Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska GOP Convention delegate Sam Fischer, immediately following the close of the Convention.
Sam gives his view of Ivanka and Donald Trump’s closing night speeches, from the perspective of a delegate about 40 yards from the stage. He talks about some of the contrasts that Trump presented and a few of the particular issues, including from the perspective of a law enforcement officer.
Sam talks about some of the VIPs he met along the way at the convention and what it was like to be on the floor for this momentous occasion.
He closes by talking a little about yesterday’s controversy with Ted Cruz, and the perspective of the Nebraska delegation on the Cruz speech.
Before we get into last night’s festivities, first we must address Nebraska GOP delegate (and Sarpy County Election Commissioner) Wayne Bena’s encounter on the convention floor with Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog (a/k/a Robert Smigel):
So, in light of Triumph’s observation about Mr. Bena, we give you this version of “If They Mated”:
So the media is pretty much ablaze today with Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech to the Republican Convention last night.
Ted Cruz is done Presidentially. I’m not sure I’d bet that he’d lose in a Senate primary, but his calculation last night was poor.
His bet, like many other #NeverTrumpers is that Trump loses badly, and then he rises as the party savior in 2020.
Instead he got the entire convention arena to rally around Donald Trump and boo him off the stage. People used to wonder why so many, if not all, of his colleagues in Washington hate him, and now he summed it up for them.
And Cruz is now seeing how he miscalculated as well. He is telling reporters this morning that he didn’t endorse because Trump insulted his wife and father. So it wasn’t because Trump wasn’t conservative enough? Which is it, Senator?
Other conservative writers are popping up this morning giving multiple huzzahs to Cruz to “sticking to his principles”. But once again, this was a politically calculated speech that Cruz gave. Just like it was Cruz’s political calculation to be warm and fuzzy to Trump, back when Trump was destroying Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
So those, like Jonah Goldberg (one of my favorite writers), wrote…
But if the choice is between forgiving Ted Cruz’s obvious political calculation to become the standard bearer of an authentic conservatism or Donald Trump’s lizard-brain narcissism where no principle or cause outranks his own glandular desire to be worshipped, like a conqueror atop the carcass of conservatism, I choose Ted.
Which is an interesting consideration.
But I’ll at least give Jonah the credit for writing “if”.
Because that’s NOT the choice.
The choice is not Trump or Cruz.
It’s Trump or Hillary.
That’s the choice.
So writers like Jonah or National Review’s Kevin Williamson can characterize the choice of Hillary or Trump as “between gonorrhea and syphilis” and har-har at their cleverness. But actual voters will be making that choice for who is President.
As near as I can tell, people like Williamson and Senator Ben Sasse plan to either sit on their hands or flush their votes on Gary Johnson or something. And maybe those votes don’t matter in Nebraska or DC. But they certainly do in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Florida.
So here’s the question, which I posed to Williamson on the Twitter, and he directed me to his vast volume of writings to dig for the answer:
Are you for Hillary or Trump?
If you say Trump, but only because Hillary would be more awful, fine.
(Jonah Goldberg has said this.)
Heck, I’d even take a version of…
“I am a Constitutionalist, and I think almost any of the other GOP candidates would have been better than Trump. But I know that Hillary will be much worse than Trump, so I will vote for Trump. But I will hammer him every day and on every issue where he is not in line with my Constitutionalist thinking. And I also hope to bring him around to my side. But, assuming he doesn’t change, I will also advocate for the Republicans replacing him in 2020. In the mean time, I know that Hillary would be worse, and will vote Trump…”
Or, if you say Trump is so bad that I’ll gulp and vote for Hillary, and then try to defeat her after 4 years, fine. I disagree strongly with that position, but OK.
But this “neither” territory is a crock (along the lines of Gary Johnson).
From a few there last night after the Cruz speech:
He said that in the past, conventions were about everyone coming together and picking a candidate all the party could agree on. Some like strawberry, some like chocolate. But some hate both. So they pick vanilla because EVERYONE likes vanilla.
And a few months back, he was pointing out that Scott Walker was leading the polls (remember that) because he was the vanilla candidate that everyone could agree on.
