Big Apple Bob

Another day, another anti-Cosmic Bob Kerrey ad. This time a web ad from the NRSC. See it here:

We hate to step on the AFP and their $100K media buy with the spot we featured yesterday, but we think the NRSC’s spot really hits Kerrey’s issues on the head. If this spot ran on TV for a week or two, Kerrey’s numbers would plummet. And they probably will with AFP’s as well.

And we await the Cosmic decision this week…


Hey, what year was the War of 1812? Well, don’t go looking on Wikipedia for the answer today (besides, some smart aleck “editor” probably changed it to 1830 anyway). Wikipedia has blacked itself out today, to protest the proposed “Stop Online Piracy Act” a/k/a SOPA. (All bar bets are off!)

Many internet companies have suggested that SOPA could/would crush the free and open internets.

And one of the MOCs who just changed his mind on SOPA is Rep. Lee Terry. Terry had been a co-sponsor of SOPA, but as of yesterday, withdrew his name. Terry says that further review has left him with the conclusion that the bill, as written, does more damage than it would help.

We imagine that we have a dog in this fight, but really don’t know what all the real implications are, either way. Our guess is that these types of bills overreach, and the people who write them don’t know what the actual implications are either.

Hmm. Wonder what other bill, that became a law, is like that? You know, something that “we would have to sign in order to find out what is in it”. Not usually the best plan, eh?


The White House is giving word that the President is NOT going to say yes to the Keystone XL Pipeline by the February 21st deadline, because review of the newer “around the Sandhills” route hasn’t been completed.

Gee, didn’t see that coming. And what are the odds that a dead rat eating beetle gets in the way?


As we noted on the Twitter, the LJS’s Don Walton printed the NEDems’s bitch that the recent Magellan poll had “Republican heavy sample of voters”. With no response about “Likely voters” or any other follow-up. Nope, nuthin’.

Oh, but plenty of up top response from Paul Johnson, who would be Kerrey’s campaign manager. Let’s be sure to see what he thinks.

And there is your political journalism lesson for the week.


And thanks for the anniversary wishes from yesterday. (Leavenworth Street is six years and one day old today.)


  1. I see says:

    I see the Nebraska Dems are up early to blog this morning…. posted at 928,930,933.

    Maybe they should head over to occupy lincoln and help them take down their tents.

  2. Macdaddy says:

    SOPA is Internet censorship plain and simple. Anyone could shut down any website unless the website owner was able to clear things up with the government within 5 days of the allegations being made. Yep, it’s that bad. Say good-bye to LS blog, or are you absolutely positive, Sweeper, that you have zero copyrighted content anywhere on your site. And if you did, do you have express written consent from the owner to use it, and could you provide that documentation within 5 days? (Kiss your SABs good-bye.) And then tomorrow the next allegation would come, and the day after that, and the day after that. Maybe there’d be 100 allegations in one day. SOPA is pure evil. I’m pretty disappointed that Lee Terry thought it was a good idea ever, but I am heartened to see he saw how bad it really was. I don’t think people are over-reacting.

  3. Too many Americans have given their lives to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today. Congress seems intent on eradicating each and every one of them. SOPA is just the latest in a long list of our rights that they have either crushed under their boot-heels, or are about to.
    Wake Up America!

  4. 10:35,
    Jen Rae Hein, as I’m sure you well know, is Governor Heineman’s Communications Director.
    And since you are obviously VERY late to the party, I’ll lay it out for you:
    Jen Rae Hein is NOT Street Sweeper.
    Never has been. And she has never written a post on or for Leavenworth Street.
    She has taken a little bit of shit for this, and for that I feel bad.
    So I hope this little comment clears that up for all of you.

  5. Macdaddy says:

    Sweeper is a guy. Yesterday’s post removes all doubt.

    On to the next subject: the State Department is going to turn down the pipeline today. That’s over a month before the deadline. In other words, they hate lower gas prices, they hate jobs, and they think that by doing this now, the American voter is too stupid to put 2 and 2 together and hold Obama responsible for passing up shovel ready opportunities for America. Un freakin’ believable. What do these people do all day that they think they can stop working a month early? They say they couldn’t get the review done so they quit? For being the smartest President in the history of ever, Obama sure is an incompetent manager.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Lee Terry is an idiot who can’t research and decide for himself whether or not he should support any type of legislation. He probably agrees to be a co-sponsor of his buddy’s bills over drinks at the Capitol Hill Club, and then realizes later, “Whoops! People don’t like this bill for some reason. Take my name off of it!” What a moron.

