Well, she was arguably the one vote that could have gone either way, so one can say she tipped the scales. (Republicans Kathy Campbell of Lincoln and Paul Schumacher of Columbus also get the finger point, but it was Ebke who said she was firmly on the fence prior to the vote.)
And it certainly is an…interesting “position” she took. She thinks the Founders wanted proportional distribution of the Electoral College votes.
Of course those same Founders were looking at 13 states traversed by horses.
And they also wanted the Senate appointed. Should we go back that way?
But the larger, overreaching question is what is the best way for the United States to choose a President. And should it be done differently state by state? Is THAT what state reps Tom Jefferson and Jim Madison envisioned?
And then we can also look at the issue of how this mess all started:
Nebraska Democrats (and their national cronies) who wanted to pick off a Democrat electoral in the 2nd District.
That’s the reason.
So the backward reasoning of “isn’t this great for Nebraska!” and “this is what Ben Franklin and his pals in Philadelphia wanted” is a load. This started as a partisan proposal, and stuffing it back — until the WHOLE country decides on the “right” way to do things — is the correct move on this.
It is too bad Ebke and her buds can’t see that.
And lets look at all the raw politics of this.
Laura Ebke is a Ron Paulite Freshman, of the “Republican Liberty Caucus”, in the legislature.
And now she is getting props for this vote from all of the Paulie wing of the DCRP.
Suddenly they’re excited for Senator Ebke because she is “standing up for her principles” and they are falling all over themselves to explain how awesome this Democrat plan is.
Hey Republicans! Did you know you can now pick any hair-brained scheme you want, call it “principled” and voila! You’re endorsed! (You know, as long as it’s Republican Liberty Caucus “principled”.)
Interesting, we might add, that the real problem that Secretary of State John Gale pointed out — the tossing of a Presidential election into the House because of the hijacking of a few Congressional Districts with this plan — is endorsed by those who have taken party power with small victories.
Maybe the real reasoning behind this plan is starting to make sense.
The next question is, where is the leadership at the higher levels of Nebraska Republican politics? This is a Freshman Senator who killed a major, important bill. And she couldn’t be corralled for a single vote?
We have been hearing all about the deal making going on in Lincoln and the silencing of critics when there is a priority. And here they got rolled by a Freshman.
There have been critiques coming that there is no leadership on bills coming from the top — where they should be lobbying and shepherding. Instead, there has been little up front statements about priorities And in this situation it shows.
Or maybe they just didn’t care how this turns out.
The 2nd District GOP Congressional race is slowly but surely starting to take shape.
It is not clear what Shane Osborn’s plans are. There has been word that some are telling him to plow forward, that he is a lock. But it is not clear that he has definitely locked things down.
Brigadier General Bits Bacon has been moving quite a bit (ha ha) too lately, and it seems all but sure that he is in. The next steps will be introducing him to the 2nd District, and stepping out on issues.
State Senator John Murante made his intentions known for the 2nd District via…the Lincoln Journal Star. Well, that’s one way to make an announcement. Hopefully he will make some news in the River City region as well.
Creighton Law Professor (and former Dean) Patrick Borchers is still likely in the mix, and what some other candidates do may influence what path he takes down the political road.
Bryan Slone is a real wild card. There had been word that he was a lock to get in. Now, it is not so clear. If he decides against it, that is another former heavy hitter who would be out, ensuring a very wacky race.
Brian Buescher is another former statewide candidate who has not made any plans as of yet.
And there is always Chip Maxwell.
Those are some who seem to be making some major decisions. There are likely a few more. But if Osborn decides not to get it (though the latest info says he is tilting towards “in”), and if Slone doesn’t get it, that is a wide open race.
And one that would arguably make the seat more in favor of sitting Congressman Brad Ashford.
The one thing you hear from anyone thinking of running is how difficult it will be to unseat Ashford, no matter who the GOP nominee is.
Hey, remember back when Republicans didn’t support Lee Terry because it was going to be so easy to get rid of Ashford in 2016?
Good times. Good times.
That letter from 47 U.S Senators to the Iranian government will be the big deal in political news over the next few days, at least.
Note that both of Nebraska’s (and Iowa’s) Republican Senators signed on to the letter.
Hey, be sure to listen to my most recent podcast — Part 1 of my day at last Saturday’s Presidential Iowa Ag Summit. You can hear from Governor Mike Huckabee and the “controversial” statements from Senator Ted Cruz. (I hadn’t heard it “live” anywhere else — only read about it.)
And tomorrow Part 2 (of 2) will be up, where I will talk about Senator Lindsey Graham — who some thought “won the day” among Republicans — and Senator Rick Santorum and Scott Walker and many others.
It was certainly an interesting time there and I think you will enjoy listening to the two (Short! 20 minutes!) podcasts. (I like to listen while I’m driving…)