But when it came around this time, Republican voters at gates screamed, “ENOUGH WITH F***ING VANILLA! WE’RE SICK OF VANILLA! WE’RE GETTING MOOSETRACKS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! AHHHHHHRRRRGGGHH!”
Now…some in the GOP are saying, “That Moosetracks is actually laced with Ex-Lax.”
Others are saying, “No it’s not. And even if it is, we are going to be force-fed ice cream tonight, and the coconut-kale flavor over there is also laced…with cyanide. So I’ll take my chances with the Moosetracks.”
If you can’t listen, as Nebraska’s ambassador, J.L. says…
“Nebraska, The Good Life, with Great Opportunity, the home of Silicon Prairie News, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, the number one beef producing state in the Union, a place where people find their happiness from honest work , and where a person’s word is their bond…cast their 36 bound delegates for the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
The whole gang was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this morning…
Oh, and Hal Daub photobombing Sam Fischer’s selfie…
Stay tuned for Day 3!
..Finest Place You Ever Saw…
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert unveiled her budget yesterday, and there were more than a few highlights:
Lowering Property taxes for the second year in a row.
Adding additional police officers to make it 56 more since she entered office in 2013.
Putting forward a plan for street improvement (which she released last week) including more money for snow removal as well.
A solid budget to go with Mayor Stother’s solid record.
FEC what I mean…
The quarterly FEC numbers are out, and Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford has filled up his coffers with over $850K in PAC money. As a matter of fact, only 42% of Ashford’s campaign booty is supplied by individual donors. (In contrast, over 60% of retired Brigadier General Don Bacon’s fundraising is from individuals.)
When the Democrat leadership banged the spoon on the table at Brad that he wasn’t raising enough money, he certainly looked up and did what he was told. And of course this was amplified over the weekend when Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — whom Ashford voted for Speaker — came to Omaha to fine-dine with Ashford.
As has been written here for years now, incumbents are difficult to defeat. One big reason is that lobbyists make it rain on Democrat incumbents like Brad Ashford.
The funny thing is that Ashford’s seat is consistently listed as in-flux. Both parties are spending big in this race. And Ashford is raising the big corporate bucks to try to stay in power.
But Don Bacon is a retired soldier and does not frighten easily. And it’s likely that he will have a few big names coming in to support him as well.
This one will continue to be one to watch.
Keep following @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter for continual updates throughout the day and evening!
Follow Leavenworth St.’s Twitter list of “Nebraska GOP in Cleveland” to get direct updates from Nebraska delegates (and others) on the Convention floor!
To start your Cleveland-centered morning, here are a couple of Separated at Births for you!
First, Nebraska National GOP Committeeman, J.L. Spray… and Morning Joe Scarborough!
And second, Douglas County Republican Party Chair, Jon Tucker…and Wally from Dilbert!
To start you off, here is a very quick edition of The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast from yesterday with Nebraska alternate delegate and political consultant Rod Edwards!
This was recorded between Day 1’s morning and evening session, and it focuses on the controversy (remember that?) about the lack of a roll call vote on the convention rules. Looking back on it now, I’m starting to feel it was a smart move.
In any case, it’s a quick 10 minute interview with Rod to give you an immediate taste of the convention floor itself.
If you want to follow the convention in real time, you can not only follow MY tweets, but the tweets of almost all of the Nebraska convention delegates via my Twitter List of “Nebraskans at the GOP Convention“. It just puts all of their tweets in one spot, so you don’t have to try to follow an additional 40 people on your regular timeline.
I use it myself. Very handy.
Views from the floor
Some other highlights from last night:
I heard from many of the delegates, and on the Twitter, national pollster Frank Luntz noted that during the “minor” speeches from early last night, delegates were seated, listening to ALL of the speeches.
These were mainly those from Gold Star Mothers (who lost children in combat) and Marines relaying their experiences in Benghazi. But they were followed by others such as Sheriff David Clarke and Senator Tom Cotton.
Senator Deb Fischer also joined the delegation on the floor — though not a delegate herself.
And then there was the over-the-top entrance by the candidate himself, and the fantastic speech delivered by Melania.
Which got rave reviews by everyone, even the most cynical commentators…and then the news broke after the speech.
Here’s the thing about “plagiarism”: It’s only really bad when you’re trying to take a shortcut and not get caught. Say you’re a student, and you’re trying to write an idea about why the Treaty of Ghent was a bad idea. You read an original idea about it in a book, even copy a passage from the author, then claim to your teacher that it was your own: bad.
Joe Biden has pretty much gotten a pass on all of the plagiarism that he did on Nile Kinnock’s speeches, because many people figure he didn’t mean to try to trick anyone. He had cited Kinnock in the past, but then when giving speeches in Iowa during the Presidential campaign, omitted Kinnock’s name. But then, “Biden’s use came under more scrutiny because he fabricated aspects of his own family’s background in order to match Kinnock’s.”
I have a feeling we are never going to get a straight answer out of the Trump campaign about how Melania’s speech is so strikingly similar to one given by Michelle Obama. But here’s what I imagine happened (or something like it):
Melania wanted, and needed, to write some of her own speech, seeing as it’s her life story. But she has never done anything like this before. So someone said, “Here’s an example of a good speech, I’ve put it through the Google translator into Slovenian so it’s easier for you to read. You put some ideas together, and then someone will help you craft your speech.”
And then Melania looked at what was Michelle’s speech, and thought something like, “I like this idea right here. Sounds exactly like something my father would say.” And then she cut and pasted it into her rough draft, along with other ideas. She didn’t think much of it, as the nerd with the bad haircut and no fashion sense TOLD her it was from a “good speech”.
So then speechwriter guy — probably different from the original guy — gets Melania’s notes. He puts them back through Google translator, bucks up the speech trying to use as many of Melania’s ideas as possible, and returns the whole thing to Paul Manafort, who has final say on everything. Speech looks good, and off to put in the teleprompter.
Now this is, at least, political negligence. But it ain’t malicious. In the Biden situation above, he may have at least figured that no one was going to know about a speech from a British politician. But here, it would be (and was) obvious! You could never hide it.
So, even if the above explanation is completely off, there is no way there was any malicious intent.
Just disappointment …that it is now a giant distraction (Manafort is claiming that it wasn’t copied from Michelle’s speech…) from what was otherwise a very well written and delivered speech.
Well anyway. Considering that the early session on Monday now feels like it was a a year ago, by Thursday, Day 1 will likely feel like 10 years ago.
That being said, there better be some major efforts to end the thing by 10pm CT each night. It was awful that the speakers in the end, like Joni Ernst, were talking to an empty room.
You can’t exactly blame organizers for putting in a speaker after Melania, since who knew she would kill? But three or four (I lost count) more? And it should have been clear to give retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn the hook after five minutes, tops. Did anyone think he’d be a riveting convention speaker?
The ONLY way!
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Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska alternate delegate Rod Edwards after the contentious morning session of Day 1 at the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
Edwards talks about the arguments on the proposed roll call vote on the rules that caused a stir in Cleveland. He gives his perspective on the what happened, how it went down and some of the suggestions now being lobbed around by each side.
Edwards also talks about what it might mean to have been “strong-armed” by a Trump supporter to remove your name from a list, and what that might be like on the receiving side.
He finishes up by talking about the atmosphere in Cleveland, and what delegates are most impressed by.
Well…along with the rest of the GOP around the country.
And you’re going to hear lots and lots about what’s happening — and not happening. But your best source is always Leavenworth St.
But I awoke to one of my favorite writers already kvetching about the proceedings in Ohio.
I disagree with Jonah Goldberg that the Convention is supposed to be some lineup of every House and Senate member trotting out a prepared speech to the teleprompters — or that the party’s not unified enough.
That is not the modern show, and that’s not what the viewers are looking for.
The angry right keeps chuckling at themselves that Melania Trump and the Duck Dynasty guy are speaking. (Let’s see, candidate’s wife and very popular conservative TV guy. Oh the horror!)
But then here are some other featured speakers tonight:
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
And those are just the top political names. There are a half dozen others who are speaking on a certain theme.
Note they are survivors — and loved ones of those who didn’t survive — from Benghazi and Afghanistan. My guess is they will be a solid speaking group tonight — and through the rest of the week.
So no, this is not going to be a convention about Ben Sasse and Trey Gowdy. And the Bushes and Romneys won’t be there.
