Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford declared (paraphrased):
Me and my fellow Reps are too big of wimps to stand up to special interests so we need to keep our votes secret from you.
Ashford thinks that Congress should go the way of the Nebraska Legislature and have a secret ballot for Speaker — a practice Nebraska state Senators are trying to get rid of.
Because Ashford thinks we need MORE secrecy in Washington!
There’s your Congressman, Second Districtites.
Former Democrat Congressman Lee Hamilton shot down Ashford’s wuss-vote idea:
They’re not easy. But that’s the job. You’ve got to expect to be accountable to the American people.
Of course we are merely days — nay HOURS — away from Ashford proposing a Congressional Unicameral, making the two-finger wave mandatory for all DC cabbies and changing the name of the Smithsonian to the Nainoshtims, “Because it works in Nebraska!!!”
But some ideas are better kept to one’s self.
If Ashford can’t nut up and vote his conscience in front of God, America and his colleagues, then he should get out and let someone else do the job.
Ashford still listed as “Vulnerable“
By the way, the Rothenberg & Gonzalez Political Report still lists Brad Ashford as the ONLY Democrat incumbent in the House whose election is a “Pure Toss-Up.”
No doubt, Ashford’s next move will be to propose that Reps be appointed, “…So every single one of their votes aren’t influenced by trying to get elected as a Democrat in a swing-district. Oh, and ALL of their votes should be secret. Because Democracy!”
Watch out for flying rolls at the Nebraska Breakfast
Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 77-19 for a continuing resolution to keep the Government running, and avoid a shutdown.
And Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse were on either side of the vote. Fischer voted to keep the Government running, and Ben Sasse voted for the shutdown.
And their press offices each had some choice words for the other side of the vote:
Deb Fischer on shutdown:
- An ill-conceived strategy
- Accomplishes nothing
She noted further that the shutdown vote would NOT have stopped mandatory Planned Parenthood spending associated with Medicaid. She says, “the only way to eliminate both discretionary and mandatory funding (for Planned Parenthood) is by passing S. 1881, a bill I cosponsored with Senator Joni Ernst.”
Ben Sasse, on the other hand, called voting to avoid a Government shutdown:
- A stupid false choice
- Kabuki theater
- Empty gestures
He added that, “I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood.”
So far, the Government Shutdowns have accomplished almost nothing. People get ticked off because National Parks and Monuments get closed while they’re on vacation. Others don’t get paid.
And it can cause some Congressmen to lose their job when they comment on it…
But It didn’t stop Obamacare.
And it won’t defund Planned Parenthood.
It’s one thing to draw your line in the sand.
It’s a whole ‘nother thing to be able to stop your opponent from crossing it.
To date, the Republicans have done the first, but not the second.
Until they can do both, it’s all just beach volleyball.