Iowa Road Trip

Nebraska’s Junior U.S. Senator, Ben Sasse, is on his “Anyone But Trump” Iowa Road Trip, and he chatted with Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin for four minutes on all things Iowa, Trump and caucuses.

See it here.

Sasse on Bloomberg

Sasse says that Trump is saying, “if I’m elected I’ll do whatever I want…

That’s an interesting point, and maybe Trump feels that way…but has he said that? And are other candidates not saying what they will do as President — as opposed talking about how much they will be working with Congress?

There are plenty of conservative issues on which to oppose Trump, as Sasse is doing. He should hammer all of those if that’s the point he wants to make. But the “strongman” notes, not to mention the infidelity stuff, is going another direction.

Though Sasse no doubt knows this.

One pro-tip for the Senator:
Ditch the Husker jacket if you’re trying to influence Iowans.
No one says you have to go Black & Gold (or Red & Yellow), but going Big Red can make you the enemy to many eyes.


Fort still for Carly

On that same beat, Sasse joined Rep. Jeff Fortenberry in Waukee, Iowa as Fort continued his endorsement of Carly Fiorina.

Fort endorsed Fiorina in October, and has kept by her side, though her poll numbers have flagged significantly in Iowa and elsewhere.

Noted Rep. Fortenberry:

“I think Carly Fiorina has the character, I know she has the commitment, and she has the vision to repurpose government and restore America.”


Senator Fischer in DC

Nebraska’s Senior Senator, Deb Fischer, is in Washington, D.C. and recently spoke on the Senate floor, in tribute to Nebraskans who have given their life for their country.

Here is her speech for Sergeant Josh Ford of Pender.

She notes…

(His father) recalls Josh saying to him, when home on leave the April before his death:

“Old man, I now understand why you were so tough on me while I was growing up. You only wanted me to become the best person I could possibly be.”

During his limited time on earth, Josh did just that.

Our nation, and all Nebraskans, are forever indebted to his service and sacrifice.



But, you know, the party left HIM…

And in former Republican news, former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel gave a grand to Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold.

Feingold is challenging sitting Republican Senator Ron Johnson.


Who’s going to insult Megyn Kelly?

The No-Fun Debate (i.e. Trump-less) tonight!

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  1. Do' says:

    Tonight is the Trump-less “Make America Snore Again” debate. Sasse will be in front row. The Iowa GOP’s past picks Santorum and Huckabee, however, will be with Donald Trump. (Come on, its funny.)

    As for Sassy Ben, it is always good to see egotistical academics stab themselves with hubris. A cup of hemlock for our friend Sasse, who apparently turns out to be a constitutional dunce as well.

    Every President does what he wants; except those who do the bidding of various chairmen and Super PAC donors who own them. You know, the not-the-Trumps who Sasse is so staunchly for.

    Sasse is talking to Bloomberg News , so maybe he likes Bloomberg himself, the Liberal Progressive who FOX’s owner Murdock wants to run as an Independent.. Or perhaps Sasse is for whoever the Megyn Kelly-Michael Moore unholy union is backing. But all that said, every Presidents does what they want.

    The job is called “executive” in the constitution. And that is why we have checks and balances, three branches, etc. And Impeachment too. But actually, Trump didn’t even say that, as Sweeper implies about Sasse, who is thus playing the lying arsehole. And a stupid arsehole at that, for Ben is indeed wearing a Big Red jacket in Iowa.

    I have a Ted Cruz jacket that Ben Sasse can borrow. On the back it says “SCREW ETHANOL”.

    • It’s Murdoch, ignoramus. I think your handle should be ‘doh’.

      Meanwhile, I see Saudi Prince Al Waleed Talal is mocking Trump for tweeting an obviously photoshopped picture of Megyn Kelly with the prince, and asked if Trump needed to be bailed out for a third time.

      And finally, in huckster news, it turns out donations Trump collects for wounded warriors will go 100% to the …wait for it…Donald Trump charitable foundation.

