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December 9, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Not too long ago, Democrats were crediting the government shutdown with helping them recruit Pete Festersen to take on a Republican incumbent in Nebraska.

[DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve] Israel had previously said the shutdown would “widen the path” to taking back the majority, and it appears that new path is beginning to take shape as Democrats, motivated by polling showing Republicans taking a hit from the shutdown, step up to run.

Israel mentioned in particular Nebraska’s 2nd District, where Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen just announced a challenge to Rep. Lee Terry (R) and cited the shutdown specifically as part of the reason he’s running.

“Like most people, my frustration has grown by the day over the last month, with the government shutdown and the brinkmanship on the debt ceiling,” he told the Omaha World-Herald. “Change is needed. And I felt it was my responsibility to be that change.”

Festersen evidently doesn’t feel that responsibility quite as accutely now. Well that, or he sees what Obamacare is doing to Democrats all over the place. Today, he dropped out of the race.

Democrat Pete Festersen is ending his campaign for Republican Lee Terry’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Omaha City Council president told The World-Herald on Monday that he’s been unable to balance his work, family and council responsibilities with the demands of a high-profile congressional race.

“It is the right time for moderate, practical-minded people to make a difference, but I’ve determined it’s not the right time for me or my young family to run for national office,” Festersen said.

He said he made the decision over the weekend, after having discussions with his family. It comes less than two months after Festersen announced he’d take on Terry in the 2014 election.

And a little over two months since Obamacare’s rollout started blowing holes in every Democrat candidacy across the country.

How many other Democrats between now and the primaries will decide to spend more time with their families? Hopefully, a lot.

Update: When I write that Obamacare is blowing holes in Democrat candidacies, this is what I mean.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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“Change is needed. And I felt it was my responsibility to be that change.”

I read that and heard Dean Wormer's voice; "The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me!"
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Clever rat, this fellow; he fled the foundering ship early and beat the rush.
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"previously said the shutdown would “widen the path” to taking back the majority, and it appears that new path is beginning to take shape as Democrats, motivated by polling showing Republicans taking a hit from the shutdown, "

The vast majority of the population shows, repeatedly, that they want spending curbed.

Just not theirs.

Or anything that causes slight inconveniences.

Even if those inconveniences are manufactured/contrived (i.e., Parks, memorials).

It's okay, though, their kids and grandkids can pay it all off from their fabulous earnings as rock stars and video game experts.

As for ObamaCare, they loved it until THEY got hit with the bill; until their own ox was gored, well, Comedy Central presented it as "No Problem".

Reality sucks, don't it?
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And another one bites the dust!!!
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