Do Dems accept this from Ashford?

Awkward bros, Brad & Jeb
Awkward bros, Brad & Jeb

What if the Jeb Bush campaign found out that their Nebraska Co-Chair, Hal Daub, said that he is also supporting Hillary Clinton for President?

They would be fairly alarmed, right? Likely, they wouldn’t want Daub as an official part of their campaign if that was what he was telling people.

Yet, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced just 11 days ago that Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford is on her Nebraska Leadership Council — along with Warren Buffett, Susan Buffett and former Sen. Bob Kerrey (who hasn’t lived in Nebraska since 2001, his sister’s couch notwithstanding).

So don’t you think Hillary and the gang would be surprised to learn that the Omaha area Congressman is telling constituents that he supports “all of them” for President?

ALL of them.
So heck, Bernie, O’Malley AND Hillary, yeah?

But not only Democrats, REPUBLICANS too!
Santorum, Huckabee, Cruz, Trump, to name but a few.
Oh, and specifically Jeb Bush.

You hear that Hillary fans?

In case you missed this yesterday:

Constituent: “Who are you supporting for President?”

Ashford: “Right now, I’m all of them, I, I, I don’t — All the candidates right now, as I said, I like Bush and Clinton.”

GOPers, just imagine if Don Bacon was recorded telling some folks at the Hy-Vee coffee counter that he was supporting Marco Rubio, but also Bernie Sanders. You know, because he’s so open.

Would not Chip Maxwell, or whomever else decided to then get in the race, win running away?

That is the current embarrassment that Democrat have going on in their party right now.

I understand that some people like Ashford. He seems like a perfectly nice fellow.

But this sort of stuff is whack-a-doddle, to say the least.
Is this really where you are, Nebraska Democrats?

Just say it loud and clear:
“Thank you sir, may I have another!”


I’m not driving him to the airport!

Instead of worrying about Ashford though, the local Dems seem to be up-in-arms that Governor Pete Ricketts is going to stay home and practice his address during the Obama visit (it’s 1425 H St., Lincoln, Nebraska, by the way…har har har).

Instead they want him to go to President Obama’s campaign rally.

Wait, campaign rally?

Yes, campaign rally:

According to the White House, Obama will visit Omaha, Neb., which the White House said “is a great example of the president’s policies making a real difference in people’s lives.” He plans to highlight Nebraska’s recovery from the 2008 recession and push for the state to accept the Medicaid expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Frankly, the Governor doesn’t need to sit and not-nod while the rest of the Phish concert crowd screams at every condescending point he makes about “common sense”.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will meet him at the plane, which probably would have been an appropriate move for Ricketts to make — and then specifically not go to the ObamaCare Seminar at the Baxter Center. And then he could have pointed out that he was respecting the President at the airport, but didn’t need a refresher on Nebraska Medicaid from the President.

But good visuals for Mayor Stothert.

Oh, and don’t forget that the aforementioned Brad Ashford will be getting off of Air Force One with the President. Wonder if they’ll talk about Jeb Bush, and “all of” the other candidates Ashford is supporting.



The Legislature is back in session, so that means that State Senator Ernie Chambers is back on the floor talking gibberish.

Nice Tweet from former Nebraska Watchdogger, Deena Winter:

And then Coby Mach notes that Chambers was calling Donald Trump a “racist”.


So from that Chambers quote, we can take it that he isn’t really into the idea that people “will not be judged by the color of their skin“…

It’s OK Senator. The rest of us will still judge you by the content of your character.


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  1. Both Janet Napolitano and Kathleen Blanco, when they were Democrat state governors, pointedly snubbed George W Bush on visits to their state. Obama later made Napolitano his secretary for homeland security.

    The Democrats having hissy-fits really don’t have a leg to stand on.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      ProfGH, I thought that type of treatment of Bush 2 was wrong. Try to avoid hissy-fits at my age. Leave them to the young. Your mastery is impressive.