      The man is utterly devoid of shame.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ben Sasse is operating by rules which may or may not work in the future.

    Sasse won his NE GOP primary by 109,829 votes out of 222,520 cast. That leaves 112,673 NE GOP voters who didn’t like Sasse enough to vote for him the first time around. Maybe they all like Sasse now. Trump is today polling 35% out of eleven nationally. If you take that as a rough percent of NE GOP voters, it becomes more or less 78,550 Nebraskans who support Trump. Sasse is in Iowa today for “Anyone But Trump”. Which means Sasse says he hates the guts of every Nebraska GOP voter who is for Trump.

    Pollsters all see the resilience of Trump voters. Frank Luntz finds it astounding. No one else has voters stand in the cold for hours. It is as if Trump voters had an epiphany. Yet Sasse hates every Republican Trump voter in Nebraska. How else can they see his behavior Iowa but as that?

  3. Anonymous says:

    A Professor, unable to raise supporting facts and to argue logic against arguments, is reduced to picking out language errors in that which he doesn’t like to read.

  4. Vet says:

    I am combat disabled and use the Omaha VA hospital built during the Korean War. The place is old and full because most VA patients don’t have service connected disability. Our government uses the VA like a soup kitchen for bums who have no compensable reason to be there. That’s one problem. It being full is a killer problem.

    The best answer I’ve seen to VA overcrowding is Trump’s plan to piggy back VA overload onto existing Medicade systems. Simple with no extra bureaucracy. They all say they’d help vets but he says how. So I was angry when a few jerks said Trump is using veterans by holding a veteran fundraiser during the debate. Every other candidate debating takes money from donors and uses it to buy voters. They are the ones using people.

    I saw some of the debate too and they were talking about issues Trump raised. But that debate was sour grapes. The Trump fundraiser however was amazing. There was Huckabee and Santorum, the two candidates Iowan GOP Iowa voters picked the last two times, standing with Trump.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      It’s spelled Medicaid but I won’t deride your spelling as some here would.
      Nebraskans don’t have expanded Medicaid.
      Nor do we have expanded Medicaid here in Texas.
      Do you really think Trump could get expanded Medicaid for all veterans?

    • Sparkles says:

      President Barack Obama signed H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on August 7, 2014.
      The bill:
      1) Sets aside funding enabling the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics.
      2) For Veterans who can’t get timely care through the VA, the bill appropriates $15 Billion to help them get the care they need someplace else. This is particularly important for Veterans who are in more remote areas, in rural areas. If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, or if VA doctors can’t see you within a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have the chance to see a doctor outside the VA system.
      3) Will give the VA secretary more authority to hold people accountable. Authority will be granted to permit the VA Sec to move quickly in removing VA executives and personnel who fail to meet the standards of conduct and competence that the American people demand.

      Also, Trump is PROVEN to be a charlatan who has repeatedly used veterans for political gain.
      Google: ‘Veterans for a Strong America’ – headed by huckster and all-around P.O.S., Joel Arends.
      Be sure to check of the video of Trump, standing in front of 16″ guns, crassly pandering to a handful of assembled vets who don’t know they’re being duped.

      While you’re googling, dial up ‘Wounded Warrior Project’, which has made national headlines this week for it’s highly shady operations.
      Every Fox Newser has to recognize the name Wounded Warrior Project. The organizing buys every third ad spot on the network. Trace Adkins is on Fox TeeVee about seven hundred times a day asking for money on their behalf. Apparently the Fox “News” audience has proven lucrative, they raised $225 Million in 2014.

      Speaking of Fox “News”, few veteran charity events were more fraudulent than Sean Hannity’s decade of “Freedom Concerts”, featuring Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood.
      One investigative report found:
      “According to its 2006 tax returns, Freedom Alliance reported revenue of $10,822,785, but only $397,900 –or a beyond-measly 3.68%– of that was given to the children of fallen troops as scholarships or as aid to severely injured soldiers.”

