition. Watson is the only Conservative option in this race.
Conservative Pick: Todd Watson
Jeff Fortenberry is an unopposed RINO who is fiscally irresponsible.
Don Bacon is an unopposed RINO.
Adrian Smith is a hardcore RINO. He is opposed by three challengers. But a review of Smith’s record shows he voted for measures like Omnibus and Planned Parenthood funding. Kirk Prenner is the first challenger running to the right of Smith campaigning on his poor record. When Prenner says he’s a Main Street Conservative, he is actually anti-Wall Street in many ways. This could be a negative mark on Prenner. However, this could be a good indication of him being against corporate welfare and cronyism.
Larry Bolinger is a name in the race with hardly a website informing the public what he would do. Arron Kowalski is another name in the race but he is a corn farmer who would selfishly raise the ethanol mandate in gasoline about 50%. His policies are all farm-related meaning he should run for a local office, not Congress.