Morning Joe vs Gym-Rat Ben

Joe v Ben
Joe v Ben

Could today be the first of many final crushing steps by Donald Trump?

Or will Cruz’s Alamo holdout, or a surprise by Rubio put things on hold until the REAL Über Tuesday of March 15th?

FWIW, friends of mine in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia note very light turnout at the polling places this morning. (The latest polls there have Trump 40, Rubio 27, Cruz 22.)


Sasse v. Scarborough

And Senator Ben Sasse’s #AnyoneButTrump meme gathers some steam, but will it chug anywhere?

Sasse was on Morning Joe talking about his stance, and hammering the hosts, lefthandedly, as well saying:

Over the course of the last five or six months. A whole lot of people have had a lot of fun playing with Donald Trump’s reality TV show about our kids’ future. 

If Donald Trump becomes the likely Republican nominee in the next 60 days, all of a sudden, the media is going to wake up and take the guy apart in little pieces, because he’s not a serious adult.”

Joe Scarborough was having none of it however, and took a very rigid stance against Sasse’s media bashing, to note that he had asked the tough questions to Trump (“why would you support dictator Putin”) months ago.

See the exchange here:

And things got just a bit…snippy.

Scarborough didn’t like Sasse lecturing him on how the media is treating Trump, saying:

“Senator you were playing tee-ball while I was fighting for those principles of conservatism, for the Republican party and for this country.”


But Sasse bats back that Scarborough was using Trump-style attacks against him.


Calmer heads seemed to prevail as they seemed to agree to agree about Trump, conservatives and the state of the Republican party.

And one note they give at the end:
IF a third party candidate wanted to get on the ballot in all 50 states, they have about 2 weeks to do it, UNLESS they hook onto an existing party that is already on the ballots (like the Green Party, or another).

The consensus right now seems to be that tonight will be a big identifier of Trump’s strength, but the March 15th primaries include many Winner-Take-All delegate states, and THAT will be the date Trump could cement the nomination.

Or not.


At least he didn’t say “Sass-eee”

And then Chris Matthews, who once upon a time was an interesting commentator, and in successive years has become a jackass, still can’t pronounce “Sasse” (he says, “sass-uh”).

And since Matthews doesn’t know the name of this freshman, he decides that Sasse isn’t a “major Senator”. But then goes on to quote his Facebook post.

And you wonder why FOXNews is the #1 news channel?


A “Nebraska” plan…

So here was one theory floated by an insider politico…

“If we are potentially headed to a contested convention, Heineman or Fischer could run as a favorite son (or daughter) candidate from Nebraska. The idea being, in a contested convention, not being committed on the first open ballot gives Nebraska huge influence. It only takes 300 signatures before March 7 to get on…”

I ran this past a few connected folks and while they thought it was an interesting idea, probably not one that had any legs. (Least of matters being that March 7th cutoff.)

The concept for it would be that first, it would cut off Trump from winning Nebraska — with the idea that the Favorite Son (or daughter) would take the Rubio-Cruz votes for a majority win.

Then at the “open” convention (where no candidate got a majority of delegates in the primary), after the committed ballots were done and the open voting starts, the Nebraska delegates would be sought after, since they were never committed to any of the actual candidates.

Interesting I suppose, if your goal is for the Nebraska delegates to get “attention”.

Well, file it under an idea, anyway.


Creighton responds

A follow up on the story about the youth political group “Turning Point USA” getting turned down as an official student group at Creighton University.

The Public Relations Director at C.U. got back to me and responded:

While the application and materials submitted provided a good foundation of the purpose and mission of this organization, during the interview process the interviewers did not have a clear sense of why the students wanted to start this organization on campus, how it would be different from College Republicans, and the interest level from other students.

This club was one of three that were declined.The office has reached out to provide additional feedback to the student, organizers in the hopes that more details can be provided about the purpose of the organization, sustainability, and events/activities the group hopes to support. Mr. Carrizales had not replied to the office’s attempts to contact him. Mr. Carrizales was told he can reapply for consideration.

My response was that I did not understand, frankly the purpose of an “official” student organization. And further that this group seemingly would be quite different from the CRs, but maybe not that different from the “Young Americans for Liberty” — but she didn’t make that point.

