**UPDATE at 4:25pm 10/5/15**
I SHOULD BE on Omaha’s KPTM FOX42 at 9pm tonight to (generally) discuss Senator Sasse’s Tweets and social media in politics.
Nebraska’s junior United States Senator, Ben Sasse, was tweeting last night, during the Cowboys – Saints game.
And he delved into politics.
House of Representatives politics.
And he…veered just a bit too.
Read along with @BenSasse:
I typically dont tweet politics here b/c I think we need more celebratory / politics-free zones in life. But am making an exception tonight:
Have been thinking on House Speaker race. Boehner quitting has prompted some remarkably boring/lazy analysis on where we’re at as a nation
New to politics & in deference to tradition I’ve spent first 9mos in Senate keeping head down, interviewing older members/listening/learning
Amazing how much conventional wisdom gets wrong. Throughout our campaign, all we heard from DC press (but not Nebr voters) was The Dynamic:
Media: everything is Tea Party vs Establishment; Leadership vs Outsiders. Voters: Yawn. No; real question is vision–who has it; who doesn’t
Press obsesses over bickering / student council races / who slighted whom. Voters barely care. They care where their country is headed
Media framing of Speaker’s race is reductionistic choice: small-ball Establishment vs wild-eyed Visigoths who want to burn govt to ground
It’s a 24hr newscycle of this junk that never ends. The American people look at DC & think, “We want to fire every single one of you people”
There’s a reason #Congress approval is at 11%, folks
The problem w/ this Dynamic is it misses larger point: It aint A vs B. We need Option C: the Vision thing. The “Go Big or Go Home” thing
Which brings us back to this moment: Founding Fathers put House closest to the people so it would reflect the nation’s (not Beltway’s) will
HouseSpeaker should b Congress’ chief STORYTELLER -cast the big vision of American exceptionalism; remind nation who we are/what we’re about
The next Speaker must be someone who fights FOR people, not merely against bad or inefficient Washington programs
The next Speaker must be a happy warrior. We have to sell a vision and win an argument before squabbling about particular policies
The next Speaker must celebrate earned success & empowering our friends / neighbors to live full lives of opportunity
The next Speaker must cut through the media’s 4th-grade portrayal of Rs vs Ds. The choice here is NOT #GOP numbers vs Dems’ compassion
The next Speaker must go places Republicans don’t usually go. Need more venturing beyond country clubs and chambers of commerce
Expanding the electorate means expanding our horizons. I care far more about struggles of the bottom 30% than the top 1% (& so does the 1%)
Truly American leadership starts with politicians admitting that politics and DC are not the center of national life. A vibrant citizenry is
The Speaker’s job is not only for Republicans, but for the whole House – actually: the whole nation
The Speaker’s chief job is not policy bickering but lifting high / passing on a Constitutional sense of the American idea
Next speaker needs to have the ideas of Jack Kemp, work ethic of Mike Rowe, resolve of Margaret Thatcher, & wit of Larry the Cable Guy
Therefore…I’m endorsing @ArthurBrooks for Speaker of the House.
[Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist and musician. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics. – Wikipedia]
Just purchased the domain: http://DraftArthurBrooks.com #Momentum
(Fantasy update): @tonyromo still out with a shoulder injury, however @not_romo is warming up on the sideline. Weird #Cowboys #Saints #SNF
Who’s the best communicator in our movement? He/she might not be in Congress today. So what? Why wld we not pick that person –for “SPEAKER”?
lesson of Trump moment & 3 non-pols getting >50% of #GOP primary is NOT that people are saying:“Give us another politician to rule over us”
I’m not saying @arthurbrooks is definitely the best communicator in America; I’m just saying: If you know of a better one…Tell me. I’ll wait
Tell me who…I’ll wait. …Gotta go put kids to bed for a bit anyway. #thirdquarterjuststarting (was always my #MNF bedtime as a kid)
So, uh, there you go.
I was updated to the Senator’s Twitter journey by 3 different people while he was in the middle of it.
I did NOT see the Arthur Brooks endorsement coming.
FWIW, Jonah Goldberg, also of the American Enterprise Institute, had noted last week that the Speaker does NOT have to be a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and thus he suggested Newt Gingrich.
So maybe Senator Sasse was inspired by Jonah to make an “out of the box” suggestion.
And he does reference the current King of Tweets, Donald Trump, so possibly that provided some imagination.
Or maybe Drew Brees just riled him up.
We’ll keep you updated…
Trump, Ben and the rest…
The latest polling from Iowa
Donald Trump – 24%
Ben Carson – 19%
Carly Fiorina – 8%
Jeb Bush – 7%
Ted Cruz – 6%
Marco Rubio – 6%
Bobby Jindal – 6%
Mike Huckabee – 5%
Rand Paul – 4%
Chris Christie – 4%
John Kasich – 3%
Rick Santorum – 1%
Lindsey Graham – 1%
So that’s pretty much Trump, Carson and then The Field.
Fiorina is up from low single digits to high single digits.
Marco Rubio is still floating at mid-single digits.
Jeb Bush is continuing his mid-high single digits.
Here’s my question to you, peeps:
Does Trump have a ceiling?
Is he likely to go much higher than, say, 30% in Iowa?
Or anywhere else.
And is that enough to get him there?
Also note that over the weekend, Trump said Carson would have a place in the Trump Administration. Already courting his peeps?
Next debate 3 weeks away…
(And isn’t it sort of nice that people are actually looking forward to watching the debates this time around?)
The Con Agra situation is harsh and horrible for many, many people in Omaha.
That being said — and I’ve personally been through these situations, so I’m not being flippant — sometimes a little humor helps.
And I saw this one on The Facebook…
Have a Monday…