Interesting debate put on by Nebraska’s Ron Paul contingent, the RLC-NE, in Kearney on Saturday morning.
Well, interesting that they jammed all four of the participants onto one tiny table.
And interesting that there were pretty much NO questions that provided any separation on views between the candidates. And interesting that there were zero attacks or conflicts or questions or anything resembling debate between the candidates.
We don’t mean to be too harsh. But with all the debates between the GOP Presidential candidates this season, haven’t we figured out that people want a little something stirred up? Something that says, “this candidate is different from that candidates, because…” Heck, how about at least a question so you’ll have something to talk about on your news report?
From here on out, we ask — nay, DEMAND — that only loaded questions, delivered by Joe Jordan, be asked at any future debates.
Oh, that and separate tables for all.
Let us first say, we love being able to read the LJS’s Don Walton’s Monday political column. His is one of the few voices of just pure poltical commentary, and we like that. It’s more or less what we do and we appreciate it.
Let us take apart a few notions in Don’s column today.
First, enough of the accolades (and a photo?) for Kim Robak. Kim Robak did not refuse to run for U.S. Senate because it costs too much, etc. She isn’t running because A) she could not win and 2) she has a very good business going in her consulting gig. If she had really wanted to run, she would have done so a long time ago.
And Heavens to Betsy, there’s money in politics! Oh my the room is spinning! OK, how about this little factoid: The Main Stream Media, for the most part is controlled by Liberals. And the Liberal press constantly pushes their own agenda. Hence, the need by many non-Liberals to pour more money into getting THEIR message out — then the other side doing the same etc., etc. etc.
A few cases in point:
1) Pollster and political consultant Frank Lutz comes to Lincoln. Luntz is a nationally known and respected pollster and political mind. Someone you would expect the local paper to cover.
Anything on him on the LJS? Nope.
As noted by Lincolnian Jamie Karl:
Dr. Luntz is the author of two New York Times best sellers, was named one of the “Top Research Minds” by Business Week, and his work has been praised by Time magazine, the Washington Post, and even Barack Obama.
In a presidential election year, how sad it is that the Journal Star couldn’t manage even one sentence on Dr. Luntz’s Lincoln appearance. This despite that he spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the Lincoln Chamber Chamber’s annual luncheon held just blocks from the Journal Star’s offices.
Maybe this was because Dr. Luntz works for Fox News or because he consults conservative political candidates. Whatever the reason, his intriguing presentation to 750 Lincoln-area residents was more than newsworthy. It deserved at least minimal coverage.
2) Hey, there is a quote from Chuck Hagel in Don’s column today! We remember Chuck! He used to be a Republican! Then he went and got religion, and is pretty much only quoted when he is criticizing Republicans! So Don throws in a Hagel quote criticizing the GOP view on taxes and calling them “obstinant”!
We will just pile that one next to all the others from Hagel knocking the GOP on the millitary, cultural issues, you name it. If we had a nickel for every time Don quoted Hagel thusly, we would have, like, all these nickels.
3) We kid Don Walton for being the mouthpiece of Senator Ben Nelson. But pretty much any time Nelson picks up the phone or sends out a release or opens his mouth, Don and the LJS will quote him directly and usually not bother with a counter view or quote.
So here we have a February 1st headline from Don:
Nelson says Congressional meddling delaying pipeline
Oh, but much different here is a February 8th story from Don:
Nelson says Congress playing politics with pipeline
Well, it is a good thing we got those two differing views.
Ignore of course that both are complete and utter garbaggio from Nelson, and that the pipeline is a no brainer that has been studied to death and became a political football when radical leftist decided that tar sands oil would blot out the sun.
No, the point here is that whatever Ben says gets printed. Even if it is the exact same thing he says over and over.
So does there need to be a counter to what Nelson spouts? Of course there does. Does it cost money to do this? If you want more than just the blog readership to hear about it, yes.
It is a shame — nay a CRIME — that TV, radio and newspapers charge so much for their advertising…
Lee Terry officially filed to run for re-election late last week.
The three issues you will hear his campaign push are:
- Cutting federal spending and the debt,
- Moving the nation toward energy security and
- Continuing his track record of transparent and accessible service to residents of the second district
The Terry peeps note:
Terry said he is proud of his record on cutting federal spending. Official records show Terry has voted 157 times on the floor of the U.S. House in just the past three years alone to cut spending. Had the Senate not blocked the bigger ticket items, Terry’s votes would have cut spending $7 trillion more than currently scheduled.
On energy security, Terry vowed to keep fighting for federal approval of the vitally needed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring energy into the U.S. from a friendly source, Canada. This builds on Terry’s leadership in the energy arena, a record that includes passage of the key “Hill-Terry” fuel economy standards bill in 2007 that is projected to save the nation from importing 400 million barrels of oil annually from the Persian Gulf by 2020.
Finally, Terry said he takes a back seat to no one when it comes to being accessible to constituents and keeping them informed of important issues before Congress. Last summer, for instance, Terry held more than 60 meetings with local businesses to discuss the current economic situation and what businesses need in order to expand hiring.
Terry has received “A” ratings from Americans for Prosperity and Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom and a 92% rating from the American Conservative Union.
Oh, and by the way, on that Keystone pipeline being sat-on by Ben Nelson and supported by Lee Terry — yeah the State Department’s Inspector General said State’s review of the pipeline has been 100% above board — with no evidence of conflict of interest or bias.
In other words, the radical environmentalists who hate all things oil, have zero argument against Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Oh, and while they have their fun little hippy-dippy marches and protests and other crap, there are actual people who are out of work and in danger of losing their businesses and livelihoods while this project doesn’t go through.
We suppose their response is, “I drink a cup of chamomile tea, take half a Valium and I’m out like a baby, that’s how.”
Wonder what Steve Lathrop will announce today…
(It’s because of his FAMILY, dammit! Not because of ANYTHING Chuck Hassebrook decided!!!!)
But we will give it to Don — people (Dems mostly) still like going to him for the first news. Don tweets:
Steve Lathrop won’t enter Senate race, eyes 2014 governor bid.
OWH confirms, noting that Lathrop is not nearly tan enough to run for Senate at this time…