  7. Actually says:

    Admitting a mistake and changing one’s mind, based on more current and accurate information, is actually the way intelligent people operate. Hanging on to the past just because it is easier on the brain is sure sign of intellectual laziness. I have new found respect for Mr. Terry.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sure in some instances — but not when it’s a pattern. And there is no reason to sign on as a co-sponsor of legislation UNTIL you have enough accurate information to make an informed decision.

  9. Anonymous says:

    In fact, it can be downright dangerous to list your name as a co-sponsor on legislation until you know the full ramifications of the bill. A MOC’s name as a co-sponsor can have a lot of influence on the right (or wrong!) people.

  10. Oh Mander says:

    Wow that one really blew up in House Republicans’ faces. They forced Obama’s hand on XL, and they got burned! Had Boehner and Co. simply allowed the regulatory Mulligan for the new path to run its course (i.e. allowed for an independent and unbiased third party EIS, which takes time) things might have been different. Instead, they started a pissing contest with the one guy with the power to pull the plug on the whole thing by attaching an unrealistic timetable to the unrelated tax cut extension bill. Republicans spent the last three years calling President Obama a pussy, and now they’re complaining because Election Season Obama finally sacked up?! HUGE misstep by House leadership IMO, so let’s not forget about them while we’re doling out blame for this debacle.

  11. Anonymous says:

    A day late and a dollar short, but congratulations on your anniversary of six years of success! I’ve enjoyed your creative work and look forward to reading even more

  12. Macdaddy says:

    Oh Mander, Obama is going to eat this one. He gave up. He had 60 days to do it and he didn’t even try. I guess he needed to go play some more golf. Oh, and take a $4 million vacation to Hawaii. In the meantime, the rest of us schmucks are going to have to wait another year before this project gets going and starts creating jobs and lowering gas prices. Obama thinks he skated out of this one. Wait until this summer when gas prices hit $4 a gallon and the Republicans start hammering him with ads about Keystone. There were plenty of ways to get this approved and make his base happy. The Unicam handed the whole thing to him on a silver platter and he said no. Kind of makes me wonder what really motivates him. But then again maybe he really is as lazy as he claims to be.

  13. Kortezzi says:

    Obama’s announcement against the re-routed KXL is just to prepare a bargaining chip.
    The negotiations over extending the 2% lower Social Security tax rate for the remainder of 2012 (i.e., from Mar 1 – Dec 31, 2012) are in the works. Also in play are an AMT patch, extending the R&D credit, ethanol subsidies, and dozens of other lapse tax provisions. The KXL will likely get OK’d as part of a larger deal on these things.

    If that doesn’t happen, look for GOP presidential candidates to start vowing to approve the KXL the day they’re sworn in. The pipeline delay tactics won’t end for certain until Jugears is out of the White House – – 52 weeks from now, God willing!

  14. @anon 1:49 says:

    If sweeper was going to do a little self promotion, don’t you think the post would’ve been accurate in stating what band Fischer likes?

  15. RWP says:

    independent and unbiased third party EIS, which takes time

    If the first EIS, which took 3 years to produce, was not independent and unbiased, whose fault was that? How is Obama going to blame the GOP for screw ups by his own State Department?

    And what sort of industrial base can we possibly recover in this country, if it takes 4 1/2 years just to give a project the go ahead?

  16. Actually @ 11:54 says:

    Next post could you at least make it not so obvious you work for Lee Terry. A “newfound respect???”
    why did you not have that respect after flipping on Social Security or his about face on the robo bill???

  17. Anonymous says:

    Lets not confuse our own desire for lower gas prices with that being Obama’s aim. It isn’t. He said he wanted to make coal unaffordable to force Americans to use other sources of energy. He hasn’t drilled in ANWR for our own oil. And if he thinks voters won’t change Presidents mid-crisis, then America’s widespread pain may his electoral gain.

    The same might apply to his opponents, only they aren’t in his power seat. And unlike Obama, they haven’t vowed to raise energy prices to force Americans to change.

  18. NDP Chair Vic Covalt says:

    Mark Fahleson don’ quit your day job…Seriously don’t quit. The QOTD for the non compastionate GOP is any words that come our of your line up of weak GOP senate candidates. The fact is Ben Nelson WOULD have beaten any of them and you know it!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, Covalt is still sitting beside his phone waiting for a Democratic Senate candidate to give him a ringy-dingy. Maybe Ben can call him to say it was all just a big ploy to see whether Nebraska’s Democrats really loved him and if they’d beg him to come back. Or he can wait for Cosmic Bob to shit or get off the pot.
    Sorry Vic, but none of those things is going to happen. Maybe you’d better hit the phones and start doing some arm twisting. We hear there is a soft porn producer in Omaha that’s interested in the job!

