First, a quick Local News Separated at Birth:
A young KETV’s John Oakey and a young Marco Rubio!
“What I said about what he said”
A company called Victory Processing is doing an automated poll in Nebraska.
There are questions about Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
And there are questions about Donald Trump.
And there are questions about what Ben Sasse says about Donald Trump.
The gist seems to be that Ben Sasse wants to know what you think about Trump.
And he wants you to know what HE thinks about Trump.
And he wants to know what YOU think about what HE thinks about Trump.
Which is all a little strange.
Here are the main (non-identifier) questions:
1. What is your view of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse?
Somewhat Favorable, Very Favorable, Somewhat Unfavorable, Very Unfavorable, or No opinion
6. And with which part of the Republican Party do you most closely identify?
Traditional, TEA Party, Libertarian, Social/Evangelical Conservative, or None of the above
7. If the Republican Primary election for President were held today, who would you support?
John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, or undecided
8. Senator Sasse opposes Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Have you recently seen, read, or heard anything about this?
Yes, no, (go to informed oppo question) or not sure, (go to informed oppo question)
9. And does what you have seen, read, or heard make your Opinion More or Less Favorable toward Senator Sasse?
More Favorable, Less Favorable, No Change
10. Ben Sasse opposes Donald Trump because of Trump’s positions on single payer healthcare, Trump’s mixed record on the 2nd Amendment, Trump’s disregard for the Constitution, Trump’s support for Planned Parenthood, and refusal to disavow the endorsement of KKK members. Because of this, Sasse has said that even if Trump is the nominee GOP nominee, he cannot support Trump. Sasse says he will never vote for Hillary Clinton either, but he cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump.
(Editor’s note: No question here.)
11. Knowing this information, is your view of Senator Sasse More or Less Favorable?
Somewhat More Favorable, Much More Favorable, Somewhat Less favorable, Much Less Favorable, No opinion
This seems a little unusual.
Sasse isn’t up for re-election anytime soon.
And he is certainly sticking his neck out — in Iowa and across the nation — opposing Trump, on a purely principled platform.
“Trump isn’t a Constitutional Conservative. I am. Therefore I cannot support him and neither should you.”
So…why the poll?
So that he can wave it, saying, “Nebraskans support my position“?
Should that matter?
And isn’t that Question No. 11 a little off?
They rattle off a number of “oppo research” points (and there are those who think particularly that the KKK question is unfair at best, and at worst false).
But then after that the question isn’t, “Knowing that, what is your opinion of Trump?”
It’s, “What’s your opinion of…Sasse?”
But, Senator Sasse just confirmed that he’s not running for President.
And he isn’t up for reelection for nearly 5 years.
Is Sasse making a principled stand here against Donald Trump?
That usually doesn’t require polling.
Note that while this poll is about Sasse, I do not have any info on who is actually paying for it. Sasse’s official Senate office says that it is not them.]
And in case you missed it, Nebraska’s Senior Senator, Deb Fischer, put it in no uncertain terms that she disagrees with Sasse’s position of #NeverTrump:
“There is way too much at stake to hand it to Hillary Clinton — and the strategy of a third party, I believe, would do just that.”
“I will support the Republican nominee.”
But then she went a step further:
“I don’t know how any Republican or conservative can support that.”
She won’t say it, and I’m not trying to start a fight, but lemme just point out that Deb Fischer called into question Ben Sasse’s conservative credentials.
It is still my belief that Sasse actually does believe that a third-party candidacy hands Hillary Clinton the keys to the Oval Office.
And I think his strategy of #NeverTrump is that he believes that the ONLY way to beat Trump is to say “never” and the ONLY way to really let people know that you mean NEVER is to say, “I’d rather go third party“.
And I get that strategy. And it could work. And if it does, then kudos.
The problem is that if Trump gets the majority of delegates, and he becomes the nominee, where does that leave Sasse?
If he DOESN’T support a third-party, he seems…weak.
If he DOES support a third-party, he’ll get blamed for Hillary.
He has put himself in a weird and difficult situation — unless he has a plan to stick with Trump in the end — if he gets certain promises, etc. etc. Which wouldn’t be a bad plan.
And maybe Sasse just isn’t showing all of his cards at this point.
One would hope he has aces up his sleeve.
Gimme your money
Interesting photo Tweeted by the LJS today:
— Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) March 3, 2016
This is a line of people waiting to see Bernie Sanders at Lincoln’s Lied Center.
Bernie Sanders, who has NO CHANCE of winning the Democrat nomination.
Yet people are still lining up to see him.
So Democrats are still lining up to listen to a Socialist.
And they’re not exactly turning out in droves to support Hillary.
A quick note on Mitt Romney’s speech today.
I like Mitt Romney. A lot. I wish he was President. I think he would have been a fantastic President.
But his anti-Trump speech today came waaaaaay too late.
And he is EXACTLY the type of person that Trump voters do NOT want. And Trump can probably take him down in a couple of Tweets.
That’s “Senator-re-elected”, to you…
State Senator John Murante is pushing a bill to move up the Nebraska Presidential primary.
The irony is that this year the Nebraska GOP Primary COULD matter.
It would be fascinating, if things get really close, if it mattered a lot.
The additional price tag, to have the Presidential primary vote earlier than the rest of the voting, would be a little over a million bucks.
In the mean time, maybe just a little more of a push could be made at the national level for rotating regional primaries. And maybe we can instead rid ourselves of the goofy, voting on strips of paper, banana-Republic caucuses, with almost no oversight.
It’s amazing that this is still going on in 2016.
Date Night Debate Night
It’s once again GOP Debate Night!
That means I’ll see YOU on the Twitter @LeavenworthSt (8pm CT).
Can it be anything less than a 3 on 1 Battle Royal, with jumps from the top rope and folding chairs being swung? (And I’m old enough to remember when a top-rope jump got you immediately disqualified in a WWF match…)
Rubio shined last time by using Trump’s own strategy to throw Trump off his game. But it withered when he did the same stuff off the debate stage.
Trump on the other hand seemed to shine when he was “Presidential” on the post-election stage. But would that same strategy serve him poorly at the debate?
And does Trump get sympathy if he gets ganged up on, by Rubio-Cruz-Kasich, not to mention Megyn Kelly?
These are all questions, because I’m not sure anyone can answer them before we witness it.
So Witness along with me tonight @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter!