This past weekend saw a couple of debates (and a 3 AM text message…).
*** We did a full-on running diary of the Terry – Esch debate on KFAB on Friday. Not that much really notable, though.
Terry rattled off all the things he has done for the district and showed a mastery of the issues. Esch said things are bad and if you vote for Terry they will get badder.
But the radiothon did have one actual dialogue, and if this campaign is remembered for anything, it may be this:
Jim Esch apparently doesn’t know the difference between a bill and a resolution.
Now there can be some quibbling about whether the “Hill-Terry Bill” is a “bill” or is an “amendment” to the overall energy bill.
But here’s the thing: it was introduced as a bill, and was given a bill number — “H.R. 2927”.
Here is what it is NOT: A “resolution”, which would have been listed as “H.Res 2927” (or other number).
A resolution is something like “a sense of the House that we should support trees”.
Jim Esch walked into the debate –his SECOND go around at running for Congress — STILL not having basic knowledge of terms and process for the job he is applying.
That is astounding.
Then there was the meet in Lincoln on Saturday for the Senate candidates.
First off: Can we put this in a sound-proof room at some point? Seriously, should you be able to hear the band go by when you are trying to decide who should vote on the next Supreme Court nominee?
And we will also ignore the fact that the Super-Loving-Trees Party candidate was included. As if that really helps us.
So in case you missed it (what, you didn’t tune in at 11 AM on a Saturday? What do you have, a life?), it was about as you’d expect.
Mike Johanns was hyper-educated on the issues and Scott Kleeb spoke in his standard Zig Ziglar–esque style. But unlike his 2nd District counterpart, at least Kleeb can deliver his spin in an effective manner.
For instance, after a detailed question about flood insurance in the Farm Bill, Johanns gave an incredibly detailed response directly to the question, that would leave anyone saying, “it would seem to me that he is familiar with this issue…”.
When it came time for Kleeb’s response, he vaguely addressed the question that was asked, then smoothly segued to his attack on Johanns (about vetoing the Farm Bill — which Joahnns then slammed back in his closing remarks).
But here was the interesting political tact that Kleeb made that makes you go “hmm“.
As they were bantering back and forth about Global Warming, Johanns pointed out that most Nebraskans continue to question the science on the issue that most Dems take as the Gospel According to Al.
In his post debate comments Kleeb then said this: “It seems like the only person who doesn’t believe the science is in (about man’s role in global warming) is Mike Johanns“.
We have news for Scott. We understand that he has been locked in an Ivory Tower for some time, and is surrounded by a giant staff of yes-men. But many many Nebraskans still feel that, 1) NOT all the science is in on global warming, 2) if there is global warming, not all the science is in on man’s impact, and 3) even if there is global warming, not all the science is in on man’s ability to have any real effect to change it.
Now, you can argue (and we have no doubt the commenters here will…) about the truth or not of the above listed arguments. But the fact remains that many, and we’d venture a majority, of Nebraskans feel that way. And Mr. Kleeb just looked down his nose at them.
As we said, interesting political move by the Democrat…
Finally, we don’t know if Chuck Hagel looked at his cell phone for his 3 AM text message, but we do know this:
Chuck is more than happy about the pick.