You know, if Vice President Joe Biden was going to be doing the non-announcement announcement, he could have skipped the Rose Garden, and just let the Master of that strategy take over:
You all remember back in March of 2007 when Chuck Hagel assembled the national press corps to Omaha to tell them that he would tell them at a later date that he wasn’t really into running for President.
It was before Twitter, see, so in those days the only way to let people know stuff was if they were in the same room.
My favorite quote out of that was from national reporter David Broder who stood in the lobby and asked, “Why did I come here?”
Oh, and Hagel’s strategy was to tell them he was announcing later. At least Crazy Joe said he WASN’T running, before diving into all of the reason he should run.
(There HAD to be a Hagel hand in all of this…)
Climbing the Caucuses
Going over the “race” for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan is saying he will take the gig under certain conditions.
One of those conditions is that (at least) three of the House Republican caucuses support him: The Republican Study Committee, the Tuesday Group and the Freedom Caucus.
Where do Midwest House Members fall within those three?
Well, the Republican Study Committee is pretty broad, with many GOP members, whether “conservative” or “moderate”, being part.
From Nebraska, both Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith are members of the Republican Study Committee. From Iowa, Steve King and David Young are in. And all four of Kansas’s Reps, including the hard-core conservative Tim Huelskamp from Western Kansas, are members.
Then there’s the Freedom Caucus, made up of about 40 House Members who are considered the right-wing firebrand, Tea Party types. That may or may not be true, but that’s their reputation.
Neither Fortenberry nor Smith are in it. One Iowa member is in — Rod Blum, who surprisingly comes from a swing district, (32% Dem to 27% GOP), and NOT Steve King. And one from Kansas, the aforementioned Huelskamp.
And then there’s what’s known as the moderate “Tuesday Group“. It is difficult to find a membership list, but this looks to include Jeff Fortenberry and used to include Lee Terry. No Iowans are there and only Lynn Jenkins of northeastern Kansas.
Ryan is now demanding support from ALL of them, including other concessions. Some (like Huelskamp) are finding the demands outrageous. Others say, hey, if you really want him, those are the demands.
Should be fun to watch this play out (especially from the uber-inside baseball points of view).
Oh, and to those who say this is “chaos” within the GOP, let me know when Bernie concedes to Hillary’s demands. Though it looks like Webb has already tossed himself…
Oh, and hey by the way, where is non-partisan, pro-Unicameral-Congress Rep. Brad Ashford on all of this?
Will he publicly throw his support to Paul Ryan, on a the first ballot?
It would really be the non-partisan thing to do.
Psst! Wanna buy an “O”?
BuzzFeed (of all sites) did an investigation into the guy from India who was supplying the sodium thiopental to the State of Nebraska for executions.
Not a company, mind you. A dude. Out of his apartment.
It’s an interesting piece showing…well that the source of these drugs is at least “shady”.
Of course it is a bit telling that the story never really delved into the question of, “Do the drugs operate as they are supposed to?”
One would think the state shouldn’t be purchasing a drug to administer the death penalty from a guy on the street corner who is also fencing hot letter O’s.
(And if you read the story, this guy is either one step up or one step down from Ernie’s acquaintance on Sesame Street.)
No matter the source, one would think the state should/would be testing the drug in any case.
Though, FWIW, there are those who, if asked, would tell you that if the Ricketts admin had simply asked Jon Bruning’s office about buying the drugs from this guy, they would have informed them about the pitfalls.
But give it to drug dealer, Chris Harris: the guy is disciplined about (not) talking to the media.
What does the Fox say?
And in the Legislature, today Democrat Anthony Vargas, an OPS Board Member who moved to Nebraska from New York in 2012, has announced that he is running for the South Omaha District 7 seat.
That is the seat that Democrat, Brad Ashford staffer, Jeremy Nordquist quit. Governor Ricketts chose Republican, now State Senator, Nicole Fox to replace him. And soon after that, Democrat and former state Senator John Synowiecki announced that he is going to run.
You may remember that Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert campaigned hard and won in that district.
Will Democrats Vargas and Synowiecki split the Dem vote, allowing the Republican make it to the General?
Crazy? Or Crazy like a Fox?
(See what I did there?)
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