Nebraska Republican Party Chairman took one for the team on Friday, dropping out of the one-man race for Republican National Committeeman, and staying on as Chairman until the the end of his term in 2013.
See Fahleson’s message here:
Fahleson’s decision to drop the Committeman plan and stay as Chair knocks Brian Buescher and John Orr out of contention, and thus alleviates the building conflict between the Heineman and Ron Paul wings of the state party. (If you are OK with those arguably broad characterizations.) Of course that still leaves Fahleson to deal with the majority of Paulistas on the Central Committee, but we are confident he can work that out.
In response to this blowout, Paulista leader, Laura Ebke told the LJS:
“Our intention never was to have a major blowout” over party leadership, Laura Ebke of Crete, chairwoman of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nebraska, said in response to Fahleson’s announcement.
“The original goal of our increased presence was to elect national convention delegates,” she said. “We’re back to that.”
Which is an interesting admission.
One, in saying that their “original goal” was about delegates, she points out that their subsequent goal with John Orr was to take over the state party organization. So of course it was never about “giving another option” or some other b.s. reason. It was a pure power play.
The other point, and the bigger point in this whole charade, is that Ebke squares away for everyone that filling a majority of Paulistas on the Central Committee is ALL ABOUT getting Ron Paul’s name in nomination so he can speak at the Convention in Tampa.
It isn’t about building the Republican party in Nebraska. It isn’t about electing Republicans in Nebraska. It isn’t about furthering Republican principles, enrolling more Republican voters or improving the party.
It is ALL. ABOUT. RON. PAUL.
You got that Nebraska Republicans? Especially those of you who have seen this as your chance to take power, or get even or further your own goals? You’re really just pushing Texan Ron Paul’s (and apparently Kentuckian Rand Paul’s) agenda. Some of you are cool with that. Fine. But the rest of the 70 – 90% aren’t so much into that.
Keep that in mind as this saga continues.
And while Fahleson is out, there is still an election for National Committeeman. At this point Matt Butler will be a candidate for Committeeman. No word yet on endorsements or the like, but we believe he will have substantial support.
Now we have also heard that Brian Buescher is considering a run. Which would make for an interesting battle, possibly from the same side of the GOP aisle, as it were. We have to imagine that the Paulistas would run their own person, or that someone would try to — maybe have to — garner their support.
That other shoe has yet to drop.
By the way, if you don’t think national Ron Paul supporters are interested in what is going on in Nebraska — and that it is really all about Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign — note this: Since January 2006, Leavenworth Street’s largest hit day was the time back in December of 2006 when we were linked by The Drudge Report regarding a Chuck Hagel rumor.
Since then, we have been linked here and there by various national sites, which always bumps the hit count. Otherwise, Election Days are always big for us, and other times when big issues hit.
But after that Drudge link, our #2 all-time day, since 2006, was this past Thursday, mainly after being linked by a Ron Paul site. The linking page jeered that the L.St. post showed that the Nebraska GOP “feared” the Paulistas. Interesting way to put it — for a group arguing that they are just trying to “expand” the party, or whatever.
But away from the party goings-on, and back to the campaigns!
First, Bob Kerrey is crisscrossing the state, kissing hands and shaking babies. (And cue comment that “L.St. is insensitive to shaken babies!!!!!”)
For instance, Kerrey was at this “BBQ” in North Platte. Here is Kerrey at the meeting with his North Platte supporter.
(We will assume that’s a Kerrey staffer at the end of the table.)
And then you may have seen that the Nebraska Democrats made their first ad buy for Kerrey with an “attack” on Deb Fischer (though curiously we can only find it on Joe Jordan’s YouTube page. Hmm.). Oooooh!
See it here:
Really guys? That’s the best you got for “defining” Deb Fischer, right out of the block, eh? “Fischer is for tax breaks for the RICH!” “Fischer went to Washington DC, instead of talking to some high school kids!”
Well, that does it for us. Sure Kerrey is for partial birth abortion, has pledged to raise taxes and is for ObamaCare on steroids. But Deb Fischer took one a them aeroplanes to our nation’s capital, so…done deal!
Of course, some of you may note that Kerrey had his DC fundraisers long before Deb Fischer ever took the hop to Reagan National. And Kerrey was able to just take the train down from NYC, right to Union Station. Oh, and Kerrey made sure he talked with everyone in DC about running before talking to actual, you know, Nebraskans.
Happy 4th everyone! Now go celebrate America by blowing up a beer can with an M-80!