Let’s start things off with a little Separated at Birth from the Unicameral, via Nashville…
State Senator Kate Sullivan and Reba McEntire!
(OK, maybe it’s just the hair. But still…)
As the Presidential debate rollicks along — particularly in Iowa — it is always fun to see who-is-supporting-who in Nebraska.
Governor Pete Ricketts is asked often who he favors, and he has continued to be coy, only saying he favors a Governor. Anyone who knows him, of course, knows that his father, Joe Ricketts, is a major Scott Walker donor and his brother Todd is a finance Chair of Walker’s camp.
Probably pretty safe to say that the Gov is a Walker guy.
(And State Senator Mike Groene announced in my podcast interview on The Wheels Down Politics Show that he is a Walker-guy as well. To hear why, and to hear his Veep preference…listen to the dang show!)
Senator Ben Sasse is thought to likely side with one of his Senate colleagues. Marco Rubio is a young up and comer in The Club, hyper-smart and speaks at a frenetic pace — sort of like Nebraska’s Jr. Senator.
Rubio has Carlos Castillo as his Nebraska guy, and a few others are supporters, including Nebraska political consultant Jordan McGrain and DCRP counsel Garth Glissman.
Then again, Ted Cruz visited Nebraska on Sasse’s behalf back in his campaign. And Cruz and is on the strong conservative wing of the party, that Sasse seems attached to as well.
Nebraska’s Sr. Senator, Deb Fischer, has been pretty noncommittal lately, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her stay out of the primary all together. Though maybe she’s just waiting to pounce.
Hal Daub will be heading Jeb Bush’s Nebraska steering committee, which will also include State Senator Beau McCoy.
Carly Fiorina’s camp has backers in the state, probably branching over to Iowa as well.
Ben Carson bumper stickers can be seen in the area and there were Husker shirts worn over at the last Carson rally in CB.
So how about the current leader in the polls, Trump?
Does he have an organizing group? Can he? Would he bother?
And are Trump supporters in Nebraska the type who would go over to Iowa to help campaign, like say, a Hillary supporter might be?
What say you???
FWIW, the latest Trump – Bush dustup over speaking Spanish was another interesting tact.
Bush was speaking Spanish in a school, and took a pot-shot at Trump. Trump returned fire by suggesting Bush speak English, to set an example.
It’s interesting. On the one hand, Bush is seeking Latino supporters, and wants to show his fluency.
On the other, Trump is right in the macro view, that non-English speakers have a much, much, much, much, much, much better chance at succeeding in America if they learn and speak English. Bush would probably agree with that, and he’s trying to have it both ways, while appealing to Latino voters.
But give it to Trump for deftly shifting the conversation to another, similar topic, while Bush is trying to show his bi-lingual advantage.
Trump may not win, has shown that he’s not likely a “true” conservative, and if he goes third-party, could hand the election to the Democrats.
You do have to note that he is adept at turning questions to his favor and that he changes direction like a young Eric Crouch running 95 yards against Missouri, leaving opponents’ jock straps all over the field. (Sorry for the visual.)
Some day it will be a fascinating study to compile the way he has answered questions and shifted discussions.
Quite often it seems his opponents are playing checkers while he is playing jai alai.
Listen, I know what you Democrats are going to say about the Kentucky County Clerk who refused to issue the same-sex marriage license.
You’re going to say “I’m not surprised,” and “Of course this was going to happen when one of ‘those types’ gets put in charge.”
Yes, that’s right, I know…
…ANOTHER Democrat office holder sent to jail.
(nyuk, nyuk, nyuk…)