But Cruz, Carson, Rubio, Christie, Ryan, McConnell, Gingrich and Pence will be.
I have a feeling that Republicans will get enough of the stalwarts to satisfy them.
The red pantsuit was a dead giveaway…
Hey look who snuck into and out of Omaha on Friday evening!
Democrat House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi! The country’s top liberal!
She swept into Eppley Airfield, unannounced, motorcaded over to midtown and got out of her fleet of black SUVs at the Grey Plume.
(And Democrats in town are saying, “They sure as hell have BETTER been raising money!“)
She just jetted directly into town to try the Grey Plume’s $27 Chicken Roulade (with pear, turnip, shallot, feta and english pea). Or possibly the $37 Alaskan Day Boat Halibut (with breakfast radish, ramp, orange, farro tabbouleh and fava bean).
Because she certainly didn’t bring her Secret Service detail into the Big O to meet with the Democrat Union Bosses and their members at a union hall. And she didn’t venture into South O to try the Carne Asada at La Choza and rub elbows with some of her constituency.
Maybe she was just in town to thank Brad Ashford for repeatedly voting for her for Speaker of the House, and for voting WITH her 78% of the time.
You know, just an atta-boy and a pat on the head.
Because it sure as heck wasn’t a visit for everyday voters in the 2nd District.
Who Ashford claims to represent.
Leavenworth St. will (likely) be posting at various irregular times this week with shorter posts coming out of the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
For instance, you may see posts about Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena being interviewed by Stephen Colbert…
Or the Fischers of Valentine, Nebraska taking in the events (notably, Senator Deb and her nephew Sam)…
Or just the regular goings-on of the delegates rummaging through their boxes of swag.
And, Leavenworth St. will do its best to keep you — and the delegates — abreast of all that is happening in the Home of Rock and Roll!
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Trucker-hat topped, Western Nebraska Jane Kleeb and… City-fied, smart-busy suited Jane Kleeb.! She’ll be whatever she thinks you think that she thinks you want her to be!
Never say #Never again…
The “Free the Delegates” movement at the Republican National Convention was dealt a likely fatal blow yesterday, when the Rules Committee defeated all of the attempts to open up the convention to counter-Trump candidates.
Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh and her backers had bragged that they had at least 28 pro-Conscience-Voters on the Rules Committee to issue a “minority report” for the entire convention to vote on. Instead they only mustered 12 votes out of 112, and seem to be at the end of their rope.
Even National Review, which has been solidly anti-Trump, and has #NeverTrump leader Senator Ben Sasse as their go-to guy, tweeted this morning:
Sort of a strong statement, especially considering that their gang of Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson and others are still probably in that camp, to say nothing of Sasse.
But it is difficult at this time to see what that group does.
It always seemed that #NeverTrump was born out of a desire to see Trump lose the primary, and a hard stance seemed like the only way to really make the point. Once the primaries ended, it seemed like a futile, and nearly pro-Hillary cause, except that some still held out hope for things to change in Cleveland.
But now that it seems Trump will be the official nominee in a week. Where does #NeverTrump go?
Shoe Shine Regulators Nemesis
Speaking of Senator Sasse, he stepped up to the plate with Senator Mike Lee of Utah and pushed a bill to get rid of regulations on shoe-shiners in Washington, D.C.
Come up Pence!
Senator Deb Fischer had her weekly call with the Nebraska media yesterday, and she noted a few things:
1) She disagrees with President Obama on his recent call to push national standards for local police. She reiterated her position that local communities have a better handle on these types of issues than the feds — that New York is different than Omaha, is different than Grand Island, is different than Valentine.
2) As reported by the Nebraska Radio Network, she supports Donald Trump’s pick of Mike Pence for VP. She noted (to a very intelligent, and handsome questioner) that while she had never personally met Pence, “He is looked upon as a very solid man. He has a reputation of being a good governor for his state. I think he would be a very good addition to our ticket.”
Bringing the Bacon
Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon released his fund-raising numbers for the last quarter, and the news is a dramatic uptick.
Bacon has raised over $300,000 since April — great numbers for a Congressional campaign in the 2nd District. (Much less than $200K would have been a poor showing. Anywhere from $2-300K would be good. Over $300K? Excellent.)
