#DumpTrump Resort

Sea Island resort
Sea Island resort

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse joined an elite group of CEOs and Republican party leaders at an exclusive island resort off the Georgia coast in their quest to defeat Donald Trump.

Sasse joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and political guru Karl Rove among other politicians at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum at Sea Island.

CEOs included Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Larry Page, Napster’s Sean Parker, and Tesla’s Elon Musk.

According to one story on the meet…

Sources familiar with the meeting — who requested anonymity because the forum is off the record — said that much of the conversation around Trump centered on “how this happened, rather than how are we going to stop him,” as one person put it.

Sasse was recognized as the Senator who, “recently made news by saying he ‘cannot support Donald Trump.'”

I’m not saying this is exactly what Trump’s everyday-Joe supporters think of when they think of Establishment Elites getting together to plot the destruction of their candidate…

But this is EXACTLY what they think of.


Fort Retort

Governor Pete Ricketts said yesterday that he has not yet made up his mind on the Republican Presidential primary.

As noted in the previous post, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry told Leavenworth St. that while he likes Marco Rubio, he would not “do anything that would empower Hillary Clinton as President.

That would seem to indicate that Fortenberry would definitely not endorse a third-party candidate, and would probably endorse Trump if he were to win the nomination.

In the mean time, like Senator Deb Fischer, Fort acknowledges much of the populist anger behind Trump’s rise, but seems to be interested in seeing Rubio win.


HIT list

HIT taxHere is an interesting one:

Some local insurance companies are losing big dollars because of the consequences of ObamaCare. Because of this, more and more policy holders are seeing their premiums increase.

One onerous ObamaCare fee that has not yet been applied to premiums is the Health Insurance Tax. This is a $145 billion tax over ten years to pay for ObamaCare. At the end of 2015 both the House and the Senate voted to temporarily delay the implementation of the Health Insurance Tax until 2017. The bipartisan vote included 300 Republicans and 100 Democrats.

Last year the House and the Senate introduced a bill to permanently eliminate the Health Insurance Tax. Four of the five members of the Nebraska delegation, except Senator Sasse, co-sponsored this in their respective legislative body.

While Sasse campaigned as the ObamaCare Nemesis, he apparently will not support measures he considers “tinkering” with it. He wants all repeal or nothing.

As insurance premiums rise while ObamaCare still exists, hopefully the rest of the Nebraska delegation can put a stop to it.


Return of the Parking Lot Ninja

Remember the Parking Lot Ninja from last week?

That was the husband of former State Senator Amanda McGill — current District Director for Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford — who crashed GOP Congressional candidate Don Bacon’s campaign HQ party, and then began using his iPhone camera to to take pics and/or video of the people there.

Well, KETV’s Dave Roberts picked up the story and ran with it…all the way to Clayton Johnson’s driveway. See it here:



Roberts retells the story Leavenworth St. reported last week, but he also gets the bug-eyed Clayton Johnson (Mr. Amanda McGill) to wax on about how he was totally NOT spying when he was videoing strangers at Bacon’s office and then hiding amongst the cars in the parking lot.

Wait, bug-eyed?

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Of course, all I could think of while watching Clayton Johnson’s driveway interview, was the SNL sketch of Tom Brady’s presser when he got busted for Deflate-Gate:



“Dude, I TOTALLY wasn’t trespassing and acting creepy!”

As Dave Roberts notes, “weird” indeed.



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  1. Read the Federalist papers. It’s clear Madison, Hamilton and Jay were terrified of the sort of democratic pathology that is fueling Trump. This is, after all, why we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy. The GOP, for whatever stupid reason, decided to make the whole process democratic; more democratic than the Democrats, who aren’t afraid of Sanders because the game is rigged to elect the establishment candidate.

    Even so, it looks like Trump will get no more than a plurality of votes and delegates.

    What disturbs me is not that the elites abhor Trump. Of course they do; you may denigrate elites, but they’re usually at least sane. What disturbs me is that so many non-elite Americans have been caught up in this insanity.

    • Sparkles says:

      The answer to the question posed by Elon Musk, Tim Cook and others; How did Trump happen?…

      As reported in Steve Jobs’ biography, at a 2010 News Corp management retreat, Jobs told his friend, Rupert Murdoch:
      “You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.”

      Welcome to the future.

      • Sparkles says:

        #1) Your statement is ridiculous.

