Safety first

Let’s ease into the weekend with a little Separated at Birth suggested by a long-time reader:

DOA Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and former State Senator, Steve Lathrop!

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Whew, what a week!

Uber Tuesday.
Trump and Cruz (and Kasich).
St. Paddy’s Day.
Ongoing March Madness.
Open convention talk.
Busted brackets.
Sasse for President.

Wait, what was that last one?

Yes, the talk still continues.
Apparently a large-ish group of conservatives gathered in Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss How Do You Solve a Problem Like The Donald?

And their answer? Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.

Well, the question, apparently, was “Who could we get to run as a third-party candidate?”

But Sasse has said no-way to such a scenario, and this suggestion wouldn’t seem to change that at all. Especially as it seems they are just spitballing names. And such a name would likely be a sacrificial lamb on the order of Merrick Garland.

Now let’s not be crazy though: If someone offered Ben Sasse the gig as President — maybe as a 6th-ballot candidate at an open convention — there’s no way he’d turn it down, no matter what denials he’s putting up now. I don’t know who would turn that down.

But that is very different than running as a 3rd-party candidate almost certainly doomed to failure.

In the mean time there is certainty that Trump will secure the nomination.
Or that it is absolutely going to an open convention.
Unless Cruz runs the table and gets the nom.

 

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80 comments

  1. The Dead Zone says:

    Is it just me or does Ben Sasse remind me of Martin Sheen’s character in The Dead Zone, Greg Stillson who goes on to be president and causes Armageddon because “God” tells him too?

    • Sparkles says:

      Stillson.. good one.

      If you really listen to what Sasse is preaching, he’s sounds a lot like Sarah Palin with a pocket constitution and a grammar checker.

      On closer examination, that whole confab in DC seems magnificently overblown.
      The names so far leaked from the ‘super secret’ list of attendees, is.. farcical.
      Trent Franks, uber Tea Party, theocrat, science denying, birther, Obama’s a ‘secret muslim’, anti-gay and virulently anti-abortion. (you say “tomato” he says “abortion”)
      Michael Farris = Trent Franks with a law degree. Father of 10, founder of Home School Legal Defense Association, Agenda 21 conspiracy theory nutter.
      Erick Erickson = nuff said.

      A gaggle o’ loons.
      (but exactly the type of people who seem most attracted to Sasse Baron’s theology drenched, ‘originalist’, ‘constitutional conservative’ schtick.)

      Franks was quoted leaving the nutters confab:
      “It’s certainly not too late.. ..You could get another party on the ballot.. ..It would have to be a movement conservative.”

      Someone needs to break the news to people like Mr. Franks, Mr. Farris and Erickson.
      The problem facing the GOP, and reason for the rise of someone like Trump, is that ‘conservatives’ like Franks, Farris and Erickson have for too long been taking their ‘movement’ all over the party.

    • taxpayer says:

      He reminds me of Paul Ryan and Marco Foamio.

      What is it with these 40-something Napoleon complex Senators thinking that although they’ve accomplished absolutely nothing professionally they are suddenly qualified to be CEO of the most powerful nation of earth? Gimme’ a break.

      Day by day, I become more and more convinced that Trump is a gift from God to the USA (and the world).

    • Yes another flattering portrayal of Sasse this week, this time in The Atlantic.
      Google “Ben Sasse’s Lonely Stand Against Trump”

      Biggest rockstar we’ve had in quite a while.

      • Jake says:

        The Atlantic? That’s required reading for Libtards…not surprised at all to learn that you are a subscriber.

      • FWIW, I’m not a subscriber to the Atlantic. Only a complete idiot Trumpkin (butt I repeat myself) could confuse reading a free article with a subscription.

        Maybe if you occasionally read what the other side thinks you might not be so confused. Hint; much of what they believe Trump also believes.

  2. vet says:

    Sasse as an appointed nominee. A Pepperdine Law Professor today suggests State Legislatures simply pick party nominees as Electoral College. It os all about telling voters. screw you.

    This is how Nazis and Soviets are “elected”.

    I spent most of my professional life literally killing people because my government said those people’s own government didn’t allow them to vote for whoever they wanted. Frankly, I’d have felt better risking my life in battle for sake of bringing my own country resources, safety, etc. But Uncle Sam was adamant that I fight other countries that didn’t allow their own people to vote.

