As we Tweeted Sunday night, we have word that Omaha City Councilwoman (Councilperson?) Jean Stothert has alerted GOP insiders and others that she will indeed run for Mayor of Omaha in 2013.
She joins Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, State Senator Brad Ashford and Mayoral re-call leader Dave Nabity as those who have announced their intentions for Omaha’s top office next year.
Stothert’s announcement is not a big shock to anyone running in those circles, but it makes it (semi) official, and will start making supporters begin to choose sides. Some would argue that Stothert has the best chance among Suttle opponents and may be the leader in the pre-season GOP polls. (You know, if “they” took such a poll.)
One last name among the conventionally wise is that of former councilman Dan Welch. Welch told the OWH that he would be deciding within the next three weeks. He would be an interesting name in there, and could split traditional GOP supporters of Stothert as well as those who battle the unions with Nabity.
And with at least three relatively strong candidates with some natural constituencies, there is certainly room for someone else. Someone well funded could potentially break into that group and pull out a second place (with the assumption that Suttle takes the primary lead).
This will be an interesting campaign in the background of the ’12 election cycle.
Bob Kerrey went to the Nebraska Democrat Convention over the weekend and announced that he believes in picking the winners and losers in the American economy. (Some call that the “S” word.)
Kerrey, speaking to his choir of Democrats, stated that he is for “Economic Justice”. Interesting term, that. It is certainly a popular slogan among the Occupy crowd, and no doubt among his former students at The New School in New York.
And what do those in favor of “economic justice”…favor? Well, in order to have “justice” you have to have a judge, yeah? You decide that someone picks the winners and the losers. Or will take off the blindfold and put their thumbs on the scales of justice.
So who does Cosmic Bob think the judge should be? Him? Congress? The President?
See, America has been successful specifically because there is no one one picking winners and losers. It is the markets that control this. The system works because individuals are allowed to take risks and succeed — and/or fail! — according to their effort, skill and whether those in the marketplace are interested in what they are selling.
But Kerrey, and the occupiers and their brethren think that is is not “fair” that those who are successful…are successful. Someone else needs to be standing over them, making sure their version of “justice” controls the marketplace.
And once again, we really are not surprised about this coming out of Kerrey’s mouth. He is a Leftist Democrat, and has grown comfortably into that characterization especially over the last 12 years. We do not doubt he could comfortably make that proclamation in NYC. But in NE, people understand the code of “Economic Justice”. It means higher taxes, more regulation, and government deciding how to spread your wealth.
And one more reason to elect Deb Fischer.
Oh, and apparently Kerrey and Ben Nelson (more on him below) have polled on the Fischer grazing land issue and figure that is Kerrey’s path to victory!
And they mock (ho, ho, ho!) Fischer for her suggestion that the question of grazing rights should be considered. Why does she not take action on it now, they ask!
Which is interesting. Because, for one, if Kerrey doesn’t think people should get something for nothing, we hope he is giving The New School back the $3M he got for leaving, while the school is losing money and raising tuition.
Oh, and if he has a beef with Deb not moving fast enough on her opinions about grazing rights, then he should immediately, voluntarily, start paying the higher taxes that he has promised to push through if elected.
And by the way, nice that Kerrey is using Nelson as his attack dog. Leave it to Kerrey to trot out a surrogate who is even more unpopular than he is.
And speaking of The Benator, uh, this does not look good.
From the Washington Post, in a story entitled, “Lawmakers reworked financial portfolios after talks with Fed, Treasury officials”, we give an extended quote.
In late 2006, Congress started crafting legislation to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a major effort to stem a rising tide of defaults on risky loans given to home buyers with poor credit.
As Congress worked to rein in the two government-sponsored lenders, Fannie and Freddie pushed back with aggressive lobbying campaigns, stalling the effort in early 2007.
Paulson started working the Hill, trying to break the deadlock and win support for the revisions. He called and met with a number of members of Congress, including Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), on this and other reform efforts.
Paulson and Nelson spoke on Jan. 10. The next day, Nelson sold between $250,000 and $500,000 in Lehman Brothers certificates of deposit. (Congressional financial disclosure forms list only approximate ranges.) Nelson also purchased between $100,000 and $200,000 in Treasury notes, a safer investment.
On Feb. 12, Paulson met at 4 p.m. with Nelson in the lawmaker’s office in the Hart Senate Office Building. That day, Nelson bought $50,000 to $100,000 in Treasury bills.
That year, Nelson had only one other call with Paulson and no other meetings, records show. He made 103 other trades during the year, eight of which exceeded $100,000.
Nelson declined to be interviewed. A spokesman said that the senator discussed only policy matters related to disabled veterans during the call and meeting with the Treasury secretary and that the senator learned nothing that would have influenced his trades.
