That ballsy man is Dayton Headlee (pictured at right with you-know-who), U.N.O. student and author of his CrashingBothParties.com blog. Dayton blogs about his time volunteering at the McCain HQ in Denver and hobnobbing with the reps of both parties, including Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Nelson and Scott Kleeb.
Kudos to Nelson and Kleeb for taking pictures with McCain-garbed Headlee, while perennial grump, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, refused.
We will be following Dayton’s vagabonding in Denver and Minneapolis — where he has a guest pass to the GOP’s shindig (he came that close to being an alternate delegate from Nebraska). Be sure to take a look.
We mentioned in our last post about Scott Kleeb deciding to take Mike Johanns head-on in the “global warming” debate (and how has your August been?). Well Kamp Kleeb has taken it a step further by posting Johann’s closing debate comments on their YouTube site and crowing about it on their Daily Kos blurb.
(Of course, shouting it for Kleeb’s chief liberal constituency on Daily Kos and yelling about it on KRVN radio are two different things.)
In any case, it would seem that the Kleeb and Johanns campaigns have a genuine issue that they can battle on:
Should Congress spend people’s money and force them to change their everyday life with the hope that it will change the weather?
(If there is another or better way to phrase that, please comment on.)
By the way, the UNL “Center For Applied Rural Innovation” recently conducted a survey of “rural Nebraskans” on global warming, and 53% of respondents said the government needs to respond immediately to global warming. Interesting info for both sides to to chew on.
(In this mail-in survey however, 6,200 mailers were sent out and the survey is based on the 40% that were returned. Were “global warming needs to be fixed now” believers more likely to return this survey? You be the judge.)
And speaking of Kleeb, he gave an extended interview to the Hotline on Call, published yesterday.
In it, he continues the claim that he lost his first Congressional campaign against Congressman Adrian Smith just barely (a full 10%), and that at some point in the race he was “winning” but lost because of George W. Bush’s visit.
(By the way, we’ve mentioned it before, but be sure to read Stuart Rothenberg’s summary of Kleeb’s Third District loss, and the full debunkization of the claim that it was “close”.)
Just so we don’t let those kind of comments sit out there, No Scott, you were never “winning”. There is no halftime score in a campaign. And your own push-poll doesn’t count either. Further, since we’ve never heard the end of how horrible George W. Bush has been, how on Earth could he have helped Adrian Smith’s campaign?
But the part that really cracks us up in this breathless interview is where Kleeb says the only thing that is preventing him from doing great in Omaha (just like he’s doing in the 3rd???) is to meet more people there. Of course that’s real hard to do when you’re busy meeting with your ultra liberal constituency in Manhattan, Dallas and Washington D.C.
Finally, for those fans out there of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, you should watch this clip from the other day of host, and former Republican Congressman, Joe Scarborough GOING AT IT with liberal reporter David Shuster. It gets really heated when Shuster tries to claim that he’s an “Independent”. Hilarious. They were ready to come to blows…