If the purpose of being “official” is giving them school resources — money, office space, etc. — then I get the point of having to be restrictive. But if it is much less than that, then frankly, who cares how many groups you have? Make sure they’re not breaking any laws or decency, then let them be. Or put them on double secret probation for a year and see how they do.

In any case, there seems to be a bit of a communication issue with C.U. and the groups, and they can probably work it out.



Happy 149th Birthday Nebraska!
In your honor, a video was made!

Have a cold one on me.


I hope you know where to go

I’ll be on the Twitter tonight as the returns come in, so make sure to follow me @LeavenworthSt. As I keep telling you, if you’re looking for Breaking News, don’t go to CNN or Drudge or any of them. It’s all about the Twitter, baby.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Good to see Senator Ben (we used to have another Senator named Ben) is out doing TV again in the spirit of kissing up for his next big run. Meanwhile in Nebraska, his constituents are trying to figure out what he has done lately except deliver essay answers while ignoring them, their needs and correspondence. Go Ben Go. You’re a great insider so you should know the games to be alarmed when they are threatened.

  2. Bluejay says:


    Being a citizen of Nebraska is not the same thing as being a fan of Big Red. Creighton is in Omaha and has thumped the Red for five years in a row in basketball.

    And Joe S really patronized you. Due to the failures of the GOP for the last seven years,mew are looking at a Trump nomination.

  3. Sparkles says:

    Gentile Ben is not a fan of his fellow Republicans, or the party in general.

    From Republican Senator Sasse’s spat –
    The Republican party is just a tool..
    The Republican party has been vacuous for a really long time..
    I have lot’s of problems with the media but I have more problems with the Republican party..

    This coming from a man who paraded around Nebraska with… Sarah Palin.
    A Republican political wannabe who welcomed the endorsement of Ted Cruz, Citizens United and Tea Party Express.
    The man for whom one of his first acts as a candidate was to forfeit his ability to act intelligently on behalf of his constituents, by signing Grover Norquist’s Tax Pledge.
    The poster boy for the now ridiculous Weekly Standard and National Review – two publications who have fervently pushed their party harder than anyone to the brink of extinction at which it finds itself.

    • The usual vacuous rant. Ermahgerd, he pledged not to raise taxes. And any party that includes Sheila Jackson Lee has no right to joke about Sarah Palin.

      A for your advice on the GOP, Tinkerbell; surely your vast political wisdom would be better employed rescuing thehapless Nebraska Democrats?

      • anon says:

        Hapless Nebraska democrats? They have 13 in the legislature and pretty much run that. They seem to run Lincoln and Omaha also

      • Sparkles says:

        Sheila Jackson Lee has a Bachelors in PoliSci from Yale, and JD from one of the finest law schools in America, UVA.
        An education as fine as any, plus, there’s never been a threat she may be within a heartbeat of having access to the nuclear codes.

        Word Salad Sarah’s education is quite another tale –
        After graduating high school she enrolled at the U. of Hawaii at Hilo. Shortly after arriving in Hawaii, Palin transferred to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu for a semester before returning to the mainland to attend North Idaho Community College in Coeur d’Alene. She enrolled at the University of Idaho – Moscow for an academic year starting in August 1984 and then attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska in the fall of 1985.
        Shen then returned to the University of Idaho in January 1986, where alas, our little Snowbilly Grifter, post-secondary drifter, received her BA in communications.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, Making fun of the other sides dummies is part of the fun. My favorite though it was years ago and somewhat technical was an R Rep from Louisiana who declared theCivil Law System unfair and UnAmerican. As you know Louisiana follows a version of the Napoleonic Code.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH,Even if the Congressman was an affirmative action admit at Yale or UVA Law, plenty of places she would have gotten into straight up including the place you teach and its law school and also the same could be said for the place I worked. She did graduate from a very good law school. Her willingness to talk before thinking seems more a product o her inability to think before talking not affirmative action.

      • Sparkles says:

        It’s obviously a play on words. (Dennis Weaver, Clint Howard).
        But of course, you knew that, you just couldn’t refrain from striking out.