        #2) “political consequences” – do you mean consequences like the reflexive intransigence of the Tea Party, the malfeasance of the House ‘Freedom Caucus’, the greatest recession since the Great Depression, the inanity of 50+ failed votes to repeal Obamacare, “You Lie”, deliberately shutting down government, Steve Stockman, Louie Gohmert, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, 9-9-9, Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran’s Leaders, voter suppression, James Inhofe’s snowballs on the Senate floor, “Death Panels”, 1400 days of Benghazi-Bengahzi!, the exploitation of Ted Cruz and the buffoonery of Donald Trump?
        Those political consequences?

        You’re party, in conjunction with the right wing media entertainment complex, has spent two decades painstakingly crafting this deranged legion that has now attached itself to Donald Trump.
        Creating exactly the alternate reality required to nurture the destructive force of which Steve Jobs warned.

        RIP, GOP.

    • Republican Donor says:

      After Trump wins both winner-take-all states of Florida and Ohio, his odds will spike to a 93% chance of him having enough delegates to prevent a “contested convention”. As of right now, Trump leads both Ohio and Florida by double-digits.

      Trump has played by the rules as have his supporters. I look forward to casting my vote for Trump in Nebraska’s upcoming primary and again in November’s General Election.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s probably the most earned media coverage Ashford’s opponent has gotten to date. Ben Sasse still rhymes with gas. Wish he’d use as much to represent Nebraskans as opposed to his own self glory. How about another helping of pure ego? Go Ben Go!

    • Republican Donor says:

      Like most RINO’s, Ben appears to have no real ideological core…he is a glaring example of “Convenient Conservatism”

      • The Grundle King says:

        Wow RD, just wow. How you can type such words whilst providing such staunch support for a person like Donald Trump…it truly defies all logic.

  3. Anonymous says:

    But Sasse was just in the media over the weekend quoted as saying, “I’m not Establishment.” How can this be when he is hob-knobbing with Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell? Better tell the Draft Sasse astro-turf PR company that is capturing petition names. They will be shocked (or maybe they won’t be.)

  4. anon says:

    When hyper and flip Ben arrived in DC to build his Nebraska capitol he was promptly heeled by majority leader turtle- face, He saved him from the Kerry moment when R Byrd pulled up a chair and tied his shoe in debate to put him in his place. Ben capital now consists of building a corn-bred media whore out of a establishment Kardashian

  5. Chris Hansen says:

    Is it me or does Mr. Amanda McGill look like he just got caught on “To Catch a Predator”. Did Brad Ashford sanction this?

  6. cob says:

    A cabal of GOP elite and cronies plotting against Trump in a meeting on an island. Was that in Dr. No or Thunderball? GOP voters already want to skin the elite and roll them in salt.

    As for Obamacare, while Senator Sasse lets Obamacare ride, Romney has bragged it was Mitt himself who created the blueprint for Obamacare. They both are loud against Trump.

    These and others who most vehemently rage against Trump appear transformed.

    Megyn Kelly looks like an angry man. Ben Sasse behaves like a petulant woman. And Romney gave a speech calling the real estate mogul a bad businessman while simultaneously doing Eartha Kitt purring “Oooh, you should realllly appoint me at a brokered convention”. Creepy Mitt so unnerved the Koch brothers that they instantly gave Trump a green light by slamming their wallets shut so hard Bloomberg heard the bang, causing Mike to abort his plans for a presidential bid, which punched his main cheerleader Murdoch so hard it ruptured Rupert.

  7. The Grundle King says:

    The faux-shock on that guy’s face makes it all a little creepier.

    Yet, even he can’t hold a candle to the level of creep displayed by the resident Trumpkins. It’s quite apparent that their support is not rooted in devotion to an ideology, but rather in allegiance to an idol. Those who dare to question is greatness are labeled as lesser beings. Hey, maybe they should have to wear some sort of symbol on their sleeve so people can easily identify those who oppose Trump!

    It doesn’t appear to matter that he proposes things that are either illegal or impossible (hint: the sun will burn out before the USA gets Mexico to pay for a wall). In fact, I think the only thing less likely than getting Mexico to pay for a border wall would be for Trump supporters to use logic and reason.

    • Republican Donor says:

      Trump’s Wall between the U.S. and Mexico will be financed via Tariffs, Penalties for Mexican Currency Manipulation, and/or American Aide to Mexico. Yes, Mexico will indeed pay for that wall.

      • American aid (sp!) to Mexico is less than a billion a year, and a lot of it is for drug cartel suppression. That isn’t going to pay for your stupid wall. Tariffs will simply make everything more expensive for Americans. And exactly how are you going to exact ‘penalties’ for alleged Mexican currency manipulation?

