We chuckled heartily at Nebraska Democrat Chair Vince Powers arguing with Boldy Jane about who was going to take credit for Democrat Brad Ashford’s 2nd District Congressional win.
(There has to be a German word — similar to Schadenfreud — for this, right?)
The suggestion that 2nd District voters had anything on their minds regarding the Keystone XL for the Terry-Ashford vote is beyond silly. And there is that little note from the Democrat savior Brad Ashford: He is in favor of the pipeline!
But the distinction is important for Jane Kleeb’s Bold Nebraska. Her group is not really against the pipeline — it is about growing the Democratic base.
The initiative petition for the minimum wage clearly achieved that goal, at least for this election — arguably tipping the scales to elect Ashford over Terry. But considering all of the money poured into Bold Nebraska, they don’t have any real legislative accomplishments to show for it.
Bold Nebraska isn’t about Nebraska rights. It isn’t about saving the environment. It is about community organizing. And if they don’t have a legislative victory then one would question the entire point of their organization.
(And when we say “one would”, we mean those who fund them.)
The House and Senate are looking, at some point, to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline. The President would likely veto, but you never know.
In the mean time, Kleeb and Bold Nebraska get credit for holding up the pipeline. But to what end?
No one thinks their efforts are really about “Nebraska property rights” — beyond the basic NIMBY-fication of it all. (And don’t even get us started on the whole Ogallala Aquifer aspect).
And of course, it isn’t REALLY about stopping development of Tar Sands oil in Canada. Those will get developed whether the pipe is built or not.
So the New York Times spelled it out earlier this year that the “Stop the Keystone XL” movement is really about building up their enviro coffers with fundraising dollars and email addresses. That way they can push their agenda to likeminded liberals.
But what happened to that Bold Nebraska freight train on the way to the 2016 election?
Heck, they knew they couldn’t push Dennis Crawford through in the 1st Congressional District, so they endorsed Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, for Gaia’s sake! If that ain’t desperation to claim “victory” we don’t know what is. (“We have also endorsed the sun rising tomorrow morning!“)
And hence the move of Jane sticking her nose into Brad Ashford’s, and the Minimum Wagers’ and Vince Power’s victory celebration.
Vince Powers’ pushback against his fellow Democrat Jane, shows that even the Democrats know better.
The OWH and LJS confirmed what Leavenworth St. noted last week — that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman was never interviewed for the University of Nebraska President gig.
Both papers confirmed that this was old news that they were using up good ink on dead trees to push to the public.
We will give this to 93 County-losing Senate candidate Dave Domina (but, wow, all 93 counties…): His ghost, along with former Democratic Chairman, and now retiring Federal Judge Joe Bataillon, have changed how Nebraska election law will operate for some time to come.
With the decision that initiative petitions don’t have to get a certain number of signatures in every county, Democrats can now concentrate all of their efforts for handing out petitions — as well as absentee voting requests — to a much smaller universe in Omaha and Lincoln (and maybe Saline County).
**UPDATE – we have been informed that Dems in Saline Co. “have suffered a 20% decline in the number of registered voters in just 10 years. ” Their 5% advantage over GOPers is ” the smallest it has been since the Depression Era.”**
It would seem that to satisfy constitutional requirements, you could — and probably should — still break it down by Unicameral district. But that is likely for another avenue of decision, as opposed to such an edict coming from a Judge.
We got the note yesterday that Senator-elect Ben Sasse was betting with Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan on the Husker-Badger football game tomorrow. Sasse put up some Holdrege, Nebraska “”Lucky Brand” beef jerky, against Ryan’s smoked gouda.
(Interesting side note, that Sasse is not challenging a fellow-to-be Senator, but instead one of the highest profile House members, and former Vice-Presidential candidate…)
In any case, props to the Senator-elect for taking it a step further and degrading cheese, in general, in comparison to steaks.
(Sasse’s line was, “Husker steak is too good to wager against just cheese.“) An aspect of any good wager is also digging at your competitor, letting him know about the lameness of his lame ante.
Well played Ben.
(And now you have lost the Wisconsin vote on that Presidential bid Watchdog has you down for.)
And that photo up above is an example of some of the frightening things we find in our inboxes from time to time…