Yes, yes they do.
They sucked for Iowa, they sucked for Kansas and the sucked for the Nebraska Democrats as well.
Why? Here is note from a friend who wanted to vote in the Republican caucuses in Kansas:
“Voting started at 10am. Well, it wasn’t clear what time actual voting started, because there were speeches first. I had an 11am appointment with my kids. I would have handed that off to my husband, but he was out of town. And he did not get to vote at all because there was no absentee or early voting.
So I figured I would vote after my appointment, at noon. But I had another commitment at 1pm that I could not miss. But I wasn’t worried because the Marco Rubio sign that I had [above], noted that the whole process only “takes 20 minutes.” Shouldn’t be a problem, I thought.
When I arrived at the distant polling place [there were only 9 places to vote in the largest county in the state] the line out the door was a hundred yards long. A state Rep standing around said it would take about an hour to get to the door, and that was just to check in.
The Rep said that if you were pre-checked in, you could move on up. But the pre-check ended on Thursday. And you probably only knew about it if you had gone to the county party website before then. It wasn’t available if you only looked at the state party site.
I was not able at that point to stand in line for an hour. And the polls closed at 2pm, an hour and a half before I got out of my afternoon commitment.
I suppose I should have skipped my earlier appointment, so shame on me. But is a four hour window on Saturday really the only way to vote for President of the United States?
So, long story short, Marco didn’t get my vote.
I guess my lone vote didn’t make a difference.
But I wonder how many hundreds (thousands?) of others had the same experience.”
Nebraska Democrats Hate to Caucus Too
Oh, but the ATTENTION, the Nebraska Democrats gleefully exclaim!
Bernie and Bill and Chelsea came and lavished us with attention!
And the excitement!
Here are a few numbers to think about:
Registered Democrats in Nebraska (from 2014).
Votes Barack Obama got in Nebraska, losing to Mitt Romney in Nebraska in the 2012 General Election.
Democrats voted in the 2004 Nebraska Democrat primary — the last regular primary Nebraska Democrats had.
Votes for 2004 winner, John Kerry.
Votes for all of the rest of the 2004 Democrat primary losers combined.
Now, the Saturday Democrat caucus totals:
Votes for the winner, Bernie Sanders.
Total Democrat caucus voters.
Take a look at those numbers.
Bernie Sanders received fewer votes on Saturday than the LOSERS back in 2004.
The total number of voters was barely half of the total votes that Kerry got in 2004.
Yet, this is seen as some sort of victory for Democracy?
And don’t even get me started on the fact that the Democrats didn’t vote by secret ballot (same as in Iowa).
Now some may say that this only brings out your hard-core voters. The ones that REALLY want to vote. Hmm. Maybe.
The LJS declares, “Many Nebraska Democrats PREFER caucuses“. Funny but they didn’t seem to ask the 330,000 Democrats who didn’t show.
Some argue we should make it as easy as possible to vote — same day registration, no ID, vote online. But those things are generally looked down upon because of issues of fraud — not because they encourage voting.
Making it difficult to vote — almost a trick to vote, for some people — is not the goal of democracy.
“Um…I mean I HATE Hillary! Yeah, that’s it!”
On that note, Ted Cruz pulled out a healthy victory in Kansas, when Donald Trump was the clear favorite in the polls just days earlier.
No doubt the debates made a difference.
But, I also wonder how much the caucus voting schedule kept away the maybe less-intense Trump voter and favored the hard-core, and well organized, Cruz voters.
And then, Sanders in Nebraska?
Again, sure the caucus-goers were feeling the Bern. But there was one UNL caucus where Sanders won 195 to 0.
Hillary, the presumed Democrat Presidential nominee got ZERO!
Then again, since there was no secret ballot, how would you have liked to be the one co-ed at the party that night who stood alone for Hillary?
“Oh sorry, the room is a little fully right now. Maybe you can go down the street to the bingo-parlor to find some like-minded people.”
Kay Orr: #NEVERTRUMP
Former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr wrote an Op-Ed yesterday declaring herself among the #NeverTrump crowd, in that she will NOT support Donald Trump if he is the eventual GOP nominee.
On nearly every major issue of our day — defending the unborn, the Second Amendment, and government-run health care — Trump has taken positions not only out of the mainstream of our party, but in direct contradiction to our party’s values and platform.
With Trump as the nominee, we risk undoing the work of generations of conservatives who have championed the ideas and policies that are the backbone of the Republican Party.
She did not mention whether she would support a third-party candidate if Trump wins, as Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said he would.
The #NeverTrump brigade is certainly growing — at least as a campaign tactic, in any case. For instance, you can find a variety of “#NeverTrump gear at MarcoRubio.com:
But it should be noted that at the last debate, Rubio declared that he WOULD support Trump if he is the eventual nominee. So maybe he’s just selling the hashtagged gear, but wouldn’t actually wear that hat.
For Kay Orr, one note on her Op-Ed. She wrote…
“…projections show that Trump is unlikely to clinch the nomination until after Nebraskan Republicans vote.”
Er…Trump won’t get the nom UNTIL AFTER the Nebraska vote?
But, he WILL still get it then?
Maybe that was meant to be written differently…
Dark Money for ME, but not for THEE
And then there is Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford…
Brad apparently went to the Democrat caucuses on Saturday — and it isn’t clear whether he voted for Jeb Bush or for John Kasich. (He has declared his like for both of them, see.)
But Brad also declared that he wants to GET RID OF PAC MONEY in politics!
He feels so strongly about the “Dark Money” in politics, that he posted a very clear pictogram to show just what he means!
Here you go!
..there are two people connected by the wrist…maybe they are Siamese Twins…or maybe they just have very long cuffs on their shirts so we can’t see their hands…
It is clear that one of them is behind a counter. Possibly a bank teller.
And the other one is so upset about Dark Money that he is peeing down his leg!
To show that he is against peeing on bags of Dark Money, will Ashford decline the evil cash bags in 2016?
Or will he CONTINUE to sit on the other side of that counter?
Only a week away from Über Tuesday, when the deal REALLY goes down.
The winner-take-all states will give a serious boost to someone.
Can Marco stay alive in his home state?
Can Trump create an insurmountable lead?
Can Cruz be the “establishment” savior?
If possible, things are likely to get even weirder.