Higher Standards

“Lisa Jones” is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St.

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A recent review of the news shows us that the Pat McPherson saga is continuing and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. His continued refusal to resign has been highlighted in the media since the Friday Board of Education meeting. He’s not winning the social media war, either; those hoping he resigns have a very active FB presence, with those who “accept his apology” (which is catchy title for a FB support group, I must say) nipping at their heels.

It’s the usual thing that happens in these types of situations: One side of the GOP says he should resign, because he’s hurting our brand. Then the counter says that Dems are racist (sexist, ageist, add your –ist here) and they never resign, so why should he? And then the kicker…yes, but we are Republicans, and we have higher standards.
That may be true. And that may be the exact way that I would prefer it, and many of you. But I have to ask myself: does his resigning really get us anywhere at this point? And are we, as a party totally, shooting ourselves in the foot by holding ourselves to a higher standard?

This has already made the highlight reel. We still get the names of those whose statements made us cringe (like a Todd Akins or a Christine O’Donnell) thrown in our face. Admittedly, not the same situation, but the point still stands–we carry them with the brand forever, with the help of the mainstream and social media. So what do we gain by losing seat on the State Board of Education for the sake of our image? If it’s not going to make a difference in how we are perceived as a party, at least in the media, do we need to still hold ourselves to these higher standards?

What would have been more interesting, or perhaps, really opened up a conversation on our “-ist” problems, would have been a statement from our public officials that said, “The use of this word is reprehensible and we don’t support using it–ever. But as everyone knows, people we support sometimes screw up and say things that embarrass us. The Democrats had this experience with Chris Jerram (or Joe Biden, or Ernie Chambers, so on). These are learning opportunities for all of us.”

Instead, we created a situation where some officials say resign, some say they aren’t getting involved, we see daily arguments in our Facebook feeds–on and on. We divided our own party by holding ourselves to a higher standard than the Dems clearly feel is necessary. And we will pay that price, regardless of whether he resigns or not. Is it worth it?

26 comments

  1. In the Know says:

    Pete Ricketts and Ben Sasse made the McPherson situation worse. Pat apologized and took the blog down. Pat owns this issue as it was his blog. The Governor on the other hand wants Pat gone because Pat was going to be his shining knight to get Charter Schools passed in Nebraska. (look how much Ricketts money Pat received). Pat is now damaged goods and the democrats will make any move on charter schools look like it is a racist policy by tying McPherson to the charter school movement. The Ricketts minions have been relentless going after Pat and asking for his resignation. ( The Linehan kids have posted ad nauseam on this) This situation is more about Charter Schools and NSEA payback than what was in that blog.

    Ben Sasse has no love for McPherson so after Ricketts threw pat under the bus, he blindly followed.

  2. Tonic & Tonic says:

    Whether or not McPherson wrote the blog posts referring to the President as a half breed is irrelevant at this point. What is relevant is the fact that Pat McPherson is a distraction and his presence will make the board’s job more difficult. If McPherson really cares about the mission of the State Board of Education, he will resign his post so that the board may fulfill it’s duty and meet their goals.

  3. Ricketts had no choice says:

    The half breed was tame compared to the taco trap picture to capture illegals. Pat is/has/ always will suffer from speak first think second.

  4. Oh look says:

    It is Murante with BFF’s Howard and Sullivan on the floor right now talking and laughing…..and reading the communist manifesto

  5. To 11:49 am says:

    Pete will pick another pro charter person that doesn’t have McPhereson’s baggage. The Ricketts minions are pushing Clarice Jackson.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why would anyone think Pat McPherson is a “distraction” unless they were the ones pushing the idea. Even if he made or allowed that comment? So what. Oh my. Isn’t horrible? Cluck, cluck. Some of those same board members didn’t know how they’d get along. Really? Have they ever visited a school or playground. If a kid calls another a name? They can’t ever attend class again. Give it a break. Every board has to be singing soft tunes from the same hymnal? Or is that somebody has an agenda to get rid of this one board member? What about all the men who reference a woman in an unkind way or post less than dignified photos as a lure for upstanding dialogue. Are they sexist? Bitch. Is that as repulsive as “half breed”? What a bunch of high and mighty hypocrites. This is about something deeper, because if that UNL professor who just happed upon this to make it an issue were really nonpolitical, he’s got plenty of others with all their assorted issues that need his focus. McPherson was targeted to be made an example of in a culture where one word utterance becomes “racism” which is the kind of convenient easy sniping that people do when another isn’t of their liking or political bent.

    As for U.S. Senators Sasse and Fischer? They need to start minding their own full plate in their own position to do something about the messes on Capitol Hill. They stuck their nose in a place where it didn’t belong same goes for Governor Ricketts. McPherson won two elections in 2014. The people spoke. All of those elected leaders need to learn to be respectful of the voters instead of getting caught up in someone’s political witch hunt

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jerry/Sweeper changed the format, but it doesn’t seem to have done anything to deter idiots from posting asinine comments.

