Dipping into the Separated at Birth archives for this oldie but goodie, in light of The Fort’s recent endorsement of Carly…
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and…Donny Osmond!
Freshman Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford announced his fundraising numbers, and it shows that he still has yet to step up to big-time incumbent fundraising.
As the OWH’s Joe Morton notes, Ashford’s COH of $458K is about 20% less than Rep. Lee Terry had at the same time in his last election.
But Ashford has been famously bashing fundraising, instead favoring spending taxpayer money on Web Ads that tout how he has voted on various issues while in Congress.
And of course there is the irony of Ashford touting elimination of “annoying” junk mail, while spending money on ANNOYING web ads!
These ads — he has spent over a thousand bucks so far — have been found to be more modern than sending direct mail to constituents. And they can show glossy photos and slicker graphics, runlike that stodgy old mail.
And they can also provide direct links to Ashford’s websites!
When you have the taxpayer funding you, who needs contributors!
Halting the Coronations
The LJS’s Don Walton asks in his Monday column:
Isn’t it puzzling how 40 or so House members are allowed to essentially be in control of the House?
No Don, what’s more puzzling is how 34 Senators can control the Senate. Literally control it.
As opposed to a minority having some influence who gets elected to lead THEIR PARTY as Speaker. Because last time I was schooled in Math, 40 House member won’t make a majority on a vote.
But since Don is really referring to the influence 40 members can have on a Speaker getting to 218 votes to win election…so what?
The House was structured so that they would have the voice of The People in mind. Last time I read the polls, The People want change so bad, they are favoring 2 pols with no experience and a self-avowed “Democrat Socialist”.
THAT’s The People screaming for some change. Or at least a little consideration.
So LET the people have a little consideration before the next guy (McCarthy) gets the gig just because he was standing in line longer. Or another (Ryan) just because he’s the least of any evils.
Maybe Ryan is the guy. Or maybe it’s Marsha Blackburn. In the mean time, there is a Speaker and there is a Majority Leader and the trains are still running.
So how about getting the Speaker right, instead of just slamming through what you’re hoping for as fast as possible.
(Which, truth-be-told, would be a liberal Democrat.)
Making Congress work…for Democrats
The LJS had an editorial over the weekend “praising” Senator Ben Sasse for wanting changes to the Senate rules. And the LJS says they’re all for it, “Because Congress is so dysfunctional!”
FYI, Senators Blunt and Alexander along with 3 other Senators in the GOP Conference do have a working group on Rules now meeting to makes changes in the Senate.
It’s not clear if Senator Sasse will have anything beyond what their plan will be, but LJS please get back to us when you’re excited about changes that grease the skids for Republican bills.
You can bet that as soon as a GOP plan gets passed, there will be calls for “patience” and “consideration” and “respect for the process”.
Thus as it always has been and thus it always will be.
The LJS’s “differences” with Sasse on policy will only increase, the easier it gets for the GOP to pass its agenda.