Within hours of Scalia’s death, Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell said that there would be NO votes on replacing Scalia until after a new President takes office.
Senator Ted Cruz went on TV and said that there was no reason for the Senate to provide any additional advice and consent, because they were advising the President NOT to nominate anyone to replace Scalia.
There seems to be this overriding feeling that Republicans must play super-hardball. Republicans feel they must show that they won’t take any guff, that this is the mountain they will die on (as many have demanded). And it seems that much of this is a show of just how conservative they are to the Tea Party types and others who have demanded a backbone.
And it is true that many have demanded that.
But not necessarily in this fashion.
People complain that candidates do one thing and then end up voting another way as office holders. Their complaints are real. We hear about changing the tax code, and abolishing departments, and fixing this that or the other program.
And it never, ever happens.
So Senator are presented with an easy issue: not letting a liberal in to replace one of the most brilliant legal minds ever to grace the Court.
But McConnell and Cruz and others have it wrong.
Conservatives and Tea Partiers (whom ever they are these days) and Trump voters and all other types of Republicans aren’t looking for McConnell and Cruz to STOP a vote.
They are simply looking for them to vote CORRECTLY.
So LET the President have his nomination.
LET the person come before the Judiciary Committee.
LET the process work.
And then…VOTE RIGHT.
After they’ve withstood the cackles of MSNBC and the harsh words from Chris Matthews and the President calling them unreasonable and a Republican or two chipping away from the pressure…
STAND YOUR GROUND.
That is what the people are clamoring for.
They don’t want games. And they don’t promises Senators won’t keep.
They want to hear them argue their side, then stick with it.
Sure there will be Democrats who will bombard Republicans, and many other who will lick their chops at defeating them. But a simple response that this person whom the President nominated does not meet the standard for replacing Antonin Scalia, will do.
And then vote correctly.
Really shouldn’t be that hard.
Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon continues to rack up the endorsements.
Yesterday he added former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Tomorrow he will add Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning, Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, and FireGuard President Bob Sorensen.
Bacon has quite the list working. It will be interesting to see him put them into action.
How does a filibuster work in the Nebraska legislature?
Here is NTV’s Fred Knapp to explain it all to you in two and a half minutes:
A quick summary on Security
Senators Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst (of Iowa) returned from the Munich (Germany) Security Conference recently.
They followed that up by writing an Op-Ed where they spell out six observations regarding future security.
Russia is in effect “weaponizing” emigration to advance its geopolitical goals. This is no accident.
The Russians — and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is increasingly a Russian and Iranian puppet dictator — deliberately bomb civilians, causing them to flee, thus killing would-be internal fighters and taxing would-be external opposition. They essentially have the ability to dial up and dial down refugee exodus pacing. This produces havoc in the receiving nations of Europe. That is not accidental.
The whole piece is short, and interesting, and you should read.
Prayers for Nick
As I have shared numerous times, I am a big Creighton Bluejays basketball fan — I was going to games before I was born, and have been going and watching and listening ever since.
One of the best things about the modern times is that we can now see pretty much every game on TV, even if we can’t be there in person. One of the best things that has happened to Creighton basketball has been former Creighton player Nick Bahe on many of the Big East broadcast teams (along with his radio time as well).
Nick announced on his radio show today that he has been undergoing diagnosis and treatment for a thymus problem, a tumor, and will be finding out in the next few days if the problems go beyond that, i.e. cancer.
Nick is the brand new father of a baby-girl (and did a Creighton game the day after). Nick’s knowledge of the game, joy of the game and joy of life have only increased my enjoyment of the games.
You can hear Nick’s emotional announcement he made today on his health issues, here:
Please help me in wishing Nick and his family the best, giving them our thoughts and prayers, and in looking forward most importantly to his speedy return to health and to his return to the basketball sidelines.
…and because they’re our Future…
I have been told that a full Poli Sci class of upperclassmen (AND women!) at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln had…NEVER HEARD OF LEAVENWORTH ST!!!
Would you be a dear and pass Leavenworth St. along to the college kid of your choice? You probably know one. Just pass it along, ask them to read and pass it along to another of their friends or classmates.
Please do so, because this next generation really needs to be in on what you are reading, and get a clue on the talk of Nebraska politics.
(And if you’re on Reddit, or one of those, please share there as well.)