Lathrop for Congress?

Steve Lathrop

We are getting word, just trickling in now, that… State Senator Steve Lathrop is looking much more likely to run for the Democratic nomination to Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat — the seat Congressman Lee Terry just got re-elected to — than for Nebraska Governor in 2014.

We’ve heard various reasons at this stage, but one may be his thoughts of better odds to win in the 2nd — as displayed by John Ewing’s close race — than statewide — as displayed by Bob Kerrey’s race.

Lathrop may just feel that if Kerrey can’t win, what chance does he have.

More as we get more info.


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  1. To Lathrop Fan says:

    Yeah, after the Ewing close call, Lathrop would CRUSH Terry.
    Just like Tom White crushed Terry after the Jim Esch close call.

    At least that’s how I remember all the White people framing it.

  2. Let's Be Honest says:

    As much as I despise Steve Lathrop, he’s run circles around Mike Flood for years. He wins because he’s always the last guy in the room. I could easily see him beating Sheehy, Flood, Stenberg, Bruning, or the supposed “Schilz/Janssen – Janssen/Schilz” for Gov. – he’s smart and knows how to play his cards. Even though he wouldn’t probably play well in the 3rd district, he’d probably do well in Omaha and Lincoln. “Governor Lathrop” would be economically disastrous for Nebraska. So I’m glad to see him try to tackle Lee Terry instead.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmm, better baton down the hatches for all the crap that will fly in this fight! Huge labor and lawyer $$$$$$$$ in that race!

  4. Never Left The Neb says:

    Lawyers don’t give. Tom White was supposed to take Lee out, that didn’t happen. Hope Lathrop’s D*I*V*O*R*C*E was a clean one…

  5. ricky says:

    For goodness sakes SOMEBODY put Rep Terry out of his misery. Make him come back to Nebraska and get a real job instead of taking up space in D C making a salary for producing nothing.
    Stop carrying water for the lobbyists surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline Mr Terry.
    You have ruined that too. And stop siding with Paul Ryan and Todd Akin and Murdock from Indiana with them re-defining rape so you can appease people like JSA and get between a woman and her doctor. End of the line coming soon for Rep Terry. Let’s hope. Or maybe Sarpy County will go bankrupt with the Sarpy Royals stadium and turn their backs on the G O P for a change. One can hope.

    ricky from omaha

  6. Anonymostly says:

    Hey, LBO, why do you despise Steve? I know Steve. He’s a terrific guy even though he’s a lib. He’s not like a screaming, batsh!t crazy leftist like Danielle Conrad. He’s more of a pragmatic liberal. And he’s one of the more effective legislators not named Ernie Chambers that we’ve seen in Lincoln in at least the last 30 years. I’d say our lifetimes.

    Anyway, I don’t agree with his politics but you have to give the guy credit. He is a very effecitve politician and one underestimates him at one’s own peril.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So you then expect goverment to produce something? What is that something exactly? Jobs? Wealth? Value? Food? People like you, who think goverment is productive rather than limiting of individual freedoms, murdered 200 million innocents in the 20th century.

  8. Steve Who? says:

    Just think, had Jean Stothert run on Republican principles in 2006 rather than distancing herself from the widely popular Governor Heineman she wouldn’t have lost by a handful of votes and no one (except a few politicos) would have heard of Steve Lathrop let alone float his name for higher office.

  9. Interesting says:

    Lathrop running for Congress makes more sense then him running for Governor. But if the Dems weren’t so easily distracted by shiny things, they would convince Lathrop to run for AG. They think Terry looks weak but Bruning has a lot of work to do to repair his image. Seems like the perfect time for the Dems to try and take a state wide office and set up a Governors run in 4-8 years.

  10. Macdaddy says:

    If Lathrop thinks he can beat Terry in 2014, he’s delusional. Ewing was an African-American pro-life candidate who ran in a presidential year with an African-American at the top of the ticket. Everybody knew who Ewing was because they had to write several large checks to him every year. He still couldn’t beat Terry. And does he think Democrats will be more popular in Nebraska in 2014? Not hardly. Then there’s the small problem of redistricting, making the CD2 more Republican, not less. But the local news media will be happy to take Lathrop’s ad dollars!

  11. Anonymous says:

    If a Democrat runs for office in Nebraska long enough, it doesn’t matter if they are the reincarnated Karl Marx; they will eventually tell Nebraska voters “I am conservative like you.”

    All politicians want you to eat their crap sandwich. Democrats, being greedier for bigger government power, are naturally better at lying because they serve up a double portion without the bread.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous @ 9:29 AM – After serving up that casserole of leftover excrement, do you even realize the irony in what you just wrote?

  13. Anonymous says:

    People who are the most trusting of big government power, which is tyrannical uniformity over individuals, believe they stand tallest for the rights of individuals to be different from each other. Now that’s ironic.

