While some of those out there may be saying “Who?” when Dinsdale’s name came up, YOU, Leavenworth Street reader, of course remembered back to 2011 when L.St. talked about Dinsdale looking at the 2012 race. Dinsdale of course bowed out, but obviously his interest was piqued.
Well, when two outlets have stories about a candidate, it gets just that much more likely that said candidate is doing more than just “thinking” about it.
And with that, we are hearing (nothing confirmed, mind you) that Dinsdale has hired Beth Kramer (wife of former state GOP chair and Senate candidate, David Kramer) — likely in a fundraising role.
Now, even if that is 100% true, that doesn’t mean Dinsdale is in-in. Heck the dropout of Democrat Steve Lathrop from the Governor’s race for no real apparent reason (like a Flood or Sheehy type reason) proves that.
But it is our sense that Dinsdale is bored with cutting ribbons and the like, figures he is just as smart as the rest of the candidates, let alone the rest of the Senate, has all the dough he needs, and this is his best shot. Of course, if he has a talk and realizes he doesn’t really want to spend his time in coffee shops and Elks Clubs across the 3rd District he might change his mind. But we have a feeling that the race just expanded.
Dinsdale has some GOP bona fides working for him too — having supported both Lee Terry and the ouster of Jim Suttle in the recent past. He supported Democrat Peter Hoagland in the past as well — but we aren’t sure how much that could sting him. Then again, in the crowded primary with a parity of candidates, each will be clawing for whatever advantage they can get.
We very much anticipate a battle over the next 9 months.
Baumgart has made it his personal mission to take a break from raising money, recruiting candidates and enrolling GOP voters and instead attack sitting Nebraska Republican Members of Congress. Baumgart has decided to take on Obamacare, or more specifically, those from his state who he does not see sufficiently against it.
Baumgart wrote that “we will be offering a CR that includes funding for govt operations…” in regard to the “government shutdown” issue. Well, no HE won’t. Members of Congress do get to offer that sort of thing, but Chairmen of County parties, as a rule, do not.
And in his campaign against Obamacare, Baumgart has seen fit to specifically call out Jeff Fortenberry as not heeding his wishes on the subject.
Baumgart wrote on Facebook, “I am extremely disappointed in Congressman Fortenberry,” and “You couldn’t be more wrong Congressman!!!”
We are not saying we disagree with the sentiments that Baumgart states.
He may, or may not, be correct regarding his efforts to support defunding of Obamacare.
And frankly, reasonable Republicans can disagree on this point.
But…IT AIN’T BAUMGART’S JOB TO DISAGREE WITH REPUBLICANS.
His job is to get Republicans ELECTED.
He is out of school, off the reservation and should STFU.
He wants to support the position, fine.
Heck, he wants to personally put a call into Fortenberry or Terry or Johanns, fine.
But as soon as he starts calling out Congressmen in public, he has crossed the line.
Criticizing Fortenberry? Writing that people should call Fortenberry or Terry or Johanns to tell them to vote one way or another on his favorite bill?
Over the line.
He is a party official, and that means he supports his members – up until they have crossed the line.
And at that point, more than anything, if he thinks he shouldn’t support them, he can keep silent.
He can cross his arms, shut his mouth and pull back from the keyboard.
There have been rumors that Baumgart wants to primary Congressman Lee Terry. We sort of doubt it. Mainly because Baumgart would get his clock cleaned.
We have also heard that Baumgart is actively recruiting other candidates to challenge Terry. We don’t know if that’s true, and we hope that it is not true.
But here is what will happen if the Baumgart and the Douglas County Party keep this up:
The RNC will go right around them like they have done in Nevada, New Mexico, and Louisiana over the years. They will set up their own victory organization and deny the Nebraska GOP hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There was a day when if someone like Baumgart did what he did, he would get called into the woodshed by the senior members of the party.
We don’t know if that has happened, or will happen.
But someone should tell Baumgart — part of the Ron Paul “Republican Liberty Caucus” — the job of the Douglas Party Chair.
And he should learn it or get out.
Oh, and by the way, it’s Bart “McLeay”, not “McCleay”.
And on the subject of Congressman Lee Terry, we see that Jane Kleeb’s Boldies visited his Omaha office the other day to present him with an “award”.
Of course it was sweet that the local union dudes showed up to counter the Boldies Pipeline protest with a counter-protest of their own.
But what we found interesting was that the Boldies were chanting, “Let them spill. I’ll just think of all those little things they’ll kill,” (because what sort of a Leftist protest would it be without a moronic chant?).
However, they then gave Terry a trophy for being a “Congressional Climate Denier”. (And we would add that we are positive that Terry does not deny that there is, indeed, a climate.)
But that gets back to the point: So what’s this anti-pipeline b.s. all about? Pipeline safety? (Of course not, otherwise they would want MORE new pipelines, not the current old ones.)
The Aquifer? (Of course not, since there are many pipes near aquifers and the experts have made it clear the pipe poses no threat.)
So they have made it clear what their real agenda is: climate change. Uh, yeah kids, the climate changes. Always has, always will. Is it getting hotter? Well, recent data says, maybe it isn’t. Or even if it is, that doesn’t conclude much. And even if you decide that that there is man-made climate change, this pipe has nothing to do with it, and wont’ change it one way or the other.
Oh and in the mean time, get back in your oil powered car, enjoy the comforts of living in the modern world, and stop using Nebraskans for your simple-minded Leftists schemes.
A few notes:
The OWH says that Ricketts is “expected” to run. (Hmm, we don’t remember seeing any sources on that…)
We are hearing Ricketts for Governor in September.
FWIW, Newsmax chooses Shane Osborn as leading the Senate race.
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