  20. RWP says:

    Norm Wallman is one of the stupidest men I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter. It’s sort of a symbol of how low unicam members rank on the general totem poll of life that a human brick of this sort could get elected. Thank heavens he’s almost term limited out,

    And yes, in theory he represents me, though of course he doesn’t really represent anyone with an IQ over 70.

  21. OMG says:

    I actually agree with Brian T. Osborn on his SOPA and also his NDAA stance his post is actually well articulated, accurate, and well correct. A post by BTO that I completely agree with!!!

    OK now who is impersonating BTO. What happened to the lovable Bat Sh#$ Crazy, mafia connected, not by choice virgin we have come to enjoy abusing???

  22. SoWhat??? says:

    Let’s not forget to credit the NE legislature and Governor Heineman for giving President Obama political cover for denying the KeystoneXL permit. All of the President’s supporters on this decision never fail to mention the “reroute and new environmental study” as part of the justification for the denial. Way to go Governor Dave…you putz!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    GEEZ, what is it with Republicans and counting ballots? First Florida in 2000, then Ohio in 2004. Now Iowa in 2012. Where did you learn your math, in RWP’s classroom?

  24. SoWhat??? says:

    Vic Covalt is an idiot and proved by his own statement above. If Ben Nelson thought he had a chance of winning reelection, he would have run again. Ben knew he was going to lose, so he chose retirement, leaving the “all powerful NDP” without a candidate.

  25. RWP says:

    Seems to me the biggest problem in Florida in 2000 was Democrats too dumb to read a ballot created by a Democrat, and voting for Patty Buke when they intended to vote for Al Gore. I’m waiting for some Dem to claim elections are unfair, because a lot of their voters just can’t understand the ballot.

    BTW, 7:15, don’t sweat my math. You need 2 semesters of college calculus just get through the door of my current course. I doubt I’ll be seeing you any time soon.

    Don Walton, as usual, is running interference for Bob Kerrey this morning, pushing the line that when Kerrey said he was to the left of Obama on health care, that just means he really, really likes Medicare, Medicaid and the VA.

  26. Oh Mander says:

    RWP @ 3:50: We both know the that the conflict of interest-riddled environmental review was not simply an “oversight” on the part of the State Dept. They could have gotten this through quietly, but Trancanada starting low-balling and strong-arming landowners, and they insisted on crossing protected federal land, so the protests got bigger and louder. The State Dept got caught, so it’ll be by the book from here on out, and that means more time.

    You speak broadly of the types of road blocks in place for manufacturing, but I think you are lumping two categories of projects together that don’t belong together. A simple development (e.g. a generic manufacturing facility) built on a relatively small plot of private land does not take nearly as long to permit as a transcontinental pipeline traversing protected federal land. You don’t do EAs and EIS for localized private construction, so involvement on the Fed level is limited. Avoid wetlands and T&E species, apply for an air permit, control your storm and wastewater, and you’re done. Not that hard. The road block is they have to pay their employees enough to hover at or around the poverty level, and that’s the real deal breaker for companies that make anything small enough to cost effectively ship half way around the world.

  27. Slacking? Really?

    You’re getting DAILY posts, for FREE, and you’re bitching that you don’t get them fast enough?

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the perfect example of the Obama Generation!
    Plenty to learn by reading the Comments section…

  28. RWP says:

    We both know the that the conflict of interest-riddled environmental review was not simply an “oversight” on the part of the State Dept.

    We don’t both know that. I’ve seen accusations. I’ve also read the EIS and don’t see the problem.

    That’s not the point, though. Obama is the President. if the State Department conducted a flawed review, it did so on Obama’s watch. He is ultimately responsible for the conduct of a review that he now says does not pass muster, and the three years wasted on that review. You can’t blame Bush or the GOP for it. The buck stops at the Oval Office.

    An environmental approval process that takes upwards of four years is a major impediment to business.

  29. Come on Sweeper says:

    Stop arguing with people commenting and work on a NEW post.!!!! Sweeper this is the problem with you gen Xer’s you are slackers.. Now get to work you slap!!!

  30. Oh Mander says:

    You don’t see the problem in the EIS because it was written by a firm that stands to make millions in new business if the project goes through. Maybe the EIS says there will be limited adverse effects because that is in fact the case. Or maybe it says that because this firm likes money. We just don’t know.