    All freedom is innate and individual. Freedom only exists to whatever degree government doesn’t squash it with law that individuals cannot escape. People aren’t the same. Forcing them to be the same is tyranny. That’s exactly what federal law does. A federal law that actually fits “all” citizens is as rare as a congressional bill that gets unanimous votes. Each inescapable law is a cookie cutter that painfully slices off vital parts of every individual who thinks differently, who doesn’t fit its confines of its sharp edges. Freedom is your ability to move to a different state or jurisdiction free from what you feel is intolerable law. Federal solutions prevent that most essential freedom.

    Every federal candidate, right and left, is the government our Constitution exists to protect us from. Scrutinize each. And know that when a Conservative promises to face every problem with a small/local solution and work up to the inherent tyranny of federal solutions only as a last resort, while that promise of freedom may turn out to be a lie as the incumbent bends to the seductive joy of tyrannically wielding federal power, that risk of Conservative hypocrisy is infinitely better than the honest guarantee of tyranny by Liberals who promises to view ever problem as needing a federal fix. Liberals, progressives, neo-socialists promise laws that demand uniform national obedience and thus make all Americans unable to escape one man’s benevolence that is another man’s tyranny.

    Today the voting majority of America seems to mistake federal enslavement for freedom. That’s ironic. The voting majority of Nebraska, on the other hand, chose a promise of freedom over lying Liberals.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous @ 10:31 AM, Please move to the desert, the mountains, or to an island where you can truly exist as your own man, and let us know how your efforts to Balkanize America work out for you as you lead your followers from your secret headquarters in your cave.
    Oh, wait, as a rugged individualist, you won’t have any followers, will you?
    What you believe in is a myth, it is the product of novel writers and Hollywood screenwriters. Maybe there’s a place for you on Tatooine. May the Force be with you.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Have you bled one drop for this nation, even a bead of sweat? We haven’t heard anything but smart assed big goverment wind from you. State here how freedom isn’t individual. Explain how goverment produces other than tyranny. Make a case or just be the ass wind you have been.

  16. Macdaddy says:

    Nice straw man you got there, Anon 11:15. Anon 10:31 has it exactly right. Liberals bitch and moan and “speak truth to power” about the evil Republicans and their Patriot Act and civilian deaths and overseas rendition and Gitmo and attempts to limit abortion, oh yes! Let’s not forget about them ladies, y’all. Keep your rosaries off my ovaries. But, oh my. Gitmo is still open. The Patriot Act was renewed by Obama with no changes. Obama has assassination baseball cards, some of which have the faces of American citizens. I admit, Obama’s drone strikes with (LOL) no civilian casualties, hahahahahahaha, makes Bush look like Liberace but they are accepted docilely by Code Pink, ANSWER, and every other left-wing group that was screeching incessantly about Bush. Obamacare allows the federal government to fondle, metaphorically, every organ you have EXCEPT your uterus while the TSA is the federal agency literally fondling every organ of yours they can get their hands on.

    But don’t worry, Anon 11:15, our fellow Americans agree with you. They like themselves some big, comforting, soothing government. Enjoy the win! Pay no attention to your hypocrisy because nobody will hold you accountable anyway.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous @ 7:56, Please point out where I have ever advocated big government. You’re jumping the shark. Freedom can be individual, it can also be collective. Do you think every veteran fought for freedom only for him/herself? Government is the guarantor of your freedom, but you are too ignorant to understand that.
    Macdaddy @ 10:29, Focus. Take a deep breath, and try to focus. The conversation has nothing to do with the piles of steaming excrement you just deposited here.

  18. Macdaddy says:

    Anon 8:16, you’re the clueless, ignoramus here. You don’t see that the government is a double-edged sword, one edge of which is seldom used anymore. The point is that you see these little gifts, free birth control, abortion anytime, anywhere, anyhow, Obamacare, as true freedom. Those things are nothing. At the same time, the government is slowly removing the things that made us a community: reliance on yourself, reliance on your neighbors, acting responsibly for yourself and the larger community. In its place comes various government programs which suck and rich people are going to pay for. You can’t see that everybody pays for this crap. You can’t see that when the faceless bureaucracy takes over, the community suffers. You willingly vote for a man who wants you dependent on government. Who willingly executed American citizens without a trial. Who gives hundreds of billions of dollars of your money away to his rich buddies. This is who you voted for. But you’re the courageous one here because you voted against that evil Mitt Romney who might have made you buy your own damn condoms. Penny wise and pound foolish is what you are.

  19. Anonymous says:

    8:16. Since you ask… You advocate for super big government when you say freedom “can also be collective”. That is core Marxist philosophy. And when you say “Government is the guarantor of your freedom”, you are magnificently wrong per our founders. But thanks for spelling out the socialist core idea, we’ve heard it before.

    Government is not the guarantor of any freedom. We as individuals guarantee our own freedom by constraining government to obey us. To govern is always to control, to limit others, to be the master. Those who order us are literally our government. And a tool we use to constrain them is a Constitution that limits their natural abuses of free individuals. It limits government’s natural tyrannies, which thereby creates a vacuum of tyranny into which the freedom of individuals may arise and fruit. That is not government creating freedom but freedom arising from individuals who use their tool to divide government so as to pit government’s natural tyrannies against government’s natural tyrannies.