      I’m grateful to you and all veterans for your service.
      I’ve always been troubled that so few veterans are willing to step up and demand this revolving cadre of charlatans stop fleecing patriotic, yet gullible Americans in their name.

      • Sparkles says:

        Glad you asked –

        “Nebraska VA facilities’ wait times among shortest in U.S.”
        April 09, 2015 • By MARGERY A. BECK / Associated Press
        OMAHA — Less than 1 percent of medical appointments at Nebraska’s largest Veterans Affairs health facility, the Omaha VA Medical Center, failed to meet the VA health system’s timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.

        That’s one of the lowest rates in the country.. overall, all of Nebraska’s 10 VA medical centers and clinics fall under 1 percent.

      • Sparkles says:

        Another, more nefarious organization that exploits veterans is the right wing, Koch funded Concerned Veterans for America.
        And CVA is much more dangerous than the simple fleecing of patriotic Americans.
        CVA’s aim is to dismantle, in it’s entirety, the VA.

        I would assume veterans would trust the reporting of the venerable Stars and Stripes, in an editorial titled:
        Vets should be wary of CVA pitchforks and torches

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles: So all that law just to lower the wait time in Omaha Ne? Did it get the VA hospital in CO. finished? Did it lower wait times in other parts of the country. Did vets stop dying while waiting for medical care? Did it change (read terminate) the appropriate personnel who were scamming the VA and enriching themselves when it wasn’t deserved? Did it change the cultural to one of service and dedication to the vet?

        I really would like to know.

      • Oracle says:

        bynd, I really have a problem with your philosophy which appears to be: “Unless every problem is fixed at once, any forward progress toward that goal is worthless.”

      • Sparkles says:


        Re: “I really would like to know.”

        Well, I’d suggest you do some research.
        No doubt you’ve conveniently bookmarked your favorites sites. like World Nut Daily, Breitbart and Daily Caller.
        I’m sure each has archived numerous stories, all made of whole cloth, each a fabrication slightly more egregious than one you read before, of the exact kinds of anti-government, Obama-derangement-syndrome, hate-for-profit fables of veterans dying in parking lots and hallways while VA employees nap, surf porn on the internet, eat pizza and play canasta.

        Maybe while you’re diligently researching, you can dig in that massive black hole of previously unfathomable incompetence that was the 8 years of GW Bush.

  5. Vet says:

    Annie, yes, and why not? I developed worldwide executive systems. Yet anyone can see that piggybacking on existing systems is easier and cheaper than developing new ones. And no one is talking about closing the VA. We are talking about relieving pressure and identifying bad quality causes, but mostly we are talking about finding solutions. Political Correctness doesn’t allow people to freely describe problems. Get past that and you have the beginning of a new Solutionism.

    Unlike Obamacare’s coopting of insurance in a new bloated lumpy bureaucracy, the VA is socialized medicine concrete. VA patients literally have to drive 30 miles to a VA hospital while everyone else can go to neighborhood doctors on their HMO. That’s a problem unique to the VA. But the VA will always need to exist because troops return from war with sets of dire unique problems (IED trauma today, mine blast in Vietnam) that need special attention and prosthetics. But piggybacking? Sure. It is a normal part of the Solutionism we see re-surfacing big time in this election season.

    The extreme Left and Right both have rice bowls that are broken by Solutionism. We live in a PC culture where people are punished for speaking their minds by the Right and by the Left who are principle not solution oriented. That’s all nice in theory but theory is behind gulags and ovens while the US Constitution pushes no principles and leaves that up to voters, who want to be able to freely think and to express any thought aloud without being punished. The Solutionist framework leaves plenty of room for rational non-gagged differences of opinion for ways to best run government.

    Americans are responding powerfully to Solutionism, as surfaced by Trump, as if they haven’t had freedom of speech for a long, long time. And they haven’t. Reagan did much the same and it broke rice bowls too. But sure, piggybacking. Its a no cost, no brainer place to start.

