Maxwell and Bacon finish the week

Maxwell-Bacon02What a week!

State of the Union, Presidential visit, State of the State, GOP Debate…and the first local poll of the new year!

What say you, on this Carl Curtis Open Comment Friday?


Chips & Bits

First, a note or two on the poll for Nebraska’s 2nd District.

In case you missed it, a group out of Kansas called, Remington Research Group, released the following numbers:

Chip Maxwell: 31%
Don Bacon: 11%
Undecided: 58%

The Favorable/Unfavorables were…
Maxwell: 26/13
Bacon: 8/7

The Maxwell campaign tried to give it some, “well, we aren’t suprised” manner — saying that it mimics numbers he has from November 2015. But they had to be doing cartwheels at those kind of numbers early on. Chip undoubtably has better overall name ID than Don Bacon, but Bacon has been putting some effort in.

Bacon had a big-scale announcement, quality endorsements and is raising serious money. So to be in the low double digits can’t be the greatest news in the world.

They are trying to take it in stride, saying,

Historically, early polls are not indicative of long-term outcomes in Nebraska. Early polls showed Governor Ricketts, Senator Fischer and Senator Sasse down considerably in their primary and all ended up winning.  We feel very confident that General Bacon’s 29 years of military leadership experience and background as a conservative outsider will resonate very well in the 2nd district.

All true. The Sasse campaign might be the most analogous here, as far as the unknown quantity of the candidate.

But nonetheless, this should at least be a wake-up call for Bacon to be a bit more active on the “earned” media side, to get his name in the paper, on the radio, etc.

Sure people aren’t paying much attention now, and a strong, humming campaign will get heads to raise. But that will come sooner than everyone thinks, and all of this will get more interesting as the calendar pages flip.


Kintner fights

Senator Bill Kintner made some early waves on the open vote issue the other day, before other events jumped in.

It should be noted that his move to have Committee Chairs elected on an open ballot got whacked, but not without a strong showing by Legislature conservatives.

Said Kintner…

I think the old school way of protecting senators from public scrutiny, is on the way out.  As senators are termed out they are being replaced by senators that are open to better ways of doing things.  I think we can get this done in 2017 when the new class comes in.

Also, it is important to point out that the vast majority of conservatives voted in favor of transparency.  We just need to elect more conservatives.   

We don’t have a problem in Lincoln that more conservatives won’t solve.

This is the prime evidence of backroom deals in the Legislature. It is to their advantage that people don’t understand it / aren’t paying attention.

But this is what went down at the Douglas County Board (cough-cough, wheeze-wheeze) and maybe eventually people will start to care — before it affects them in a way they don’t expect (and don’t want).


Sasse refuses to Roll with the Tide

Senator Ben Sasse took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to argue against any changes to the Senate’s filibuster rule:

“…many want an end to cloture and the filibuster—long-standing rules that enable the minority to extend debate. It takes 60 rather than 51 votes to get anything important done in the 100-person Senate. Today that hamstrings the GOP majority in both houses.”

But Sasse sees that as a double-edged meat cleaver where an eventual majority of Democrats could cut the brakes lines Republicans would want to use.

He points out that rushing something through a government body shouldn’t be a conservative thing to want anyway:

Conservatism begins from a different starting point: Government is not the center of life. It is not the source of our rights. Government exists to provide the framework for ordered liberty—that is, to protect our God-given rights so that free people can freely worship, freely associate, freely build the next app, even freely root for Alabama football.

He ends with this note:

The Senate is not superior to the House, but it is different. Without the filibuster, the gap between House and Senate diminishes and with it our constitutional safeguards.

Sasse has envisioned his role in the Senate of late as a historian to the role of the Senate and a keeper of conservative values. We will watch to see how he elaborates on this position and the notoriety it brings.

(Note: Ordinarily the WSJ is a pay site, but you can read this editorial free right now. That could change. But this will also probably make the local papers soon enough…)


9/11 Trump Card

My debate score from last night?
Pretty much like everyone else’s:

Cruz and Trump at the top
Then Rubio.
Bush and Christie.
Kasich and Carson.

While Trump hasn’t shown lots of debating chops in previous sessions, he came out prepared and effective last night.