    I think that this project could have gone through without these delays had Transcanada not ruffled so many feathers in the process. Avoid critical habitat here, sweeten the offer for hold-out landowners there, and you’ve got yourself a pipeline. Large scale projects have adverse effects, so you have to placate those affected quickly and quietly if you want it to get approved quickly and quietly. Transcanada’s refusal to compromise early on (and yes, Obama’s “oversight”) contributed to the delays. House Republicans insistance on fast tracking approval of the new yet-to-be-determined pipeline corridor after the proposal caught the nation’s attention – not the lengthy review process itself – is what killed it.

  31. RWP says:

    You don’t see the problem in the EIS because it was written by a firm that stands to make millions in new business if the project goes through. Maybe the EIS says there will be limited adverse effects because that is in fact the case. Or maybe it says that because this firm likes money. We just don’t know

    Stop dodging the issue. Who hired the company? Who is therefore responsible for creating the (according to you) flawed report.

  32. Macdaddy says:

    Oh Mander, who stands to profit if the pipeline doesn’t go through? OPEC. Now why in the world would Obama favor OPEC over Canada? This is not an idle question. The pipeline will carry over 500,000 barrels of oil a day. That’s 2.5% of our daily use and 5% of what we import. That would take a big bite out of the Wahhabists’ oil revenues. Tell me again why Obama favors OPEC over Canada?

  33. Oh Mander says:

    I didn’t dodge it – you just changed the issue. My previous posts were in response to your complaints about the length of time required to get a project off the ground, which in this case is much longer than usual because of Transcanada’s mistakes, not because the EIS process is some sort of broken system.

    Addressing your new point, I say “oversight” because I think the Obama Admin was originally in favor of the pipeline and recognized that hiring an industry insider would keep the ball rolling, but they had to back away from it after the Sierra Club, landowners, BNs, et. al. started making noise. Yes, they effed up by selecting Cardno Entrix. But had Transcanada offered land owners a few extra bucks before going eminent domain on their asses, and simply avoided land that everybody else has to avoid, no one would have noticed and the project would have been approved 1+ years ago.

  34. Oh Mander says:

    Mac – I’m not arguing the merits of the pipeline. I get it. I’m just offering my two cents on how and why everything went horribly wrong.

  35. RWP says:

    I didn’t dodge it – you just changed the issue. My previous posts were in response to your complaints about the length of time required to get a project off the ground, which in this case is much longer than usual because of Transcanada’s mistakes, not because the EIS process is some sort of broken system.

    Crap. There was no mistake by TransCanada involved; in fact, they did an incredible amount of work with BLM and the Forest Service even before applying for the permit (way back in September 2008), to make sure all the environmental is were dotted and ts were crossed. They filed an environmental report in November 2008. Obama’s State Department Published a notice in the Federal Register in late Jan. 2009, announcing they would be doing their own EIS. The draft EIS was produced in April 2010. Then there was a supplemental draft EIS. Then there was a final EIS in August 2011. Obama was supposed to decide within 3 months of receiving that final EIS. Instead, he punted for yet another year. It’s a disgrace, and it shames the United States.

    Cardno Entrix are a frequent contractor to the federal government for this sort of report. Their scientific staff is large and well qualified; the report is voluminous. The claimed conflict of interest is fanciful.

    Obama, when he came into office, said he would make his decisions based on the science. He lied. He made this decision, or rather non-decision, for political reasons, to avoid alienation one or another part of his base.

  36. Macdaddy says:

    And Obama’s giving up on the whole thing with 35 days to go before the deadline is also shameful. I kind of think the American people deserve more of an effort than that. I would love to see how little effort went into fulfilling the law in the previous 25 days. My guess is none. He had to get his vacation on, after all.

  37. Oh Mander says:

    I disagree. If Transcanada would have done it right – that is avoid land that everyone else has to avoid, and pay fair market prices on pipeline easements – the general public would have never known their name. Did anyone give a shit during the first phase of Keystone? If we’re talking hardcore environmentalists the answer is probably, but who cares. If we’re talking land owners along the corridor, the answer is maybe. But if we’re talking the general public, with which I’ll lump Joe Schmo and catty blog operators alike, the answer is no. Rule #1 when asking the government for a favor is keep a low profile. Mistakes were made, and I don’t feel sorry for foreign corps that underestimated the power of pissed off peons.

    And the COI with Cardno is real. I am very familiar with EA and EIS reports and how they come to be. You can hire reputable firms to write whatever what you want. I am not making excuses for Obama – if you say he lied I’ll believe you, I don’t care enough to look up the quote. Everything he does is a calculated political move. That’s why he is part of the club.

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