Again, Leavenworth Street recruited a correspondent for the state party convention over the weekend — this time the Republicans in Fremont.
We hand it over to Matt Pinkerton, who was recently elected Chairman of the Nebraska Young Republicans. Take it away, Matt!:
8:30 AM – Governor Heineman draws large applause when he calls out Democrats for their over spending, over taxation and contributions to a huge deficit. Meister was not safe either, especially for his support of amnesty of illegal immigrants.
More from Dave Heineman:
– We are the party of ‘yes’! YES to lower taxes, YES to lower spending and YES to quality jobs.
9:00 AM – Mike Meister is not safe from Jon Bruning. As if they didn’t know already, Bruning tells the crowd that “Meister puts the ‘goober’ in gubernatorial.”
[Apparently Meister didn’t like this characterization from Bruning and has asked — Nay, Demanded — an apology. Meister and the Dems think Bruning, Nebraska is more cosmopolitan than Scottsbluff? Look, it ain’t the town. It’s, well…just take a look at THIS photo…. -Ed.]
9:30 AM – Let the Lee Terry show begin! Richard Carter, co-chair of the campaign, draws the significant difference between Lee Terry and Tom White: $2 trillion! $2 trillion representing the amount of spending White would have supported in Congress if he was there this year.
Terry enters the stage, flagged by several members of the Blue Crew and to the music of Tom Petty, “Won’t back down.”
Terry delivers an very energizes speech, telling the delegation that as a party, we must pay down the debt, balance the budget, and put people back to work. This year he put up an amendment for a balance budget. You can guess how that went over. Terry says that we have seen $1.5 trillion added to the deficit this year for a total of $13 trillion, which our country cannot sustain.
More from Lee Terry:
– Tom White would have voted FOR Cap & Tax
– Every new bill by the Dems this year includes a new tax.
– Lee Terry is 1 of 9 GOP representatives targeted by Nancy Pelosi.
12:00 PM – Senator Scott Brown arrives and greets the delegation at lunch. He is well received. So much so, Bold Nebraska even sent a minion. Question: How do you smuggle a camera and recording device into a convention you’re not invited to? Answer: Fake a broken arm with a very over dramatic cast! ‘A’ for effort!
1:00 PM – Back from a much needed lunch, the crowd gears for Senator Scott Brown.
Senator Mike Johanns set to introduce Senator Brown. Johanns discusses his work in the Senate since his election. He draws large applause for his bill to block Cap & Tax and a bill to give tax breaks to small businesses. Not to mention, his work to block funding for ACORN.
More from Mike Johanns:
– Johanns says that Nebraskans are a tough bunch of people but the Dems are more destructive than any tornado or storms this state will ever see.
– Johanns greets the crowd as fellow owners of General Motors.
– A debt that is 60% of GDP is not sustainable.
Johanns introduces Scott Brown as the 41st Senator to a large applause.
Scott Brown says that he is still driving that same pick up truck, but to the Dems dismay, it’s now parked in front of the Capitol! He warns Fathers in the crowd to never say on national TV, that your daughters are available.
Delegation roars when Senator Brown fired back at critics, “It’s not Kennedy’s seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the PEOPLE’S seat!”
Senator Brown is happy to be the party of “No” when you’re putting people’s interest over special interest. He says that Republicans offer many bills to participate, but only one Amendment has been accepted.
Senator Brown talks about how Nebraskans helped him get elected by sending him checks and making phone calls. He was happy to get here and meet some of those people.
Senator Brown says the best way to help the soldiers in battle is to help take care of their family left at home. He says the little things count the most. Help with yard work, offer to take them out for an evening, treat them for dinner. He says in most cases the soldier isn’t as worried for themselves as they are for their family.
[See the entire video of Scott Brown speaking, via Fremonter.com by clicking here. -Ed.]
1:45 PM – Adrian Smith from the 3rd District takes the stage. He says that the delegation has to be happy when Congress is not in session. He goes on to say that the people of this country continue to signal the alarms on spending, but Nancy Pelosi continues to hit snooze.
More from Adrian Smith:
– American conservatives are clearly in the majority and we’ll prove it in November
– He has a bumper sticker that reads, “We survived Carter, too!”
– No bigger affront to freedom that removal of the secret ballot in regards to card check.
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM – The afternoon finished with several breakout sessions, committee and standing reports and resolutions.
In my opinion, the hangover from the 2008 elections is gone and the Republicans have their winning swagger back. It’s going to take quite a bit of work and effort, however the energy is there. We know 2010 is going to be a good year!