As noted in their presser:
“As a point of reference, Bacon’s fundraising during this quarter has surpassed the campaign of Brad Ashford this time two years ago. In 2014, Ashford raised $229,421.75 during the second quarter with $195,829.92 being raised following the 2014 pre-primary report.”
This race is still Democrat Brad Ashford’s to lose. But all indications are that it is still neck-and-neck. We should expect this race to be hard fought until the end.
Rock and Roll!
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Omaha Steaks’ Bruce Simon had filed a lawsuit. The OWH reported that he was hopping mad about the plan for resurfacing side streets, or the cost thereof. It seemed to be a big deal.
As a matter of fact, it was SUCH a big deal that State Senator — and much-rumored Mayoral candidate to-be — Heath Mello took to The Facebook to declare that HE had taken “responsibility” (he even looked the word up in the dictionary, to make it official) for fixing roads.
He cited a bill that he pushed through the legislature to help roads, and THAT was his clear marker that HE was going to be the road-fixing Mayor.
Then a funny thing happened.
Mayor Stothert made the announcement about the street repair plan that she’s been working on for months.
And she called Bruce Simon to explain it to him.
And, (whoops Senator Mello!) Simon dropped his lawsuit!
And said “he’s happy with the new plan.”
Here, let him tell it:
“What Mayor Stothert has done is taken a very fair, measured approach to getting this done and doing it in a way that won’t bankrupt the city and still is a really, really fair approach.”
So there ya go.
While Senator Mello was demagoguing the issue to help his nascent Mayoral campaign, the Mayor let him and everyone else in on her PLAN.
Maybe the “responsible” thing for Senator Mello would have been to ask around first.
Harshing your mellow
It is certainly interesting that the 36 year old Mello thinks he has the breadth of experience and knowledge to be the Mayor of Omaha.
His current gig is “Community Affairs and Development Specialist at Metropolitan Community College”. He has been a staffer for elected officials. And he has been in the Legislature.
Not bad experience mind you, but not exactly the level of past Mayors. Mayor Stothert was on the City Council and local school board before being elected. So was Jim Suttle, who was also an engineer. Mike Fahey had years in business. Hal Daub has seemingly done everything. P.J. Morgan was in real estate.
Maybe Mello is still planning on a City Council run to help him make that leap to Mayor. But a jump right to the Mayor’s office for the the 36 year old certainly seems…interesting. (If not hasty.)
The Nebraska Healthcare Alliance’s National Healthcare and Insurance Reform summit at UNO focused on the Health Insurance Tax or HIT that will be re-implemented (it has been delayed by Congressional action) in 2017 if Congress doesn’t take new action.
HIT is a multi-billion dollar tax imposed on health insurance premiums for low and middle class workers, seniors, businesses, as well as Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. HIT hammers those who can least afford it. The $100 Billion tax will be assessed on insurance companies, who will then be forced to pass it along to consumers.
Just another hidden feature of ObamaCare that needs to be eliminated. (And you wonder how many more of those there are…)
The GOP Convention Rules Committee meets in Cleveland today, with Nebraska delegates Joyce Simmons and J.L. Spray representing Nebraska.
The letters are still flying with the Kendal Unruh “unbinding” plan to free all delegates to “vote their conscience”. There was word a few days ago that they had 28 delegates on the Rules Committee to submit a “minority report” to the full body for a vote, but that waits to be seen.
FWIW, #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson today released HIS idea for who the convention should pick after they dump Trump: President Scott Walker and Vice President Ted Cruz. The first guy and the last guy out of the Primaries.
Ya gotta have a dream, I guess.
Tweeting the Convention
Keep updated on ALL the machinations of the GOP Convention by following @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter! And I have created a Twitter List, for Nebraska delegates who will be Tweeting during the convention.
It’s still in build stage (with only has the committee members now), but the link will stay the same as more are added for next week: Nebraska GOP in Cleveland.
Also, be sure to listen to the last podcast with Nebraska delegate J.L. Spray, on the very important Rules Committee which meets later this week. He gives very informative view on the various issues that will come up, especially on the Dump-Trump faction.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse took to the Twitters and another social media format last night to give ONE-LAST-SHOT at convincing GOP Convention delegates to dump Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential nominee.
