In case you missed it, a video has been making the rounds of an exchange between state Senator Burke Harr and witness David Nabity at a hearing on the CIR bill before the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee.
Harr was trying to nail Nabity on some point and…well… take a look:
Our first impression of this is (beyond, wow that was a a funny vid), Harr has spent too much time taking depositions, trying to get his opponent to commit to some embarrassing statement.
The whole “I get to ask the questions” argument is straight out of a depo. But the difference here is, instead of having six or seven people in the room, it was before the public and the press and anyone else who cared to listen.
Is “no questions” the rule for a witness? Probably. But Harr’s questions and follow-up made him sound like a bully when Nabity was giving a reasonable response. “Keep your answers short”? They weren’t sitting in a law office or a courtroom. It’s the people’s chamber. We get it Senator. You want him to answer your leading question the way you wrote it.
But for Harr to jump down the throat of a witness like that made him look uncertain about his positions while hiding behind his office. Some may say it made him look like something else.
“When you get elected you can ask the questions”?
Harr’s constituents probably have a few questions for him.
By the way, credit for production of that video goes to Jeremy Jensen of York, head of the local Tea Party group there.
We were impressed by the production value (particularly the intro) of a vid that he whipped together in a day. (He noted that he was inspired on the clips from “Groundhog Day” by the Separated at Birth on Leavenworth Street.)
Nice job. We are looking forward to more.
Senator Ben Nelson reportedly racked up a million bucks in fundraising for his (potential) Senate re-election campaign.
We say “reportedly” because we have yet to see the actual report.
But we found the spin that his campaign manager Paul Johnson was already putting on that million clams:
“The numbers indicate that Nebraskans and supporters across the country approve of Nelson’s ‘bipartisan approach’ in Congress.”
Oh, do they now? Huh.
Nebraskans…and supporters across the country.
Wonder how much of that cashe came from “across the country.”
Could be a very interesting report to pick apart.
And the good Senator said that he supports President Obama’s goal to make lots of cuts in the budget, but not the President’s goal to raise taxes.
See, except that the President’s plan doesn’t work (if it works at all) unless you also raise taxes.
So you are either in with the President’s plan to raise taxes, or you aren’t with the President.
So (OK, grip your armchairs because things are going to get crazy here) Senator Nelson is (SHOCK!) playing it both ways!
Nelson? On the fence???
Whoa. Take a seat. Deep breath…
And hey, if the weather keeps up, the Spring Game will be just like a late October game!
(Probably the first one to mention that, right?)