Hey, January 17th was the EIGHT year anniversary of Leavenworth Street!
So, here is one of our first posts, a little Separated at Birth for ya that works again eight years later!
2006 to 2014. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Thanks for reading all these years!
We are still searching to find things to talk about in the Governor’s race, but in general the candidates are marching around the third district, sitting down with eight to ten “folks” at a time and slurping a lot of caffeine. We have yet to see much pure politics to talk about.
Now you can Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but we are STILL hearing that a certain Attorney General is STILL polling about the Governor’s race, and is STILL thinking about getting in.
Think about it: There are one, two, three, four, five, SIX major candidates in the race. SIX! If you added a seventh candidate, whose name ID is arguably better than ANY of them, and has a pretty decent block of supporters, it would be a relatively small percentage that would put him over the top.
Also consider that if Attorney General Jon Bruning does not get in the Governor’s race, he is looking at, what, ten years before he could go after a major office again? That’s a long time to sit it out — and seethe that you blew a perfectly good opportunity to climb the ladder.
Now a big factor will be what sort of fund raising numbers Pete Ricketts puts up in the next three weeks or so. Numbers of donors and total cash will be a big influence to see where Pete really is at (along with some polling). And don’t think Joe Ricketts’s influence isn’t looming out there. Bruning would have to have a strong counter to that unlimited cash.
Also, consider that Bruning has promised to a LOT of people that he absolutely would NOT be running. That includes donors as well as other current Gov candidates with whom he has close ties (remember that current Charlie Janssen campaign manager Jordan McGrain ran the Bruning Senate campaign). It would be pretty difficult for Bruning to change course on all these people. It could be done, but it would have to be a deft maneuver.
Or, then again, this could be a lot of nothing and Bruning could conclude the same thing that he’s concluded before — that it just ain’t in the cards.
But how much more of a fun, crazy race would it be with him in?
Watch this space.
And look who has a brand new ad up this morning.
See the latest Ben Sasse for Senate spot here:
This one is short and sweet — so it’s likely you’ll see it on your television.
Good quick capitalizing on his recent cover story.
The Washington Examiner had an interesting story by Timothy Carney about the Nebraska Senate race — positioning it as the Mitch McConnell, “Establishment” versus the Jim DeMint, “Tea Party”.
Guess who they put on each side?
(And for those of you slapping on the the Dinsdale and McLeay stickers, the national politicos want you to sit down for a while.)
But before we nail down who’s who, note the set up that’s presented:
State Treasurer Shane Osborn is a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the Republican establishment.
Former Bush administration official Ben Sasse is also a conservative Republican who rails against Washington insiders and criticizes the Republican leadership for the recent budget deal, but whose pedigree shows strong ties to the Republican establishment.
OK, you go that? Both have strong conservative tendencies, but both are “establishment”.
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund picked Ben Sasse first. And since then most Tea Party type groups have followed and also have chosen Sasse.
Because of this, the non-Jim DeMint and pro-Mitch McConnell forces have gone over to Osborn.
So, again, both candidates have the same positions they’ve always had, but the Big Boys in DC have chosen sides, mainly with their wallets.
And because of this, the article’s author decides, “The result: One conservative Nebraskan has become the insurgent candidate, and the other has become the establishment candidate.”
Now unless we’re missing something and the author is being a bit tongue in cheek, does this make ANY sense?
Well, only unless he means that each is the Washington, D.C. version of said “insurgent” and “establishment”.
But does anyone in NEBRASKA think that?
In a season where no one can differentiate one conservative candidate from the other, we suppose people are stretching for something.
All we know is, the last time DC tried to make Nebraskans choose between candidate A or candidate B, Nebraska chose candidate C.
We don’t doubt that’s what McLeay and Dinsdale are counting on.
Speaking of McLeay, his camp has followed our suggestion and put out a video on his latest policy position.