Many thought Cruz got him on the “birther” issue, but the fact that he made it an incident for Cruz meant that Trump won it.

And he even forced Cruz to applaud his answer on the “conservative” New Yorkers issue and 9/11.

Iowa will still be interesting for Trump. Many think he doesn’t have the organization to do well there (will the supporters that flood his rallies show up at the caucuses? Is there a great reason they wouldn’t?).

But Trump knows this, and an attempt to knock Cruz down a few pegs could mean that his support is diluted.

Gonna be a crazy few weeks.



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  1. Bluejay says:

    Root for Alabama football? WTF.

    Bacon has great name recognition. Name is all over the meat case.

    Seriously, the Dems shafted the GOP for years with that 60 vote rule. Change it for limited circumstances.

  2. Jimm says:

    I am somewhat surprised that the national political stage and all the candidates involved have not made mention of the current state of our national economy and the market.
    My 401K retirement fund that was to be used to supplement SS has cratered in the past months, and my grandchildren’s 529 College Funds, which we agreed to help with, have lost in the past 6 months what took years to slowly build up.
    Yes, a gallon of gas is cheaper each time I fill up, but that does not nearly make up for the larger loss of money sitting in mutual funds and part of our sagging economy. I wish those on the national stage would pay attention to this part of our Country.

      • Jimm says:

        Thanks. Not sure what any of those 3 things have to do with plummeting oil prices and a horrible China economy that is scaring the stock market to death.

      • Sparkles says:

        Kintner is full of $#^&, when stating:
        “it is important to point out that the vast majority of conservatives voted in favor of transparency. ”

        Kintner’s proposal, was crushed, 30 to 17.
        It did NOT even carry a simple majority of Republicans! (let alone a “vast majority”)

        Kintner’s not only delusional about his “vast majority” and his chances to pass this in 2017, he’s a fool if he thinks the legislature’s going to get more regressively red than it’s current composition.

        Republican Sen. McCollister, who joined the vast majority in voting against Kintner’s lurch for political thuggery, summed it up nicely; “I haven’t had many constituents ask me about this. The only people that have been interested in my vote on this issue is the Republican Party.”

      • Bluejay says:


        If we had an America First policy regarding energy, oil prices wouldn’t be falling. Chinese stock market should have NO correlation to the US stock market. China’s market is overvalued and numbers are NOT trustworthy.

        And by America First there is no way we should have lifted sanctions on Iranian oil. We should also have a tariff on OPEC oil. Green taxpayer subsidizes cost taxpayers a fortune and got renewed in the Omnibus Budget Bill.

        Illegal immigration is a huge drag on the economy.

        All of this is on Obama. #EpicFail

      • Anyone who confuses ‘Republican’ with ‘Conservative’ in Nebraska deosn’t know anything about politics in this state. Example: Kathy Campbell, registered Republican.

  3. Matt says:

    “In case you missed it, a group out of Kansas called, Remington Research…”

    Did they leave a message or am I just supposed to call them back? 😉

  4. Sparkles says:

    Suggestion –
    A heading for the daily updates on what Don Bacon is wearing, or who he chatted with on the phone today, or what’s on his DVR for this evening’s viewing –

    Bacon Bits

  5. bynd says:


    You start ranting about conservatives and then substitute the word Republicans as if they were the same thing. Obviously you need to stop and take a breath. Especially since most Repubs in this state are pink.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Enlighten us, bynd. To me, a ‘conservative’ is one who wants to conserve the status quo. And since I’m not happy with the status quo, I’m not conservative. Also to me, a Republican is one who registers with the Republican Party. Some folks on here, including Street Sweeper, believe one owes loyalty to the political party one registers with, while others believe the Republican Party is a big tent. What is your notion of these two terms?

      • bynd says:


        A conservative is one of traditional values and principles. Penis’ pee with penis’ and vaginas pee with vaginas. If nothing else, modesty dictates so. If there needs to be third choice, build a unisex restroom/locker room what ever. Males are stronger than females and to let them compete without modification is an unfair advantage. Be what you want, don’t expect me to change just to accomodate you. Life is not fair nor can it made so. Some people just have to accept the way their life is and do the best they can. Help those you can. The majority does not have to change for the minority. Accomodations for the minorities can and should be found. Hard work, & personal responsiblity are paramount. No one else is responsible for you except you. The American dream allows one to advance. It doesn’t guarantee you advance to the top or even out of the bottom. Take your hat off when inside, it is disrespectful not to.

