Lots of news as we wind up to Monday’s Iowa Caucuses.
As you may have seen The Donald has bowed out of the FOX debate tomorrow, citing the spectre of Megyn Kelly. Which means that the whole affair will be much less fun. I suppose I’ll still live-Tweet it, but there will be that much less gusto in my key-strokes.
But that doesn’t mean Trump has been, or will be quiet. He held a rousing press conference in Marshalltown, Iowa yesterday where he was hit with a number of abortion questions, though its not clear any solid blows were landed.
And a few reporters also followed up with Trump about Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse’s “question” from the Twitter.
You may remember that Sasse Tweeted at Trump:
“You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?”
Of course Trump has said that if Bill Clinton’s philandering is on the table, so is his. A little surprising that a U.S. Senator decided to ask if Trump had “repented”, but mission accomplished if the goal was to get people talking about it.
And Trump response to Sasse?
He started by saying…
“It’s a cheap shot. Yes of course it’s a cheap shot.”
And a few minutes later, on why it’s a cheap shot?..
“It’s NOT a cheap shot…I feel you can bring up whatever you have to bring up.”
In the mean time, Sasse is headed to Iowa on his Anyone But Trump Tour.
No idea whether Sasse would endorse Trump if he’s the GOP nominee. The guess here is that he would likely sit on the sidelines.
Only a few days before voting begins…
And if elected I will be inoffensive!
Back in Nebraska, The Rothenberg Report weighed in on a number of Congressional races across the country.
Their analysis of the race for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional seat:
They’ve changed from “Pure Toss-Up” to “Lean-Ashford”
Republicans don’t have a top-tier candidate. Former state Sen. Chip Maxwell isn’t raising much money, and retired Brigadier General Donald “Bits” Bacon has been underwhelming, even to some GOP sources.
The partisanship of the district (Romney won it in 2012) and Bacon’s appeal Offutt Air Force Base community in Sarpy County could be enough to win.
But Ashford has been an inoffensive Member with strong ties to the Omaha business community, and some Republicans admit he has a good chief of staff and district director who keep the train on the tracks. The race isn’t over, but Pure Toss-Up understates Ashford’s standing in the district.
This analysis probably isn’t too far off base.
But it is always curious to think about who their “GOP sources” are that determine just how “whelming” someone like Bacon has been.
More to be seen once the hard-core campaigning for the primary begins.
Pansing or pantsing? (amirite!)
Now HERE’s a funny one from the Legislature this morning, passed along to Leavenworth St. by a Unicam watcher:
On Ebke’s gun bill this AM — Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks took time out to chastise members for using words they don’t know the meaning of in floor debate, and offending women.
She was referring to a couple of Senators who referred to gang members as “Gang Bangers”.
Now, this is pretty amazing.
If you Google the term, the porno-connotation doesn’t even come up first — the most widely known meaning is “member of a street gang”.
And it seems to me she was conflating a “gang bang” (which I don’t think is necessarily non-consensual) with a gang-rape, in order to bring this around to insensitivity to women.
This seems to say more about where her mind is than those she was condescendingly chastising — who were correct, by the way.
Maybe she’s seen Old School a few too many times?
No where else
And THIS folks is why you should read Leavenworth St. every day.
And listen to my podcast interview with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert on all things snow, fire and HDR!