The Wheels Down Politics Show – Don Bacon

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Don Bacon & consultant, Aaron Trost

On the heels of his Omaha announcement, Jerry Kratochvil sits down with newly declared Nebraska 2nd District Congressional candidate, retired Brigadier General, Don Bacon in his FIRST post-announcement interview.

Jerry talks with Don (or General, or “Bits”) about his background growing up on the farm, joining the Air Force, being stationed around the world, and finally, after a time as a commanding General at STRATCOM (aka SAC) in Bellevue, making his home in Omaha, and deciding to run for Congress.

Bacon expounds on his political philosophy opposing Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford, some of his potential GOP opponents, thoughts on some of the issues of the day, and on his friendship with former Governor Kay Orr — who introduced him for his announcement.

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Former Gov. Kay Orr introduces Bacon at his announcement for #NE02

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The executive ability of any general or CEO is a given. But the House isn’t executive. To influence the House, one must make things happen that appear spontaneous. That degree of rare political indirectness would make Sun Tzu blush and seems slimy if not magic to many. Most generals may prefer to run for mayor rather than Congress, unless perhaps they had previously been steeped in hard core politics. Which is why I was surprised that Bacon didn’t mention that his first love was politics and not flying.

    His Bachelor’s degree was in Political Science. He also didn’t mention that before he joined the Air Force he interned in DC for Cong. Edward Madigan. Madigan was a key House Republican, known for subtle ability, and who lost the Minority Whip bid to Gingrich by only two votes. While Bacon was doing all of this, most other future generals were studying aerodynamics.

    While the same patriotism and conservatism likely drove him to both politics and the military, those are two different worlds. However, when one’s earliest academic focus is of such intensity, it may not dissipate but rather parallel the military career. We can imagine other officers relaxing with the sports page while Bacon digested the political section.

    This mix may be a plus. For his background as 55th WC gives him perhaps the maximum possible grasp of federal policy as it pertains to NE’s second district and federal beltway processes, while allowing him to be the non-political careerist against Ashford. He’s in the spotlight so we are sure to learn more.

  2. NE GOP MEMBER says:

    I’m unimpressed. I don’t like people that have only lived here a few years running for office. He is looking to get to DC on our dime

  3. Pete says:

    Bacon is running because he wants to serve, it has nothing to do with some compulsion to get to DC. The man has lived all over the country helping to keep us safe. Finally when he got out of the service and could live anywhere he wanted, he chose Nebraska’s Fighting 2nd (HT Stephen Colbert).

    @NE GOP member above: You’re awfully quick to come out with the carpetbagger attack. Calling every transplant to Nebraska who wants to be politically involved gets us nowhere. We should instead be glad that another bright mind has decided to join and contribute to the Republican party in Nebraska.

  4. NINO says:

    I would think that the general, as one involved at the highest levels in our decade-plus hot military involvement in the Middle East, you know, the one that decimated Iran’s historical counterweight in the region and left behind enough of its weaponry to supply ISIS, would have more intelligent and nuanced view of the current circumstances than just another bloviating politician. Perhaps even taking some of the blame for that failure or at the minimum providing some of his insight gained from his experience. But since he’s trying to get the Nebraska Republican nomination, I expect that doing so would be a sure losing proposition.

    And why do desk jockeys get to retire at age 51? Aren’t they at their peak value to us at that stage of their experience?

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