    • Macdaddy says:

      Well, Governor Heineman showed up for every time President Obama visited Nebraska. Respect is a 2 way street. It just goes to show how small and thin-skinned this President is that he is left showing up in Nebraska in the 11-th hour of his Presidency to support Ernie Chambers in a lost cause fight to try to bankrupt our state and hook even more honest, hard-working Nebraskans onto the crack cocaine of government welfare.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bluejay, Pass on both, but suspect my season ticket holding relatives will opt for the game. Now that I am retired I think Father Carl should have kept football and dropped the Law School.

      • Bluejay says:

        The choice supposedly was football or the Medical School.

        One doesn’t need to be a Jesuit to make that decision.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bluejay, I heard him say Law School on a number of occasions, back then Feds mostly payed for Med School. Problems started with Nixon administration and cut backs on fed aid. Down hill from there.

  2. Nebraska Nice says:

    It just feels un Nebraskan to not show respect for the President no matter what party. Perhaps Pete could practice his speech to his driver on the way. On second thought that might not be too safe. Zzzz

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, Nobody is objecting to mockery of POTUS as disrespect for office, this situation involves the formalities that make the political world livable. Any way as any reader of this bog knows the criticism of the Gov. from the Ds is much milder than that from many Rs.

      • Reader says:

        For a man who comes on here calling others “liars” I doubt you could recognize ‘disrespect’ GH.

      • Oh, don’t worry, ‘Reader’, I don’t respect any of you Dems. That all evaporated in 2008 when your chair of chairs libeled me on this very blog (anonymously, he thought), and when you put up a vicious webpage accusing me falsely of sexual harassment. As far as I’m concerned, you’re pond-scum until you prove otherwise.

        And I have no time for anonymous cowards.

        Is that enough disrespect for you?

      • Reader says:

        Get real GH! As though you don’t libel, falsely accuse and viciously attack contributors to this blog. Who was the chair of chairs in 2008? No matter. You probably brought it on yourself.

  3. Reader says:

    Two days now that you are fretting about a fickle, lying Congressman. This is real newsworthy conversation going on here.

    • Sparkles says:

      A bit of a weasley, meaningless lie at that.
      A lie that harms no one and is really just one more instance of crass political pandering.

      God forbid the discussion would be about something of substance, something that effects the American people.
      Such as the efforts of our lobbyist-owned TeaGOP in Congress, who are right now frantically trying to bail out a foreign car manufacturer, by throwing American consumers under the bus.
      Google “VW Bailout Bill”.

      • Another Sparkles lie. All the bill says is

        “No Federal court shall certify any proposed class seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking to maintain such a class action affirmatively demonstrates that each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative or representatives.”

        It says nothing, of course, about VW. It simply limits the currently lunatic state of class action lawsuits. Moreover, it was introduced in the House on 4/22/15, before the VW scandal broke, so the “VW bailout” monicker is another deliberate attempt to deceive.

        I’ve been the ‘beneficiary’ of such lawsuits in the past. Usually, for my injury, I’ve gotten a few cents out of the settlement. The law firm suing, of course, gets millions. So it’s understandable why lawyers hate this bill.

      • Sparkles says:

        Re that harmless VW Bailout Bill, those silly neanderthals over at the The Fiscal Times simply must not have your remarkable powers of insight, Gerard.

  4. Nebraska Nice says:

    Hot off the presses. The Governor will welcome President
    Obama to Nebraska. Civility wins out over petty politics. I am sure the Kintners of the world will get their panties in a twist, but good for the Governor to do what is right.

    • The Grundle King says:

      I’m with you…I lost respect for him upon hearing he’d attend after all. Obama has shown little more than outright contempt for anybody whose beliefs are in opposition to his own…and he set the stage for bringing disdain upon himself after marketing himself as a unifier, then proceeding to thump his chest and sweeping aside any chance for discussion with, “I won.”

      He hasn’t represented my beliefs in the slightest, and he’s dithered while a new terror threat rose to power under his nose. But because of some lame-ass slogan, we’re supposed to fall all over ourselves? F*** that. He’s only visiting for the same reason he visited Nebraska the last time he was here…votes. (And no, landing in Offut to go directly to Iowa doesn’t count as visiting Nebraska).

