We will start this post with the latest video from Ben Sasse about the recent nuke dropped by Democrat Senator Harry Reid:
(Note to other camps: We’re putting up this video mainly b/c there’s a video to put up. We are always looking for stuff to post…)
Sasse’s bent here is certainly interesting, as it focuses on the influence the DC Circuit Court of Appeals could have on ObamaCare, etc. That court may now be packed as the President and Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate choose, as the Republicans may no longer filibuster. This is a specific angle that we hadn’t really heard or read about (though we haven’t read or seen all that’s there), and a good topic for Sasse to discuss, as it affects the office he is pursuing. (We’d also note that this amounts to a video press release, and there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that.)
And this video also is a nice counter to the somewhat pathetic — yes pathetic — pleading by the
Democrat Party’s LJS’s Don Walton today, where he argues that the Founding Fathers really opposed the filibuster, and that it is only through the wisdom of Harry Reid, after 226 some odd years, that we are finally able to rid ourselves of that scourge that threatened the fabric of the Republic.
Oh, and Walton also notes that the filibuster of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel is what really raised the bile in Senator Reid’s throat to make him push the red nuclear button.
Boy, whatever happened to that Hagel guy after those evil Tea Party Republicans filibustered his nominaion anyway?
Ah, but let’s march on down to our nation’s capital to see where Sasse has put himself directly into the middle of the fight between the Senate’s leadership — a’la Mitch McConnell — and the Tea Partiers “represented” by the Senate Conservative Fund.
Here’s what the National Review Online had to say today (we’re going to chop a big hunk of this for you as it is worth reading):
On Tuesday, November 12, Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air. Contrary to the rumors, Sasse wanted to say, he hadn’t secretly vowed to oppose McConnell’s leadership if elected. In fact, he hadn’t been asked to make such a pledge and would never have even considered it.
As soon as Sasse sat down, McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded “every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to show some actual leadership.”
Following the initial exchange came a series of questions about exactly when Sasse had first interacted with Matt Hoskins, the hard-charging executive director of SCF working to elect McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, in Kentucky.
Sasse’s answers, several Republicans familiar with the episode say, did nothing to mitigate the minority leader’s anger.
As he walked out of the room, Sasse turned to Holmes — “That didn’t go well!”
Sasse’s YouTube video calling out McConnell by name — one of several Sasse videos prominently featured on the Drudge Report — came out September 23. But insiders say the bad blood between Sasse and McConnell escalated several weeks ago at a meeting between Sasse and National Republican Senatorial Committee political director Ward Baker.
There Sasse delivered a pitch that included suggesting he was the “smartest” candidate in the race. As a university president with an undergrad degree from Harvard, Ph.D. from Yale, and several prestigious academic awards to his name, it’s understandable why the candidate would think that.
His rivals, though, have begun to parody the claim, forwarding around an e-mail his fundraising consultant sent October 30 with the subject line “Take a Chance on Smart.” (“Sometimes, like when you meet your future spouse, you just know you’ve found the one,” the e-mail gushes; campaign officials subsequently asked the consultant to stop using the appeal.) Asked about Sasse at a recent D.C. fundraiser, McConnell deadpanned that “he’s definitely smart.” The subsequent meeting between the two went terribly. But McConnell has yet to provide active assistance to Sasse’s chief rival in the race, Shane Osborn. Osborn, a decorated veteran who was piloting the spy plane forced down by a Chinese fighter jet in 2001, would undoubtedly appreciate the help. But the former pilot, critics note, sought SCF’s endorsement, too.
Now how much of this will really play back in Nebraska?
But…we did see how when the Big Boys were swinging their schlongs back and forth at each other in the last Senate election, they proceeded to allow a relative unknown to sweep into office. We’re not sure what is going to happen in this race, but we still think there are many Undecideds who will turn this race one way or another.
Oh, and the Washington Post’s “The Fix” lists the Nebraska Senate primary as one of the Top Ten in the nation. Again, they mention only Sasse and Shane Osborn and not Sid Dinsdale or Bart McLeay.
But they do mention 2012 and Deb Fischer.
And again, as we Tweeted as it happened, former Vice Presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, endorsed Sasse — after his PAC had contributed to Sasse earlier in the week.
So, not to be outdone, the Shane Osborn camp trotted out their local endorsements from state Senators Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, Colby Coash of Lincoln, Bill Kintner of Papillion, John Murante of Gretna, Scott Price of Bellevue, Rich Pahls of Omaha, Jim Scheer of Norfolk, Ken Schilz of Ogallala, Ray Aguilar of Grand Island, Doug Cunnington of Norfolk and Pat Engel of South Sioux City.
We would also note that the Sasse campaign seems to have been endorsed by The Drudge Report — as nearly all of Sasse’s videos keep ending up on that page. (Note that a Drudge link ensures at least tens of thousands of hits on whatever it is linking to.)
We’re not sure how Sasse locked in the Drudge attention, but it is boosting his videos to the nation (if not also to other Nebraskans).
The most recent one linked by Drudge noted Sasse’s call that the President had created a “Constitutional crisis” by proposing the ObamaCare roll out changes. We noted attorney Bart McLeay’s comments that while the President’s play is probably not unconstitutional, it is a bad idea — though one which in and of itself did not create a “crisis”.
Alas, Drudge did not endorse McLeay’s calmer outlook.
And as we’ve mentioned everyone else, here’s a interview of Sid Dinsdale from this past week as well:
We’re going to put up a separate post talking about the Nebraska Governor’s race just a bit later this afternoon.
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