    Oh Look, seems to be having an attack of outrage every time he/she/it sees Senator Murante speaking to Senator Howard when he/she/it watches the live feed from the Legislature. Rest assured, Oh Look, most of the big divides in the Legislature aren’t left-right, they’re urban rural. Senator Murante and Senator Howard are probably only plotting their strategy to support Senator Mello’s next scheme to get the rest of Nebraska to pay for Omaha’s sewer separation project.

    I, too, am an avid watcher of the Legislature. I’ve seen Senator Larson

  8. Unicameral Watcher says:

    February 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Anonymous says:

    Jerry/Sweeper changed the format, but it doesn’t seem to have done anything to deter idiots from posting asinine comments.

    Oh Look, seems to be having an attack of outrage every time he/she/it sees Senator Murante speaking to Senator Howard when he/she/it watches the live feed from the Legislature. Rest assured, Oh Look, most of the big divides in the Legislature aren’t left-right, they’re urban rural. Senator Murante and Senator Howard are probably only plotting their strategy to support Senator Mello’s next scheme to get the rest of Nebraska to pay for Omaha’s sewer separation project.

    I, too, am an avid watcher of the Legislature. I’ve seen Senator Larson smiling and chatting with Senator Chambers. I have to admit, this looks like a situation where someone is perilously close to abandoning their moral principles. I’d hate to see Senator Chambers lose his moral compass and start supporting things like gambling, smoking cigars and drinking at bars 24 hours a day.

  9. Unicameral Watcher says:

    Speaking of Senator Chambers;

    I’m used to, and expect the posters here to make stupid and uninformed comments.

    Sweeper/Jerry has opened up the venue and welcomed some new writers. Unfortunately quality control seems to be lacking. “Lisa Jones” is either uninformed or just slinging poop when she starts calling out Democrats and names Ernie Chambers as an example. Chambers is not a Democrat.

    The weight of your argument goes right out the door when you start telling obvious lies to support your point.

  10. Anon says:

    When I read the comment that drew the first reaction — saying that if Obama were a conservative the opposition would call him a half-br**d — I thought it was the kind of comment that’s asking for trouble, but that the basic point was sound about double standards. I guess I thought it was possible that McPherson never read the comment, but it was a little hard to believe. When Watchdog turned up the logo thingee that used the same term, I stopped believing McPherson. Sorry, there’s absolutely no way that escaped his attention. The nasty thing about that term is that it brings up images of a time when inter-racial relationships were taboo. He should have resigned. But he’ll probably stubbornly hold onto his seat and be the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats.

  11. Andrew Sullivan says:

    Ricketts handled this situation badly and played right in to the hands of the teachers’ unions. McPherson did not help matters.

    First, Ricketts ignored the fact Nebraska has many conservative libertarians who defend freedom of speech, particularly bloggers. This means McPherson has backers.

    Secondly, Ricketts ignored any sense of parity. Rebuke McPherson for how he handled the blog but calling for resignation from a board that pays nothing is extremism.

    No one ever resigns over a private blog. It is absurd. No one overturns an election on this sort of thing.

    Third, no president is entitled to respect. Defaming a president has always been part of politics. Remember all the ugly stuff said about Bush? Ricketts apparently does not.

    The outrage over the McPherson blog comes from government officials, Democrats, Unions and strong Obama supporters. That is why the Facebook opposing Ricketts was able to gain so many “likes”.

    Fourth, McPherson obviously was not aware of the offending posts, as he first removed one, but later took the blog down when other offensive posts were found.

    Fifth, while many are offended by the H word, the context of how it was used is important. Obama may be black but he has no African American heritage in him as it all comes from his Kenyan father.

    This has been an on-and-off running issue during the Obama administration and is highlight by Dinesh D’Souza’s movies. If the blog was racist, it would not use the H word but the N word but Mark Twain did in Huckleberry Finn.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, some people just don’t get it. McPherson ran his blog for years and knew exactly what was on it. I finally quit checking it out because it was so disgusting.

  13. Anonymous says:

    People voted for George Wallace too.

    Stick a fork in McPherson, he’s done. He should resign. Till then ignore him.

    Besides, did Republicans vet this guy? Nice job.

  14. Macdaddy says:

    Never has the state Board of Education had so much attention paid to it, and for those who want business as usual, i.e, screwing over the children of this state, that just can’t do. So Pat, on behalf of the children of the state, please do not resign, but keep forcing a bright spotlight to shine on the board.

  15. The Journal Star won’t let the half-breed thing go. Today they have a piece about Half-Breed Road in Auburn, which (naturally) used to run along a boundary of the half-breed reservation in SE Nebraska. They found one person who is terribly, terribly hurt by it, and as a result has taken her business to Falls City. That’ll teach them!

    Remember the campaign to remove ‘squaw’ from the language? They wanted to rename every Squaw Creek in the state, as well as the magnificently named ‘Squaw-Tit Butte’. People ignored it, and it went away after a few months.

  16. Dems high standard says:

    You could rip off the tax payers by screwing kids and nice to #2 in the Nebraska Democratic Party. Maureen Monahan is worth a google.

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