Before we fly into Federal Friday, first a few fine facts on…uh…other stuff.
Amember those Ben Nelson campaign ads that were about Ben Nelson, looked like this…
…starred Ben Nelson, were specifically approved by Ben Nelson and had Ben Nelson’s name all over them?
But Ben claimed that they weren’t actually campaign ads at all? They were really “issue” ads?
Yeah, well the three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission all agreed that Nelson’s argument smells about as good as that skunk he talks about.
Said Democrat Commissioner Ellen Weintraub :
“For me, there’s no way to get around the conclusion, therefore that this is a fully coordinated communication with candidates who are running for reelection and it is for the purpose of enhancing their electoral prospects.”
And to anyone who has watched Nelson’s ad: Well, duh!
But the other half of the Commission decided that the Democrat’s plan to get rid of these ads was over the top, so they decided to do nothing.
From the deciding vote on ObamaCare, to the Cornhusker Kickback, to defining what it means to violate the spirit of the FEC regulations. That’s Ben Nelson everybody!!!
And hopping back to our discussion yesterday…Governor Dave Heineman noted, as we figured he would, that he will hang on to that $5 million check from the Feds to create a Health Insurance Exchange, until the Supremes decide if the ObamaCare requirement is Constitutional.
You may remember that Ben Nelson — the deciding vote on ObamaCare, which created this mess in the first place — was complaining that Heineman should give the money back. And Heineman ended that discussion quickly noting without Nelson’s vote on ObamaCare, none of this would even be discussed.
But, of course, that was not even the best nugget of Don Walton’s LJS story.
It was this:
Asked whether he continues to encounter requests from national Republican leaders that he reconsider his decision to reject a 2012 Senate race, Heineman said:
“There are national Republicans and Nebraska Republicans who encourage me to run for the Senate almost every day.
“I continue to tell them no,” the governor said.
We are picturing a supporter standing outside the Governor’s McMansion, in the rain, wearing a trench coat, holding up a huge radio playing “In Your Eyes“. Intoxicating stuff.
Yesterday or the day before was “World AIDS Day.” Big story in Warren’s OWH. Showing people holding signs. Talking about people spreading “awareness”. People going to Africa, and such.
But a couple of things that caught our attention:
In Nebraska and Iowa, the number of AIDS deaths are down since the early 2000s but can vary from year to year. The number of new HIV infections has generally continued to increase or remain steady.
So that tells us that people’s habits haven’t really changed at all. But what HAS changed are…the drugs.
You know, the drugs. The multi-part cocktails that have turned AIDS from a death sentence into Magic Johnson’s not-that-big-a-deal affliction.
And yet no where in that whole story is a mention of the incredible, life saving, world changing contribution from Drug Companies — BIG PHARMA — to turn that death sentence into a common malady.
Seems to us like that has been the biggest factor of anything.
Just something to think about.
OK, since we started this, we will keep it going:
It looks like, for Iowa anyway, it is going to be coming down to this battle:
Mitt or Newt.
(And if you think that’s bad, just for the 2048 Election where your choices will be Justin, Cassidy or Zach.)
Let’s frame it right there anyway. Because unless you have a really strong argument for why another candidate is going to float to the top, it really seems to finally be between those two.
Who do you like? Who’s going to win? And, well…why?
Dive in. The water’s…eh…luke cold-ish.
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