Sasse couched this diatribe in a “sacred duty of voting for the average Joe”, word-play. But make no mistake, this was directed at the delegates heading to Cleveland.
Sasse says, in a section subheaded “Strategic vs. Conscience Voting”:
I do hope, however, to explain to these strategic voters why many other Americans think that voting means more than just the least bad option on the ballot. Call us “conscience voters.”
You got that? He votes his “conscience”.
Regular readers, as well as listeners of recent The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast featuring Rules Committee delegate from Nebraska, J.L. Spray, know that idea of “voting one’s conscience” is the idea being pushed hard from Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh.
Unruh’s plan is to have a motion go to the floor (and they are now saying they have 28 delegates for the “Minority Report” to go to a floor vote from the Rules Committee) that allows convention delegates to “vote their conscience” on who should be the nominee — as opposed to being confined to following the will of those pesky state primary voters.
Right now the “conscience” vote is the buzzword for Dump-Trump. When you hear it, you know.
By the way, who should the nominee be if the conscience of the delegates say Dump Trump?
To the smoke filled room!
You thought the butterfly ballot was confusing
But as long as we are dissecting Sasse’s latest late-night word cloud, let’s note a few things.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if Sasse had given this speech to the delegates at his home state convention, instead of to the comfort and safety of his laptop?
It could have been a surge, starting from those he represents, in theory, instead of just to the D.C. cognoscenti, which is much of his current constituency.
Next, Sasse has an interesting theory about voting, which dovetails with the concept of candidates on the ballot.
See, Sasse talks about voting being about “what America means“, and “moral leadership” and (some would argue, most importantly for Sasse) “what sort of candidates we want more of in coming years“. Ah, that.
But here’s what Sasse missed about the pesky “voting” part:
The names ON the ballot.
For one, people DID already vote. They certainly did in places like Indiana and Nebraska. And Trump won.
And then there’s the part about WHO will be on the ballot. So, let’s pretend for a minute that he’s not just talking to convention delegates, but that he’s talking to November voters.
There are going to be three or maybe even five or more names on the ballot for President. Of those, one of two have a shot.
And you can sit with your arms crossed or flush your vote to Gary Johnson if you want. But either Trump or Hillary will be sitting in the Oval Office in January.
And no matter how you think others will interpret your actions, it won’t matter what people think you think. One of them will be the new President.
Now, if you would like someone else — someone better — to run next time? Then tell that person TO RUN. Because you can’t beat someone with no one. And then, maybe — just maybe — campaign for them. Sitting back and saying how much you hate the leading vote-getter is not a strategy. Well, maybe it’s a losing strategy.
Sasse talks about people wanting a disrupter, but that not all disrupters are the same. Some disrupters just want to watch DC burn, he says. Others (he counts himself among the latter group) will “lay out an actual vision for the future and where they will take us.”
Yup, sometimes people do hope that elected officials keep to their campaign promises. The things that got them elected. The THING that got them elected. The THING they campaigned on. And ran ads on. People do hope for that.
And as far as that goes, here are a few things.
Yes, the people of America — especially the Republican voters who gave Trump the nomination — want to disrupt Washington. And of that bunch of 17, it came down to two “disrupters” — Cruz and Trump. And THE PEOPLE voted for Trump.
So let us go through this rigamarole once more:
IT’S EITHER TRUMP OR HILLARY.
That’s the choice.
And it’s really starting to sound more and more like Sasse would rather take Hillary Clinton for 4 years, than have Donald Trump as President.
To quote the final passage from Senator Ben Sasse last night: “What am I missing? You tell me…”
Wait a minute! What an I supposed to do with my “We Don’t Coast” license plate?
And then there’s my “Rare, Well Done” bumper sticker?
Now we have “Nebraska: Good Life. Great Opportunity.”
It used to be just, “The Good Life.” But now with the “GREAT” opportunity, it’s like “Life” is getting short shrift.
But at least they didn’t go with the original logo suggested by the $65,000 branding company:
Requiescat in pace
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Seth Rich, the Nebraska native working for the DNC who was murdered in Washington, D.C.
Many who read this blog are staffers in D.C. and other places, and have taken the same sort of steps in their careers. We wish the best for those close to him at this very difficult time.
Festivus in July
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