      Much of the criticism has been under the guise of ‘showing respect for the office’…but it’s sounding more and more like they just want Ricketts to go kiss Obama’s ass, and kneel to the crown. As I type this, I realize how eerily similar “respect the office” and “kneel to the crown” really sound.

  5. Nebraska Nice says:

    Doing what is right is the most important thing. It takes strength to admit that the first choice was the wrong choice. He earned my respect and continued support.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We Platyhelminthes resent that, Professor. We embrace our spinelessness and hermaphrodism regardless of your dim view of our penis fencing. It is because of that we flatworms know when we are getting screwed by some power seeking Fecampiida among us. We cannot say the same intelligence much exists among voters of the Husker species.

  7. Macdaddy says:

    Man, I’m glad I ended up watching this SOTU. I heard the most powerful man in the world whine about his own actions. I guess that after 7 years of impugning Republican’s motives and spitting out executive order after executive order, he wants our cooperation for…what was it exactly? A guest spot on The View?

    This speech is pretty pathetic. He’s even making Khameini yawn and that guy has to get on the phone with President Renegade tomorrow. The biggest question right now: will he conclude the speech with SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!

    • Macdaddy says:

      The nonsense is him listing all the things he spent the last 7 years not working on.

      He regrets the rancor has increased during his Presidency. Look in the mirror, pal.

      “when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead, they call us”. And nobody answers.

      How many vets have died since Obama said he was going to fix the VA? Has he even lifted a finger since he mentioned it 2 years ago? Didn’t think so. Yet tonight he counts it as a success. Un-freakin-believable.

      • He’s wrong that they call us. They used to. They’ve given up. When. for example, the EU is dealing with Russia or the refugee crisis, no one thinks anymore of enlisting the support of the United States.

  8. bynd says:

    Great BBC show on Netflix. North to south. Barack who?. Although I would have disrespected any Pres. the same way. Just like commercials, turn them off or go to another station. Spin, lies and whining. Rush has nothing on these guys.

  9. “My fellow Americans, the state of our union is strong. We have doubled the national debt, which will reach $20 trillion when I leave office. We have stood by while Russia annexed Crimea and partitioned the Ukraine. Now it attacks the pathetic remnant of our allies in Syria, without repercussions. We let China build an island in the South China Sea, on territory claimed by our allies. Libya and Syria, well, we didn’t “build that” on our own, but we mightily contributed to the anarchy and mayhem. Now there are two safe havens for an adversary implacably devoted to killing Americans. We have the biggest refugee crisis since the last time my party created one, in South East Asia.

    And the economy! Has there ever been a ‘recovery with sustained 2 percent growth? We’ve reduced the labor participation rate to levels not seen since the early 1970s. The highest fraction for decades of Americans unable to support themselves and reliant on the state! We have created an unsustainable health insurance fiasco and new entitlements we can’t pay for. We’ve run roughshod over the constitution, and civil liberties. The middle class is the weakest it’s been for a century. And in only seven years!”

      • The Grundle King says:

        As opposed to the flip side of that coin, Oracle…which you seem to be stuck on…which is that nothing is ever Obama’s fault.

      • Oracle says:

        And I just viewed a report from Sentier Research that shows household income growing at an annual rate of 3 – 4 % for the past two years. Gallup has also published a poll showing a sharp increase in personal satisfaction (+6% in a single year). So maybe things aren’t as negative as you perceive.

    • Oracle says:

      How is everything you listed Obama’s fault? Considering that Obama had to dig out from the disastrous economy left by GW, I don’t see how you can lay all of the blame for the national debt at his feet. Over his term the deficit has decreased by 2/3. He also has a Congress that won’t even consider a tax increase. Compared to Europe, which chose austerity over stimulus, we’re doing quite well. And many economists attribute the weak middle-class recovery to income inequality, not something Obama has much control over. It’s easy to bitch about negative conditions, but you make the unsupported jump from correlation to causation.

      So what should Obama have done differently in your opinion?

  10. Macdaddy says:

    Phew! Obama got a win with Iran. Our sailors have been released by their kidnappers. I wonder what ransom Obama promised Iran.

      • Sparkles says:

        The Geneva Convention?