      • Republican Donor says:


        I trust Trump and his team to levy appropriate penalties on Mexico for currency manipulation.

        NAFTA can be rescinded by Trump and Congress. If Congress doesn’t play ball, they’ll be voted out. Trump transcends political parties and will have the first true “mandate to lead” since Reagan.

      • bynd says:

        Gerard: Maybe Trump identifies as an Irainin leader. Sign a treaty, start breaking it before the ink dries. The Dems would eventually support such a confused person and pass a hate crime law in favor of him to stop all the abuse. Put him right up there with BLM. Compassionate, but misguided, group that they are.

  8. The Eye Ball says:

    This is a fake story and Rush Limbaugh mentioned. However, the AEI meeting is a typical conservative meeting. It is off the record because it is not a place for press announcement or interviews. The only reason it made any waves was because Karl Rove showed up. There was no discussion on how to stop Trump but obviously someone wants people to think that.

  9. With either Cruz or Rubio beating Trump one-on-one, and Rubio’s pretty bad night last night, it’s looking like he’s going to have to take one for the team. And Kasich needs to get out also, after Ohio.

    Too bad; Rubio matched up best against Clinton in the general.

    • Republican Donor says:

      Rubio would be like voting for a Paul Ryan or Ben Sasse. Nobody of substance would want people like this in the White House, which is why guys like that who run as Republicans will never get to the top.

      Trump has this nomination almost locked-up…next week seals the deal.

      • This is dumb even from you. Paul Ryan is a conservative and would be just fine in the White House. He’s far more conservative than your Daddy Trump.

        Trump isn’t close to the nomination, and he has no chance at all in the general election. He scores as a worse liar than Hillary Clinton; and loses by over 10 points in a head-to-head matchup.

      • Republican Donor says:


        Your entire comment is laced with ignorance. Trump will defeat Clinton by a wider margin than Reagan’s victory in 1984.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Your entire comment is laced with ignorance. Trump will defeat Clinton by a wider margin than Reagan’s victory in 1984.”

        The sad part is that there are people who actually believe this. For all of these supposed new Trump voters that are going to turn out in droves, there are several Republican voters who will either vote Democrat as the lesser of two idiots, or not vote at all.

    • Republican Donor says:

      Rubio simply isn’t electable. To say he had a real chance to defeat Clinton in the General Election shows your naivete.

  10. Lil Mac says:

    On March 8th, Rubio gained zero delegates, Cruz a potato, and Romney’s robo calls in Romney’s own home state handed Trump a double digit win. Trump is not responsible for opponent stupidity. Neither is Trump responsible for the GOP hierarchy being blind to the new online democracy that governs politics.

    RWP correctly points out that direct online “democracy” (social media) has invaded our representative republic. What he doesn’t mention is that online democracy won that war eight years ago. What Trump is doing today, Obama did in 2008 and 2012. Money doesn’t talk. Tweets do.

    Is this new world Orwellian? I suppose it must seem that way to GOP leaders who don’t know how Jeb Bush outspent Trump 5 to 1, yet lost. These same GOP leaders are meeting right now to ask each other why money isn’t buying voters like it used to. And they aren’t holding that meeting free online. They are physically traveling to an island as if this was the 1800s.

    The old triangle of power, money, and votes allowed the GOP to become a puppet master devoid of its own principles, which culminated in the RNC foisting onto Republican voters Mitt Romney, the progenitor of Obamacare, who “ran to the left of Ted Kennedy”.

    Dollars no longer automatically equal votes. Social media is the new system and tweets its currency.

    The GOP as puppet master is dying in its sleep. It will awaken, however, reborn as something it hasn’t been in a long time; a Republican Party that is a staunch, focused guardian of GOP principles.

    Partisan voters ache for this. They want an ethically principled party, a successful practical president, mature lawmakers, and courts that uphold the constitution. Instead, they suffer a lawmaking court, immature legislators, impractical presidents, and unprincipled party leaders. Trump is incidental to this. Many could do exactly what he is doing but they haven’t. They are still making wagon wheels.

  11. Republican Donor says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Ben Sasse won’t win his own Primary next election – Conservatives of substance are already hand-picking an adult to fill that seat. Sasse has been a total disaster as a Senator; I for one look forward to voting against him in the next Primary.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sasse doing a clownish lagomorphic version of Chuck Hagel seems uselessly inane. He may be doing something self serving under the radar but it is hard to see what it is.

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