See it here:
Not the worst spot we’ve ever seen (and possibly a gazillion times better than his first ad). Nice introduction of some of the cases he has worked on. Hand gestures are a bit awkward. But pretty non-threatening in a generic sort of way. (And holy smokes is that a RED barn! Reminds us of the old fast-food place that was on ….Dodge Street in Omaha? Anywho…)
Again, don’t look past McLeay, especially if the other candidates, and their surrogates, piss all over each other.
David Domina announced as the Democrat to run for U.S. Senate.
And he spelled out his priorities:
- Keep ObamaCare.
- Don’t talk about abortion.
- More gun restrictions.
- He’s not a Democrat and doesn’t want the President to campaign for him — except that he wants to be the Democrat candidate.
- Oh, and he wants the Keystone XL, but only if it’s not built by the company who wants to build it and has spent all the money trying to get it built. Oh, and it can’t go over ANY of the Ogallala Aquifer — even though Nebraska’s chief aquifer scientist is cool with it, and even though routes going over more rivers and streams are actually more dangerous.
Well in any case, Domina gets to coast for the next four or five months before anyone bothers to learn his name.
So there’s that.
We will go ahead and beat the dead horse and bring up the Shane Osborn tweet “controversy”, only because we haven’t had given our $.02 yet.
(Yes, we immediately took a screenshot.)
A few things: We saw the tweet almost right after it was put up on a Thursday evening.
It was then taken down about 15-20 minutes later.
So, whomever is responsible for the tweets realized pretty quickly that it wasn’t appropriate.
But why did it go up in the first place?
Well, here is our view. The term “short bus” has almost been taken out of context these days. People who use the term, say it without really thinking about what is implied by the use of it. They say “short bus” to mean, “not well thought out” or even inferior — without thinking that the reference goes, really, to special needs kids who are on that awkward, not-full-sized, school bus.
This is sort of like how people used to say something was “gay”, yet really didn’t mean homosexual. You don’t hear people saying that now. Or, suppose someone said, “Colonel Brewer is really going off the reservation by supporting Jane Kleeb’s stance on the Keystone pipeline.” Immediately someone would be tweeting how insensitive they were, using a racist term, especially since Brewer is himself a Native American. And the person would be saying, “I only meant he’s not in line with the conservative position!” Too bad. Off to sensitivity training for you!
So the point is, Osborn’s (or the Osborn campaign’s) tweet was was pretty innocent. They were clearly going for the “omnibus” – “short bus” correlation — and suggestions that this wasn’t “clear” or evident in the tweet itself are equally stupid. If you didn’t catch the bus-bus play on words, then just stop reading things and stick to picture books.
But it WAS stupid by the campaign. That can’t be denied either. While innocuous, you have to catch that stuff before it goes out. Sit on your super-clever idea for five minutes before you actually click the “Tweet” button. You wouldn’t send out a press release without a few others going over it, and Tweets and Facebook posts and photos and whatever else need that same level of scrutiny. Frankly, more people are probably reading your tweets, than are reading that press release you spent an hour pouring over.
Treat the tweets accordingly.
Consider it a teachable moment for all.
There has been some talk about the financial position of Midlands University under Ben Sasse, and Nebraska Watchdog took a stab at getting to the bottom of those reports.
Deena Winter essentially concludes that most of the “bad” stuff on Midlands is due to the school’s financial position before Sasse took over as President. She doesn’t address some items, such as Sasse’s salary, but in general the conclusion is that reports that were issued in, say, 2012, are still looking back to pre-2009 information.
We are guessing that there are still issues that others may cherry-pick at, but the general shots at some of those reports should be put to rest.
First Senate debate coming:
Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Gering Civic Center.
Live radio coverage of the event will include:
KSDZ Radio, 95.5 Gordon and 99.5 Valentine
KNEB Radio, AM 960 – Scottsbluff
KRVN Radio, AM 880 – Lexington
KOLT Radio, AM 1320 and KHYY FM 106.9 – Scottsbluff/Gering
KICX Radio, FM 96.1 – McCook
KODY Radio, AM 1240 – North Platte
And like at a Gallagher concert, the first three rows ARE in the splash zone.
You’ve been warned.