“Like everyone in Congress, Senator Nelson is bound by the laws, rules and guidelines established for members of Congress,” Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson said in a statement. “He carefully follows both the spirit and intent of them. He has not, and would not, have conversations with Executive Branch officials about matters affecting his personal finances.”
Under congressionally imposed ethics laws that cover Treasury secretaries, Paulson and Geithner would have been prohibited from making the same investments. Congress prohibits Treasury secretaries from investing in financial institutions or Treasury securities.
Nelson “has often sought and had one-on-one conversations with numerous cabinet secretaries under both President Bush and Obama on dozens of issues before Congress,” Thompson said in an e-mail. “That’s what good legislators do, they seek dialogue and understanding at the senior level about local, state and federal policy matters, as well as foreign policy issues.”
Paulson, through a spokeswoman, declined to discuss his conversations with members of Congress during the financial crisis.
No idea on any further details, but…whoa. Seems like the sort of thing that gets investigated.
And back to Kerrey, it seems that Mrs. Bob Kerrey, Sarah Paley has done what anyone who is trying to keep a low profile as a political spouse does: She wrote a six page essay in the national magazine
“Vanity Fair” “Vogue” (funny that Politico got it wrong, or maybe it’s in both?), posing in a full photo in her Manolo Blahniks, about how she is dealing with the hicks in Nebraska while her husband runs for Senate.
Now should we discuss a political spouse? Aren’t they “off limits” and all that? Well, usually that is the case — until said spouse decides to write her own article on the process, taking on Karl Rove, abortion protesters and the average Nebraskan.
A few outtakes:
Bob’s opposition likes to point out as often as can be pointed out that we reside in Greenwich Village (translated: Sodom and Gomorrah). They seem unaware that this part of Manhattan is not that different from Dundee.
Translation: Try visiting a city bigger than Kansas City you hayseeds!
Oh, and for those of you who have never visited the Village (or “the West Village” as Kerrey corrected his interviewer a few weeks back), here is what Greenwich Village and Dundee have in common: they both have paved streets.
But Palley doesn’t stop there. She needs to throw out a little shocker to show her hipness (and keep in mind, this isn’t an interview. This is an article she wrote. She is a writer by trade and chose her words very carefully):
Yes it’s true we can walk to our local sex-gadget emporiums, but we natives are not the people crowding the Sex and the City tours that include those shops.
Translation: I am REALLY hip. Did you see how I referenced “sex-gadgets” there? Super hip. Oh and once again, I am so hip that I wouldn’t be caught dead on one of those TV tours. For hayseed tourists. From Nebraska.
My love of anonymity is why I perhaps overreacted when huge cooler of frozen Runza sandwiches was delivered to our house in Manhattan.
And if you REALLY love your anonymity, there is no better place to flaunt it than on the pages of Vanity Fair. With a full color photo of you and your son.
And if a true New Yorker can’t guffaw at the word, “Runza”, well then they can just head over to Jersey. (And again, why the denial of the West Village?) But, on to Nebraska!
Midwesterners even have their own language: They say “pop” for soda, “sack” for bag, “billfold” for wallet.
You would think they at some point they could start speaking correct English like everyone in the West Village…er, Manhattan.
And by the way, for a somewhat successful writer (Ooh! Namedropping fellow SNL writer Al Franken! Have to mention this at the next dinner party with Lorne), is there anything much more hackneyed than the, “they have different words for things in other parts of the country!” schtick? Is it really that baffling? And what, no mention of the “hotdish”?
Leaving Omaha, you drive through farmland and behold what Nebraska is supposed to look like. Mesh silos that you can see through if they aren’t full of corn, red barns with copper roofs, and fields of yellow soybeans.
Well, at least that is what Nebraska is supposed to look like to someone who is used to the friendly streets of lower Manhattan. For some of us, Nebraska looks like the Old Market and Rosenblatt and South 24th Street and “O” Street and the Haymarket. But, you know, even though she obviously has been there lots of times, it is better to tell her New Yorker friends reading this what their untraveled eyes will want, right?
Oh, and she ends with the hayseeds, probably gripping their guns and their Bibles, heading to Lincoln in droves for a “foot-ball” game. And she emphasizes as she ends her piece, with a final F-you:
“I do not like football.”
Which is fine. Hey, we here in the L.St. offices have never met Ms. Paley. She may just be the Salt of the Earth type, and a wonderful person. And our intention to support Kerrey or not would have nothing to do with what we thought of her. A pol’s spouse really does not influence us either way on either side of the aisle
But we REALLY tire of these bullshit, “I went to that place where most people fly-over, and here’s what I saw” articles from those on either coast. The fact that Ms. Paley is a politico wife is just her “in” for writing in
Vanity Fair Vogue. (Hmm, either works.) And we don’t care if it is her, or some dude from the Boston Globe, or another from the sports pages of the L.A. Times: write a stupid piece on Nebraska, prepare to be critiqued.
Oh, and New York smells.