        Most are no longer associated wth a party. They can and do change when it makes it better for all or for the disadvanagted when they believe it helps them. They will work like hell to make the change work. Government is now for Dems and Repubs and no longer functional. It is dysfunctional and run for the benefit of the Dems and Repubs. Life is pretty good but not getting better. No longer will most children aspire or actually make more than their parents when they grow up. One is best off when paying attention to one’s life and their sphere of influence. In other words, don’t sweat the things you can not change. We realize it was us who screwed up our children and therfore this country. Whether politically, reigiously, secullary or any type of extreme, it is all the same and it would be nice if we could get rid of them and go back to traditional values and principles, but it ain’t going to happen.

        Pollyanna? Nope, yesterday was the good old days. There is enough to do without worrying about the broken electoral system. One side can only screw it up so much and the collaspe of anything is not emminent. Although we wish it were true of the two party system. We are the majority, quiet or not and really not interested in helping either side to continue their hatred and bigotry.

        PS allegence to a party is for those who are unable to think for themselves. It is like a group of lemmings who come together to get false courage and will all go over the cliff to prove how courageous they are to an agenda. The only big tent is the one for Independants. Fighting hatred and bigotry with hatred and bigotry is insane.

        It’s dang hard to totally disengage!


      • repenting lawyer says:

        Texas Annie, what Bynd defines is a social conservative in the modern language of politics. They confuse social customs that have varied among cultures and across time with enduring values. Tend to treat the mores of their youth as eternal truths. With questions like whose equality they become defenders of the status quo, but see themselves as moral leaders because they focus on non issues like bathrooms at the expense of reality. Tend to preach rugged individualism in the States mostly likely to have been historically dependent on the federal government. Hence the Sagebrush Revolution and its weird manifestation at Burns, OR.

      • Sparkles says:

        “they focus on non issues like bathrooms at the expense of reality.”

        Spot on analysis RL.

        Also, you can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. Their plutocrat crafted, mainstreet packaged (the fallacy of trickle down) ‘conservative fiscal policies’ lead directly, by design, to greater inequality.
        PLUS these policies do enormous social harm. That’s true even for the mildest, most generous version of “fiscal conservatism” — low taxes, small government, reduced regulation, a free market. These policies, unchecked, perpetuate human rights abuses. They make life harder for people who already have hard lives.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        EQUITY at law, bynd, may be synonymous with justice.
        Equity in social structure may be synonymous with gay rights.
        Equity in public education may be synonymous with SPED.
        Equity in health care may be synonymous with single-payer.
        Virtually any human endeavor can and should be endowed with the quality of EQUITY!

  6. Todd Schmod says:

    Folks – NE-2 GOP nominee has not entered race yet. Bacon has zero traction and is not an Omahan and has all of 1000 Facebook “likes” after running FULL TIME for a year – and Chip is a joke who can only “raise money” from his closest blood relatives. They aren’t going to know what hit em – have to imagine this blog is sitting on the news of the impending entry in light of its allegiance to Bacon since he gave his first post-announcement interview to Jerry. Don will relocate to a sunnier climate (funded by his taxpayer-funded early retirement), Chip will continue to sporadically tweet about a social issue and sell 6-8 copies of his pamphlet a year. and Ashford will be forced into retirement – and Howard Buffett vs the GOP incumbent will be the hottest race in 2018.

  7. Anonymous says:

    You cannot in the same breath say “Cruz and Trump at the top” won the debate, while you also say “Trump won” the Canadian issue against Cruz and that Trump cowed Cruz on the New York barb. Which, by the way, Trump answered with such hushed tone and noble demeanor that topmost Trump haters like GOP Krauthammer and on the other side feminist Janell Ross have since called him “noble” and “dignified”.

    They are stunned. They thought Trump was brutishly stupid. Why? The guy is a Wharton grad, from a family that invented rocket science, who turns millions into billions, and on a shoestring crushed everything thrown at him. He is dumb like a fox.

    Trump spent the last six months proving his rude strength by whipping everyone who has tried to whip him. Yet it took Trump one minute in one debate to win over many of those who value dignity.