        And, bigot? Really? 99.7% of the world’s population is gentile, including myself.
        It’s kind of hard to be intolerant of 99.7% of the world’s population. Don’t cha think?
        Your desperation is showing.

        And for the record, growing up in a farming community in Kintner Kountry, I’m proud to say that I’ve been able to shed the ignorance and insularity that leads to the election of a buffoon like Kintner. I can count among my most respected friends many members of the Hasidic community from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
        Speaking as a swarthy German, a confirmed Lutheran and an avowed atheist, there is no group of religious people who I respect and admire more than those of the Hasidic community.
        People who truly live their values, without the need to try to force them on others.
        A rarity on this tiny blue marble.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Voting light in Virginia’s DC suburbs? I should think so. If Trump is sincere about making more jobs for Americans then that is directly proportional to putting much of the beltway crowd out of work.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s ironic that Sasse now says he has had a problem with the Republican Party for the last 8 or 9 years when he ran hard after the GOP Senate Primary with NEGOP and RNC support against David Domina in the General. How soon they forget….

  6. Macdaddy says:

    This Sheila Jackson Lee, Sparkles? “”This is not an idea of anyone over another person. Republican and Democratic Senators have already voted for this clean bill that we could vote on today. We have martial law. What that means–and my colleagues know what it means–is that you can put a bill on in just minutes,” she said.”. I’m not sure that was English but this was in response to a CR being passed in 2013.

    Or the Sheila Jackson Lee who in 2010 talked about two Vietnams, North and South, living side by side.

  7. Macdaddy says:

    Or the SJL who claimed she was a freed slave.

    Or claimed that we sent a man to Mars.

    “In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders, draft them of course – and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.”

    Or the one that thinks the Constitution is 400 years old.

    And my personal favorite: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Where is my seafood meal? I know it was ordered.”

  8. Lil Mac says:

    The GOP Establishment is now left with a Cruz they hate or a Trump they fear. Priebus and McConnell want to pick what’s behind door three. They are selling “Anyone but Trump” to voters who are voting “Anyone but the GOP Establishment”.

    If GOP leaders try to hand pick a GOP nominee other than the outsider that most GOP voters pick, GOP voters will burn the GOP leaders, perhaps in effigy. Bring marshmallows.

  9. Macdaddy says:

    And on the Democrat side of the race, we have draft-dodger Slick Willie telling a vet to sit down and shut up while Hillary can barely contain her anger at a voter of color who dares to challenge her racist generalizations. You can see the words, “You uppity b****” forming behind Hillary’s eyes. Watching the video, I can see how Juanita Broaddrick could have been intimidated when Hillary came over to make sure her husband’s dirty deeds stayed away from a prosecutor.

    • Anonymous says:

      And we can expect your words, “You uppity b****” forming at your keyboard every time Hillary surges ahead in the voting booths!

      • Sparkles says:

        And we can anticipate his words “You uppity b****” forming on his keyboard when President Hillary Clinton nominates 48 year old Padmanabhan Srikanth Srinivasan to the SCOTUS.

        A nominee who will be promptly approved by a Democrat controlled Senate.

  10. bynd says:


    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. MLK

    A lemming whether a Dem or Repub is still a lemming and all belief systems are religious, they just have different gods.

    • Sparkles says:

      Infinite Monkeys- ad hominem edition.

      Keep stringing words together, bynd.
      Evolution will insure that some day, relevance will emerge.

      • bynd says:


        But yet you reply with another post that proves the point. How long does it take your monkey to make those posts?

      • bynd says:

        Calling MLK a monkey. Shall we go down the racist road again?

        Don’t worry RL. Just another shot over the bow as learned from the libs

  11. repenting lawyer says:

    Sparkles, Leaving aside the nastiness of your comment, evolution has nothing to do with the infinite monkeys. The idea is that anything that is possible will happen given enough time. My recollection is that it is a pop form of position about probability held by the French mathematician Poincare, though this involves ProfGH’s day job so he would know..

    • Sparkles says:


      Respectfully, the “nastiness” of my reply was in direct proportion to the tenor of the drive-by ad hominem proffered by bynd.

