The IRS, Justice Department and Benghazi scandals continue to rock DC and consume pretty much 135% of the political air and airwaves. But in the meantime, some are concerned that the those scandals will pull attention away from the legislative politics in DC and allow some issues to slip through the cracks.
The Immigration Reform bill scittering around the Senate and House is still looking to find various Republican supporters. Retiring U.S. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska, who had initially signaled his relatively firm opposition to the bill, has apparently been targeted as one who could be flipped. Ag immigration reform is apparently his issue, and many note that as a lame duck, he may feel that he can pretty much fly as he wants (get it?!) without much concern about what the constituents back home think.
Except that Johanns has never really struck us as that type of legislator.
We would be surprised if he didn’t take into account the feelings of a vast majority of Nebraskans when considering his vote on what many believe to be a bloated and wildly unbalanced immigration bill. People will bicker about some of the details, but the fact that it does nearly zero for border control, gives amnesty to lawbreakers and will mean massive, massive increases in government spending over the next twenty years at least, should give pause to anyone looking at the thing. And of course, if you were an immigrant thinking about taking your chances to illegally enter the U.S., you would have greater incentive to go for it, right? Heck another amnesty bill will be just a few more years away!
It was interesting to see the national story making the rounds about Deb Fischer’s recent constituent meets around the state. A big chunk of the story notes Nebraskans vehemently telling Fischer to vote against the bill — which Fischer has promised that she will do (vote against it, that is). Fischer certainly hasn’t been Washingtonized to ignore her constituents when it is clear that they can see bad legislation.
We will watch to see if Johanns can be led down the buddy-path in the Senate, to be convinced that he is doing something for the “greater good”. That is one of those paths that is always filled with good intentions…
An interesting turn in the upcoming Senate-race follies, as the LJS’s Don Walton notes that at a recent speech, Governor Dave Heineman sounded like a Senate candidate. This apparently after he talked to some former-Governor, now-Senators, to get their scope on the newer gig. (Oh an the NRSC is likely giving him the heavy sell as well.)
This would be a change from what we have been hearing about Governor Dave’s decision process — but then only he really knows. (Though Heineman has confirmed a June deadline set for himself.)
This on the heels of former NEGOP Chairman Mark Fahleson tweeting his support of Midland University President Ben Sasse for a Senate candidacy. Fahleson indicated that he was tweeting all on his own — with the hopes of convincing Sasse that he should run.
You may remember when we talked about a potential Sasse candidacy back in February. If Heineman is out, Sasse could be a big maybe with the likes of Shane Osborn, Pete Ricketts and likely Jeff Fortenberry as being “ins”.
A Governor Dave 300 lb gorilla-dunk would be nice, but a full-on primary would be oh so much more interesting, no? (Are we biased on this point???)
And we didn’t really say too much about Omaha Mayor-elect Jean Stothert’s 360-slam (keeping with the NBA finals-esque theme) over Mayor Jim Suttle.
It was an interesting story from the OWH from various voters noting the themes that the Stothert campaign hammered against Suttle. (And so just maaaaaybeeee Stothert wasn’t wasting her money when she was running TV ads early after the primary…)
And usually in these races we don’t like to be sour grapes on a the loser or winner or whomever.
But, in this case…
How about Suttle and the Fire Department deciding to…fire… Stothert’s husband from the Department’s medical director position — which HE HAD BEEN DOING FOR FREE!
And there was some very vague type of reasoning they barely attempted to set for sending him off — but let us all be crystal clear: It was payback for Jean Stothert — not Dr. Joseph Stothert — taking a hard line against the Fire Department. (You remember the Fire Department guys. The ones who (allegedly) came up with the Stothert stripper-poll t-shirts.)
So when the Omaha voters finally dumped Jim Suttle the hell out of office, they did what the American electorate could not bring themselves to do: get rid of the dirty-politics liberals.
We have no doubt that the aforementioned IRS scandal is the tip of the iceberg for the Obama Democrats, who feel entitled to use their elected offices to persecute their political enemies. But it is really just sad to see Suttle and the Fire Department make the exact same moves — and Omahans get to pick up the bill. They not only lose Dr. Stothert’s knowledge and expertise, but now they get to pick up the bill too.
Gee, it is a wonder why Omaha voters kicked Suttle to the curb.