  8. get real says:

    “Fighting hatred and bigotry with hatred and bigotry is insane.” That statement is irrational.

    Hate is a normal human emotion. You want to eradicate hate? Drill into human skulls?

    Wanting to eradicate hate makes one no wiser than a Hitler. Tyrants always have ideas for improving society. And no improvement is more irrational than rewarding and punishing emotions. That is worse than punishing free speech because you would apparently punish what people think.

    Free sane governments punish crimes not feelings. Bigotry is a feeling. Discriminating unfairly in a public service is the crime.

    Hating this or that thing, person, or group is natural human existence, not even a human right because it is as innate to you as your skin. You can and will hate all you want. But you have no right to act criminally on that hatred, or to act criminally out of love either, for that matter.

    Feelings, nothing more than feelings.

    • bynd says:

      No one said anything about eradicating hate or bigotry. Not everyone who hates uses hateful language. Although it is becoming the norm more and more often. No one said anything about government or having them involved in such speech.

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand, to hate or verbally condem something you don’t like, in this case hatred and bigotry, by using the same expressions of such “feelings” is not irrational but insance. “Send some muscle over here.”

      It is exactly like shooting some one while condeming their use of a gun.

      And although you believe it is just feelings, government can and now does punish, if by no other way condoning such punishment by others, for the wrong feelings expressed in the wrong way. Look no further than Fergusion to support all of the above. Holder and Obama being the two biggest examples of such actions.

      It would seem you have not been paying attention to what “feelings” have evolved into.

  9. Lil Mac says:

    Speaking of Cruz and Trump, the latest NBC-WSJ poll shows Trump ahead 13 pts. Last month the same poll showed 5 pts. Big jump for Trump two weeks before Iowa, where several surveys of likely Iowa caucus-goers show Trump ahead. Yet pollsters have found Trump consistently under-polls by as much as 10 pts. He may be up as much as 23 pts over Cruz nationally. In Iowa maybe too. Iowa is a special case.

    Iowa GOP voters must attend a caucus in person, knowing their RNC Chmn Priebus condemned Trump while refusing to weigh in on Cruz. So Iowa GOP voters fear their tires being slit by GOP hired thugs if they admit they support Trump. — Some of us remember seeing Congressman Daub screaming in the hallway, locked out of a GOP meeting by a GOP chairman who hired bouncers and chained the doors shut to keep Republicans out of that open meeting. — Iowa voters have similarly real fears. But, lucky for Trump, the Iowa caucus GOP voting itself is anonymous, hence the effect of under-polled support in Iowa may be significant for Trump. A Trump win in Iowa can snowball to a national landslide. He is going for a total sweep. Impressive.

  10. bynd says:


    Never considered myself one who speaks in tongues. I see by your posting you don’t have the gift of interpretation either. I assume you didn’t give your closing arguments to others, so if you have a question of what I am saying, just ask. After all, in the communications model, it would be my responsibility to explain what I am saying.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd,Stand by what I said, but if I missed the point translate. Could be I am speaking in tongues, though I would not claim inspiration by the Holy Ghost.

      • bynd says:


        First, I consider nothing in the current language of politicis. Politics is not the be all end all of many peoples lives.

        Social customs are the manifistations of values and principles. Within their own group, people can do as they please. Within society, it is not up to the minority to dictate to the majority what these customs are. Many times minorities, think BLM, want to set the rules. But when those they attack use the same rules, they cry foul. Or think, “hey, I need some muscle over here.” Trying to shut down the press because they don’t think they give them appropriate coverage.

        I find it amazing, that many will state they are of such and such a faith but that will not affect their governing of the people. How is it one can take what is supposedly their deepest held beliefs and change/ignore them to get elected? It would seem their deepest held beliefs are not, and that raises the question; why would one trust some one who disavows their core principles to get elected? Yes, the mores of my youth, instilled in me by my parents, grand parents and the society I grew up in and have served me so well in life, are still many of the mores I llive by. If not, then I would say that the adults in my life were pretty sad individuals. That doesn’t mean, as the politicians like to say, that some haven’t evolved. When one becomes an adult that means maturing in your beliefs. If you reject those mores from your youth, then that is entirely your decision but then it makes one question what type of adults you had in your life.

