That’s the idea the LJS’s Don Walton once again floats this morn.
See, the Unicameral is awesome because the single house was able to rifle through the Death Penalty repeal even though Nebraska is a conservative state that likely does not want the repeal.
You got that?
It’s no wonder the “progressives” that Walton talks to would like a system like this. Frankly, this isn’t much different form the Lefties who long for just ONE day of a dictatorship like China’s, so that we can GET THINGS DONE.
And then in the same breath, Walton praises decentralization of the U.S. House of Representatives so we can GET THINGS DONE.
So which is it?
Well YOU, of course, know that it depends on the THINGS you want done.
Want ObamaCare? The powerful Speaker is a dream!
Want to stop ObamaCare foes? Neuter the Speaker!
Just remember that those on the Left are in favor of whatever suits their agenda.
We LOVE Ben! / We Hate Ben!
Case in point:
Remember a week ago when the LJS was praising Senator Ben Sasse for suggesting that the Speakership change to toss aside politics, serve the American people, etc?
And right here on Leavenworth St., the response was:
LJS please get back to us when you’re excited about changes that grease the skids for Republican bills.
Well, lo and behold!
Sasse has said he is putting a hold on political appointees to the Health and Human Services Department until the Administration gives a thorough explanation of the failure of Obamacare’s co-op program.
The LJS is MAD. They say, well this is the same thing that Democrats and Republicans have done in the past, so it’s a bad thing that Sasse is doing it now!
And remember all of those times the LJS hammered Democrats for this type of stuff?
How about this, LJS:
Maybe the Democrats in Washington, including Ben Nelson, shouldn’t have slammed through ObamaCare with zero bipartisan support and almost no review. Maybe the Administration should provide some upfront responses on this major policy issue. Then maybe members of the other party would have a little more buy-in when this type of thing comes up.
Is Ben Sasse using old-time tactics in the Senate?
The LJS is only disappointed because he’s not using the tactics to turn Left.
What he didn’t write
And as long as we’re on the LJS, just one more
Don Walton notes in his column that Senator Deb Fischer has, “a nice relationship” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
What The Don DIDN’T mention is that on the same call, Senator Fischer noted that President Obama does NOT call her. She noted he neither contacts her to persuade her nor asks for her input. And she said that she certainly sees the irony in the fact that she has a better conversational relationship with the PM of Israel than the current President of the United States.
I’m looking forward to Walton’s column where he notes the abject and utter failure that Barack Obama has had, in nearly seven years, of making any effort to work with the Republicans — and many Democrats — in Congress.
Hard Days Friday Night
Hey, Ben Carson was in Omaha Friday night, and he had the same vociferous reception that he has had at many other stops around Iowa and the rest of the country.
Minimum of a thousand people there?
Could be a conservative guess.
And Carson did (at least) three of these on Friday.
It’s probably worth noting that Texas Senator Ted Cruz did an event across the river in Council Bluffs, and the OWH’s Robyn Tysver reported that he had about 200 people there.
Of course Cruz has been to C.B. a number of times, and may have had a better crowd if he was doing a visit to West Omaha.
But then again maybe not.
A Tweeter noted to me that the Ben Carson “event” was probably boring, like all of them. Well, not from what I saw. I saw people walking out of meeting Carson like they had just touched one of the The Beatles. They were floating around, and wanted to linger.
The “event” — 3 seconds for a guy to sign your book — may not have been much. But the whole experience was an interesting deal.
Is Carson the flavor of the month?
Probably depends on the month.
(The important month, in Iowa, would be February 2016.)
And on THAT note, the Ben Carson PAC, “Our Children’s Future”, has announced that it has a new Chief Operating Officer, and it is none other than Nebraska’s Sam Fischer.
Fischer is a veteran of Nebraska and national politics, most recently as the general consultant for U.S. Senate candidate, Sid Dinsdale. He has also been Finance Director for the Nebraska and Pennsylvania Republican parties and an RNC regional finance director.
Probably not a better time for Fischer (nephew of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer) to be involved with Carson’s PAC — or for the PAC to get him.
Friday Night Lights
Finishing on the Presidential note, Florida Senator, and GOP Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio will be in Council Bluffs this Friday (10/30) at noon at Barley’s (114 W. Broadway).
This free event is open to the public, though you must RSVP to attend — through this link.