    • Oracle says:

      Americans are responding powerfully to Solutionism, as surfaced by Trump…

      I don’t have an opinion on your VA solution, but this statement leads me to cast doubt on any opinions you might have. Trump’s “solutions” are on par with the snake-oil salesman’s solutions. There’s nothing there. It’s just mindless blather of impossible to execute solutions that the rubes suck up with no critical thought processes involved.

    • Sparkles says:

      A better word for Trump’s schtick would be –
      Shallowism​: belief in the adequacy of shallow knowledge.

      As governance-by-bumper-sticker consumes the right, and attention spans shrink, enter the new hucksters of shallowism.

      Of course, that’s only if one imagines Trump’s act is anything more than pure, unadulterated schtick.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Vet: In response to your “why not,” it’s because Trump would have to get all state govts. to agree to expanding Medicaid. And I’m pretty sure Texas and Nebraska would continue to hold out…
      Medicaid is a shared cost between state and federal govts. However, perhaps Trump could get health care for vets under Medicare, a federal program. But then, why not Medicare for everyone? That question failed and we got the ACA instead.

  6. The Eye Ball says:

    The GOP seems to have three sections.
    First group, like Fischer, just want the Federal Government to function. A large number of RINOs agree with this position but it is increasingly untenable. Some conservatives are here.

    Second group, like Sasse, want the Federal Government placed back under Constitutional law instead of the mindless chaos of endless growing government. This group is concerned about debt and Obamacare. Most early Tea Party supporters are in this group. More conservatives are in this group.

    Third group, the anti-immigration crowd like Trump, which eventually splinters in to pieces because of extremists. Trumpkins seem more willing to destroy the GOP instead of defend the Constitution. Sarah Palin has sided with this tactic and it does not work. Trump sounds great but he will quickly abandon any position he takes if elected.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Tea party what the hell is that, any pol that retained office under that flag is just another pol. Tea party was corrupted and sold out soon after it started. There is only eGOP that is surviving. hence the trying to take Cruz apart. Then there is the lying, phony, self serving, blow smoke up your rear Trump, he knows it, the people know it, he knows the people know it, that’s the difference between him and the others, which is not much

  7. bynd says:


    Your attitude towards the VA would indicate you never had to use them. So your editorial is pretty much useless. Yes, I have used them.

    Your reply to what I really wanted to know was expected. I have researched, there are no answers that would not embarrass you.

    Oracle: Once again the closed mind. Some would think that the rosy picture painted, even though there is little progress, would satisfy all. Some set the bar that low. Others don’t. Any progress is for the low bar setters.

    • Oracle says:

      bynd, I feel that I’m completely wasting the time it takes to type this, but I never said anything about “satisfaction”. Why don’t you respond to what I actually post instead of what you imagine I post.

      • bynd says:


        In many of the things I write about in here, partial progress forward is like none at all. It is not acceptable and to many settle for such a low bar that never moves up. Note how the Republicans settle for candidates they really don’t like and Sparkles, who doesn’t look forward to Hillary being President, but doesn’t have enough back bone or principles to vote for Bernie.

        For example, 11.4 million insured under ACA, Bernie says 29 million not. Most others say 19 million others not. Is it progress forward? For that cost it should be all by now. If the right solution had en used, it would be pretty much a done deal at probably less than 1/2 the cost.

        So now we pay higher insurance rates to cover the uninsured and we pay taxes to subsidize the others. So what in the cost area has that saved those of us who have non subsidized insurance? Nothing.

        As they said in CNN and others, which seem to be to main stream for out of the universe Sparkles, that is the low hanging fruit. Show me some partial forward progress that means something, I can’t think of any right off the bat.

        Sparkles, as the game use to say, “some galactic commander you are space cadet.” Obviously, they knew you even before your time. As I said before, don’t read that crap. But I realize such a simple concept is beyond your comprehension and intelligence, or lack thereof. So project on another tinfoil brother or sister. Que Twilight Zone music for Sparkles. A true mental midget among the Minions.

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