        I see myself as a moral leader to my family. If others want to follow my examples, that is up to them. But then, don’t we all consider ourselves moral leaders in some context. Were you an amoral educator? Anything to win the case? I can point to some on here who consider themselves not only the moral leaders but the moral determiners of society. I do not consider such a goal as appropriate or worthy. I notice that it was the pee statement that caught the attention of Sparkles. How pathetic is that? It shows his inability to think at a deeper level. But then, you grabbed that statement also and missinterpreted it to your own biases.

        Rugged individualism. I guess you can say I did live off the government. When others were busy avoiding the draft during Viet Nam, I joined before even getting a draft number. Although my reasoning was not altruistic. I had a family and needed a better job than those I had. When a lot of my ex military buddies got fired by Reagan, I stepped up and continued my profession on the outside by crossing picket lines with my friends in them. I now live on a government pension. And highly reduced SS because I am a federal annuitant. But then, I was lucky ennough to hitch my horse to the right wagon. A wagon by the way that up until 2008, was paid on average 20% less than their civilian conterparts. But back then, that didn’t matter to the civilians. But it seems to be a big deal now days since the shoe is on the other foot.

        I paid for my college through the GI bill. I don’t own any guns anymore so if the world collaspes, I guess I could be in a world of hurt. I mentor in North Omaha where I grew up. I rebuild houses up ther also for a ministry. I did Bible studies at DCYC. All because it is the right thing to do.

        As to Sparkles. You get special attention because you are the most self rightous ass I have ever seen who is still living. To me, trickle down econmics is like feeding scraps to the dog under the table. If you want your wife to pee next to men, good for you. Persoanlly, I have more respect for my wife. Unlike you, I don’t believe in economic slavery. These figures are true, if you eliminate the apparatus, each poor person in this country plus the Federal employees who administer them, and then give that money directly to them, they all would make over $50,000.00 per year. Why do you deny them that? There is pleanty of work to be done, plenty of money to be used, but you and yours, Dem or Repub have been unable in over 200 years to get it right. Words like equity, fairness compassion coming out of your mouth is like puss from an infection. What you care about is ideology. Why else do you spend so much time researching obscure sites and writing about it? You think people should follow your example on living. Beacasue you can tell with great accuracy what internet sites people go to for their info. A little clue here, I and many like me, don’t go there. We don’t need others to tell us how to think. So do me a favor, next time you fell like mulling over in the garbage addled brain of yours who I am or what I think, don’t. You don’t have a clue, or the intelligence and never will to think beyond yourself.

        MLK: I may not be the man I want to be, I may not be the man I ought to be, I may not be the man I could be, I many not be the man I truly can be, but praise God, I am not the man I once was.

      • bynd says:

        Thank you. Argue no, discuss, sometimes passionately.

        Although I must confess, you speak a lot of Greek to me:)

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bynd, As an aside, I had a now dead friend, an Anglican bishop in South America. We took a number of theology courses together. He claimed I always spoke in tongues and ignored Paul’s requirement of an interpreter.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Well here’s a better way to understand my ideology: It’s All Or None! Either we provide, equitably, for all, or for none at all. That’s fair.

      • bynd says:

        I would be interested to know the mechanism by which you achieve equality. Take your last one taxes. Does everyone pay the same rate with no deductions? That would lower a lot people’s taxes but those who don’t pay now would have two. Any fix to that issue would seem to be subjective on what is equivalent.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Equal taxes = equal tax rates! The good news is: If everybody paid taxes at the same rate, no exceptions and no excuses, the rate would be low…

  11. bynd says:


    Because churchs have “allowed” the government to take over their biblically mandated responsibilities, I really have no issue with taxing them. At the same time, all non profits should then be taxed. Imangie what might happen if donations to elections, especially super PACs, were taxed. But then, what happens to non profits working on cures for such as Downs? However, my over riding concern, just as it is with gambling, giving even more money to the government. Anything that accomplished that I would be dead set against. They have enough.

    Finally, when all have been taxed and many run out of business, then government will step in fill that void and run even more of our lives. Would that make every citizen better off? That would be where equality would lead. The government defining equality. Much as they do today. How is that working for us?

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