    Our Constitution lists natural rights of individuals that in each case push against the tyrannies of their own government. The balance of our Constitution heaps proscriptions on government itself as checks and balances. And our Constitution does all this based entirely in the power and freedom of the individual, who, according to our Declaration of Independence that underpins our Constitution, does not have freedom guaranteed to them by any government but has the natural freedom within their person as an unalienable right over “any Form of Government”.

    How in the name of all that matters, can anyone born in freedom not know this?

  20. Anonymous says:

    A Liberal blogger here writes, days apart, to different people, of a “casserole of leftover excrement” and “piles of steaming excrement.”

    Now where have heard that kind of specific language before? Hmm?

  21. Interested Observer says:

    What do we make of Republican Senator, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, who said last week he’ll no longer abide by the Grover Norquist pledge? ABC News has an interesting article about it.

    “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” he said in a local interview.

    And also Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who said, “The only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece. And Republicans should put revenue on the table,”

    Peter King, another Republican from New York said, “I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss — a pledge he signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that Congress,” and “The world is changed and the economic situation is different.”

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Looks like I’m too late to buy a copy of “Atlas Shrugged” for my crazy uncle. They done all been bought up. As for me, I like flying in planes I know have been checked out; driving on interstates that are maintained and appropriately signed and marked; eating food that I can trust isn’t going to kill me and probably is what is is labeled to be; giving toys to my nieces and nephews that aren’t made of poison; swimming in rivers that aren’t flammable; reliable mail service for my business; knowing that police or fire responders aren’t going to shake me down before they help me; eating in restaurants that have been inspected; knowing my cousin isn’t working on a job site that is unsafe and that he is being paid for the work he did, (I could keep this up all day, but alas, I’m a small business owner, I need to go back to running my small business and making money in this great country that my family fought for to keep free)!
    Can’t think of a single freedom I’ve lost because of Obama, though… Thinking, thinking, thinking… nope. Not one.

  23. Macdaddy says:

    Mr Small Business Owner, you’ve lost the ability to run your business in keeping with your religious principles, if you have any. So go pay up for your employees’ abortions.

    I won’t even get into the gazillion new regulations Obama has passed in 4 years. Just remember, ignorance of the law is no defense.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Macdaddy, Just plain ignorance is no excuse either, but you use it all the time. You really should have your paranoia treated by someone that can help you.

  25. Anonymostly says:

    So, I see Morsi in Egypt has made a power grab to become an absolute dictator. The Muslim Brotherhood is happy because they’re hoping he establishes Sharia law (which doesn’t pay for birth control or abortions — although it might cover a few beheadings).

    I wish someone could go back and grab all the sound bites of liberals talking about what a wonderful thing the Arab spring was. They were getting rid of a dictator in Egypt and replacing him with flowering democracy. Except what the people voted for was to replace one dictator with another. Which certainly could be worse for them and definitely will be worse for us because where we once had a stable, semi-pro-western regime in power in Egypt, we now have whatever was behind door #3.

    That Obama dude, he is frickin’ brilliant. Just frickin’ brilliant. And the media still isn’t telling the story of Benghazi. As a candidate and as President, the media covered his ass more than any person in human history with the possible exception of Stalin.

  26. Anonymostly says:

    I laugh at how our liberal friend always plays the “that thing we see over there which you support never existed” card. It’s as though he thinks he can win the argument with nothing by conclusory assertions that “what you believe in never existed.” Liberal don’t debate facts or idea; they debate emotions and feelings. And, when confronted with something they don’t like that they can’t refute, they just call it a steaming pile of excrement. But that’s not really an argument. It is, however, proof that the public education system is failing our young people who think it is an argument.

  27. Anon 11:28, because the government does some things with a modicum of success, that doesn’t mean they should be allowed to do whatever they want, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’ll do everything successfully.

    I know it’s difficult to understand, but the government does those things you mention because we, the people, have decided to empower the government to do those things.

    And if you can’t think of a single freedom you’ve lost under Obama, then your imaginary small business must not require you to fly commercially.

  28. Macdaddy says:

    Anon 1:13: Great comeback! You really got me with that one. Is the treatment of paranoia covered under Obamacare? Please, O Great One. Please treat my mental illness at no cost to me! The guy down the street looks like he’s doing pretty well. Tax him.

  29. SusieQ says:

    Steve would make a good Governor. We’ve had a long string of Republicans that have been less than impressive. Does anyone remember the good things that happened way back when Exon was Governor? The Statehouse is absolutely overcrowded with Republicans. There are huge number of Nebraskans who aren’t being represented.

  30. SusieBlew says:

    Exon was a good Governor back in a time when a “Nebraska Democrat” was for all intents and purposes a Republican. Look at the Nebraska Democrats now…Lathrop, Heath Mello, Jeremy Nordquist, Amanda McGill…those are the faces of the Democratic Party in the Statehouse. Unfortunately, there’s enough RINOs in Lincoln to tip the scale for those Dems.

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