“Few believe bare-knuckled politics are a substitute for principled governing. And does anyone doubt that many on both the right and the left now salivate for more of these radical tactics? The people despise us all. And why is this? Because we’re not doing the job we were sent here to do.”
This was a portion of Senator Ben Sasse’s maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
According to press reports…
“As he concluded his half-hour speech, the other senators applauded. Many approached him with an encouraging handshake and slap on the back.”
Now, if Sasse had given this speech on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature, apparently things would have been different.
Instead of kudos, he would have been told to get the hell out — or as the kids like to Text, “DLTDHYOTAOTWO“.
That was essentially Speaker Galen Hadley’s response to state Senator Bill Kintner, when Kintner suggested, in a written editorial, that things should change in the Legislature.
In his Op-Ed, Kintner suggested…
- Changing the secret ballot to public ballots used to elect committee chairman
- Being more conservative by cutting spending and taxes
- Not listening to lobbyists so much
That was it.
That was the list. Don’t believe me? Read it here.
So it’s no wonder that Hadley told him:
“If you don’t like being in the body, leave. Get out.”
Did this hit too close to home for the Speaker?
Stupid or Liar?
And then lets look at the ridiculous press who, upon hearing ANY analogy, immediately jump up and declare that the one telling the story is making a one-to-one argument.
Kintner begins his Op-Ed by re-telling an old story of monkeys in a cage who end up doing something, “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.”
Click the Op-Ed to read it or you can watch Jeff Bridges tell the exact-same story in the movie “The Contender”. (You might note that this long-story ended up on the cutting-room floor, but was included in the DVD extras…)
Or if you don’t like Hollywood, here is a professor from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, telling the same story in a TED-like setting.
But what does your Nebraska Press do?
They accuse Kintner of calling the Legislature monkeys.
Martha Stoddard, OWH: ...Kintner column comparing senators to monkeys
Nebraska Radio Network: Sen. Kintner compares lawmakers to monkeys
Steve White, NTV: …Sen. Kintner column that compared lawmakers to monkeys
LJS: ...Senator Kintner for writing column likening lawmakers to monkeys in cage
Matthew Hansen, OWH: ...Sen. Kintner op-ed comparing senators to monkeys
JoAnne Young, LJS: Sen. Kintner went on for 29 paragraphs with his comparison between monkeys and senators.
Joe Duggan, OWH: …Sen Bill Kintner to task for op-ed piece comparing his colleagues with “monkeys.”
So here’s a game for you, members of the Fourth Estate:
Stupid or Liar?
Are you just that obtuse that you can’t understand a simple analogy used to make a point? Did you REALLY miss the point of “doing things the way they’ve always been done” and that the monkey story was just a vessel for that idea?
Are you REALLY that stupid?
Or are you just lying to your readers?
For instance, Matthew Hansen replied to my Tweet, saying , “I didn’t miss his point. A monkey wouldn’t miss his point, so long as Curious George didn’t nod off during extended analogy.”
Well, OK then. So, when Hansen Tweeted to his followers that Kintner was comparing Senators to monkeys, he knew that wasn’t true. (There’s a word for that.)
Just waiting for the rest of the press to speak up. Because of course, “Kintner wants to change Legislature rules” doesn’t get nearly the clicks that “Kintner accuses Hadley of having a tail and prehensile feet” does.
But then again, no one accused Sasse above of claiming that the Senate was full of drooling MMA fighters, did they?
Hmm. Maybe it has something to do with their personal feelings about Hadley.
Galen being Galen
And while we’re at it, Speaker Hadley REALLY took offense to a fellow Senator suggesting that he vote differently.
Told the guy to resign his office.
Another fellow Senator compares police to ISIS…
Suggests that if he wasn’t peaceful, he’d shoot a cop…
In that instance Hadley says, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Apparently it’s just a good thing that Senator Chambers didn’t suggest that Hadley should cut taxes.
I had predicted that the expanding gambling amendment that I spoke with former state Senator Scott Lautenbaugh about would stir up some passion.
And look at the group it brought together!
That’s quite the Murderer’s Row of Nebraska Republicans to be up against.
And of course, the issue of expanded casino gambling has already devolved into one side claiming “deceit” and the other “outright lies”.
If this doesn’t end up with lie-detector tests, we’re not getting our money’s worth…
For fans of “Office Space” (the movie, not to be confused with the TV show, “The Office”), here is Ted Cruz’s latest funny against Hillary Clinton.
Cruz apparently has a group making a number of funnies for him. The above ad, one with a Donald Trump action figure, the Rubio remorse ad.
And here’s a Q: They dropped the Rubio remorse ad, because it starred a porn actress. But did they REALLY not know who she was, or was that intentional to get MORE people to watch the spot??? The plot thickens!
In the mean time, here are some reported tracking numbers from South Carolina this morning:
Kasich single digits
The big shocker has to be Rubio below Bush.
If he doesn’t play better in SC, does that spell doom for his campaign?
Could make it very difficult…
..and I ain’t got nobody…
Another Saturday-night GOP debate!
I should be live-Tweeting it, so follow along @LeavenworthSt!
Have a great weekend!