      You may be correct re the origin of the Infinite Monkey Theorem.
      Nevertheless, an evolution ‘variant’ of the theorem is highly logical (as I imagine Leonard Nimoy might say) and has been famously bantered about for countless decades.

      • bynd says:


        And yet, I and many others on here, could say the same thing about you. But who are we to question the chameleon who has had so many different political lives, you make Ashford look good.

        And maybe you should look up the definition of ad hominem. You are not using it in the proper context.

        But let’s get on to the truth.

        From Sparkles reading of headlines:
        Singing the praise of the elections in Iran. How it will change the world, make it safer etc ad nausem because of fearless leader Obama.

        But wait, didn’t the Guardian Council disqualify a 1000 or more from running? So, did they not do their due diligence and let a few of the opposition in? Are they token reformers that will have no impact? How many of those running were picked by the people of Iran? NONE. Like us it becomes the lesser of two evils vote. And the people are definitely not in charge.

        Nice article in today’s OWH about the “reform” going on in Iran. But then, lemmings believe that the Ayatollah has seen the error of his ways and is giving up his power and letting his people run the country.

        Mean while, Iran offers $7,000.00 to anyone making a deadly attack in Israel and $35,000.00 to any martyr’s family whose house is torn down by the Israelis. As many have pointed out, including myself, the nuclear option is not the problem, it is the hundreds of billions of dollars that Obama gave them that will create the most deaths and instability in the middle east.

        I see where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has gone to Putin to request he sell them prohibited weapons. Good thing Obama has more room to maneuver since he was reelected. Good thing Putin is a law abiding wimp. He wouldn’t dare!

        Yes sir re bob, things are just ducky in lala land.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Sparkles, I think the infinite monkey theorem is an answer to the alleged improbability of evolution.

  12. repenting lawyer says:

    Bynd, One minute you complain of personal abuse and the next you fire a salvo of your own. I thought lemming mild, but Sparkles provoked you and you up the ante. Make up you mind. Do not know where you have met nasty liberals, not in NE surely. Here those thought Liberal are a quiet group, we do not like to provoke death threats.

    • bynd says:


      Thank goodness for your sake you never went on Watchdog several years back. Spouse’s names, home phone numbers and business phone numbers, names and address’ all posted in public. Emails to spouses and then to your church. And that wasn’t the worse. Afterward, they went back to volunteering for the Catholic church and ministering to children. Even the church had little good to say. And I am not trying to pick on your church. It just puts it a little closer to home clarifying reality.

      And, if you go around the net a little bit more, it is no surprise that the minority groups in any state are the ones with the most vitriol and consistent hate speech. I suspect it is because of the frustration of not being able to get their people elected in the state and the fact things are now so polarized.

      And I do not believe I have ever complained of personal abuse. So if I did, it was inadvertent. If you can’t take what you dish out or play with the big boys, you shouldn’t be on here.

      But I will also point out that what some consider name calling is to me more often a descriptor of someone based on their writings. Just as ad hominen writings can be used in about 6 different ways to support a point. (I love Wikipedia) And provoking and pushing buttons are sometimes just part of the game.

      But it is nice to have the civilized on here. They can help keep the vitriol down. But it will never be eliminated. Modesty, civility and decorum are now the four letter words of today.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Bynd, I had those same type of experiences and much worse over the years, largely because of politically active relatives, and always from alleged Conservatives. Being a devout coward I mostly shut up. My now deceased mother even was insulted about her view at an old folks home, but she liked to fight back.
        I am a very high church AngloCatholic, but with no objections to women priests or bishops.

      • bynd says:


        Just goes to show, the label is superfluous. They are all just different sides of the same coin.

  13. Believe says:

    Let’s boycott the Lincoln Journal Star! Drop your subscription until they quit being a bias newspaper for the liberals. All you conservatives-Why pay for a newspaper who’s people who run it, hate you. Try and find something nice they’ve written about Republicans, When has anyone ever read anything in the LJS that has defended conservative ideals, whether it be local, state, or national. It’s time to put Publisher Ava Thomas, Editor Dave Bundy, and Opinion Page Editor Gordon Winters out of business. Let them go work for MSNBC.

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