        Since when did Republicans give a &^#$ about the Geneva Convention?
        Abu Ghraib
        Black Sites
        Water boarding

        The man George W himself appointed to Chair his Counter-Terrorism Security Group has stated publicly that it’s clear some of the things the Bush administration did were war crimes.

        This is what Sen McCain and most of the rational world has been pointing out for years. When you wantonly, and with malice of forethought, $#it all over, repeatedly, every provision in the Geneva Convention, you kind of have to STF up should the favor ever be returned.

        Of course Americans tortured, some of them to death, by sundry heinous methods, an unknown number of prisoners.
        You’re enraged that Iranians took selfies and asked a woman to wear a scarf.

      • Clearly Sparkles doesn’t care that American soldiers were publicly humiliated, and that one female soldier was actually forced to wear a hijab.

        The Iranians weren’t taking selfies, you Iranian-loving ass. And it’s clear you don’t give a damn about violation of American women’s rights by a theocratic, misogynist regime.

  11. It’s telling that Louise Mensch, a British former M.P., is spitting rage that the Iranians put an American servicewoman in a hijab, whereas Sparkles, who probably claims to be American, is “Hey, no biggie”.

    • Sparkles says:

      Hey Gerard, got an idea.

      Maybe we could host a national exchange, via Pinterest. An exchange of pictures between Iranians and Americans.

      The Iranians could post pictures of American soldiers sitting around a room on colorful blankets, looking bored.

      In return Americans could post pictures of naked prisoners of middle eastern decent forced to stand on their tip toes, arms extended at each side, covered in human feces.
      Of pictures of naked prisoners laying on filthy concrete being drug around by a dog collar and chain wrapped around their throat.
      Or maybe pictures of a whole pile of prisoners, forced to strip naked and lay atop one another as American soldiers preen and smile and giggle behind them.
      Or, if we look hard enough, maybe we can find a few pictures of the aftermath of middle eastern prisoners tortured to death by Americans.

      I bet nearly every Iraqi and Iranian and Syrian and Egyptian and Libyan and Turk and Afghani and Pakistani has seen each and every one of these images.

      • You have seen the picture of the Americans on their knees with their hands behind their heads, right?

        It will be brandished throughout the region as a sign of Iran’s strength and America’s weakness. And you know what? That’s exactly what it represents.

      • Sparkles says:

        America’s weakness?

        How about a spin down memory lane…

        Obama didn’t buy back our sailors with secret shipments of missiles and other weapons, as Reagan did in attempting to recover Americans held hostage by the Iranians a generation ago.

        Our sailors weren’t held for almost two weeks by the Iranians, with their ships dismantled and held hostage until what amounted to a ransom was paid, as occurred in an incident involving the Chinese and an American spy plane under President George W. Bush.
        Go ask Shane Osborn how dumbass George W and his GOP cabinet of warmongering clowns handled that one.

        Those American sailors %&^ked up yesterday and got caught in the act. Not a hair on the heads were harmed, they spent a couple hours in custody and they’ll have an amazing story to tell their grandchildren.
        By every historical standard and precedent, the whole thing was handled in spectacular fashion.

      • Give me a break. They were released because Iran’s due a hundred billion and change in a few days, thanks to Obama, and won’t do anything to delay that. They still hold 5 of our people.

        What should GWB have done with China? Start a nuclear war? And I have no time for Shane Osborn. He cost the US billions by turning over classified technology.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Thank you, and excellent point.

      I would also add that ‘Iranian’ is not a race. Where Sparkles simply sees brown-skinned people, the rest of us see ‘enemy combatants’. What happened at Abu Ghraib was unacceptable…but for an entire country, region, or religion to take offense to what was done there would concede that allegiance to race and religion is more important than allegiance to peace.

      Simply put…if you want to get along with us, then don’t take sides with the folks who don’t want to get along with us.

      • The facts are, that if an Irish naval vessel (yes, there are a couple) has engine trouble and strays into British territorial waters, the British government doesn’t force them on their knees at gunpoint to be photographed, detain them for 24 hours, and steal some of their equipment. It renders assistance, and possibly asks them over for a spot of rum.

        But once again, Sparkles defends the Islamic Republic of Iran over his own people. Assuming they are his own people.

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