    Today USA office holders, GOP and Democrat parties, and US law professors are telling me that voting in the USA is wrong if I choose to vote for someone they don’t’ like.

    • We are a constitutional repupublic, not a democracy. I’m reliably assured they used to teach this is school.

      Thanks for your service, but I’d rather you had been told you were fighting for freedom, rather than democracy. I actually don’t care about the governing structure, as long as it leaves people alone.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, At the time the Constitution a distinction between a republic and a democracy was possible though republic seemed to mean good democracy, constitutional democracy. Both because of change in usage and amendments to the Constitution democracy inso longer a bad word, and civic republicanism is a political philosophy adopted by among others POTUS. Perhaps we could settle on constitutional democracy, because of security of property, freedom of religion, and independent judiciary, and respect for minority rights. Tiger Mom’s book is the classic on the evils of unlimited democracy, a lesson relearned in Middle East.A bit pedantic I know, but I think accurate.

      • taxpayer says:

        We are Kleptocracy and/or an Oligarchy, but no longer a Constitutional Republic…only a myopic fool would disagree.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Taxpayer, Kleptocracy, I doubt it, Oligarchy maybe, but that is pretty close to what the Founders and particularly those who became Federalists intended. How that is inconsistent with a Constitutional Republic needs explanation. What you seem to mean is people disagree with you. Sorry.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Vet says, why take one law prof that seriously, what he suggests maybe permissible, but idea would be to prevent an Electoral College majority and vote by the House with each state having one vote. That is mostly a reminder that a Presidential election is never truly a popular election, and of course electors are not bound to follow state results.

    • Sparkles says:

      vet,

      Thank you for your service.

      Many are of the opinion it was not “Uncle Sam”, who sent you off to war.
      And a solid case can, and has been made, that the reason for your service was not “that I fight other countries that didn’t allow their own people to vote.”

      Those most recent signatures on your deployment papers were much more likely those of Uncle Hali and Aunt Burton.
      A deployment for a battle (in my best Sesame Street imitation); ‘brought to you by the letters P, N, A and C’.

      And neither Hali, Burton nor PNAC give a rat’s #$$ about the voting rights of foreigners.

      Quarterly Statements, Oil and Hegemony, in varying hierarchical order, depending on the audience.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Sparkles while I agree with your assessment, I must also take issue with vet’s other declaration: “I’d have felt better risking my life in battle for sake of bringing my own country resources, safety, etc.”

        To vet I say “no thanks!” Please don’t risk your life by the ‘taking’ of resources, safety, etc. I prefer that you facilitate trade and negotiation as preferable to warfare. And for all you vets out there who insist that you are fighting for my ‘freedom,’ I say “no thanks!” Last I heard you have taken on a volunteer job and you are paid for that service. Your work conditions are crappy and your pay is low, but your choice has nothing to do with my ‘freedom.’ Maybe if so many of you wouldn’t ‘volunteer,’ we wouldn’t have so much war!

        Now I know that this statement will rankle some ’cause we’re supposed to be saying “thank-you for your service.” But your ‘service’ costs a bundle and seems to only ferment more warfare…

      • Sparkles says:

        Annie,

        I agree with your assessment. All counts.
        It is in deference to the conscripted men of the Vietnam era that I still feel compelled to extend the heartfelt, ‘thank you for your service’.
        But, it should be pointed out, it was December 1972 in which the last young American men were conscripted. Newly minted ‘men’, only 20 years old, born in 1952 and reporting for duty in June of 1973.
        (It’s possible, even likely, there would have been no ‘duty’ to which report in June of 1973, the Vietnam War having ended years prior, were it not for Dastardly Dick Nixon’s machinations aimed at scuttling the Paris Peace Talks in order to extend the war for personal political gain – google: Anna Chennault treason)

        It should also be noted, the last Vietnam-era drafted soldier retired from the army in November 10, 2014 after a 42-year career.
        Not a single soldier now serves our nation who hasn’t voluntary chosen military service.

        And I, as you, find it repulsive that any American would voluntarily take up arms for the purpose of the taking of “resources”. And I find it abhorrent that they would do so under the guise of ‘spreading freedom’.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Well yes of course, conscripted men (or now women) is a different issue altogether.
        Thank-you for reminding us of the reverence they are due. Problem is: the few I knew well enough and cared so much about (late 60’s and early 70’s) are either dead or too damaged to assume the life they dreamed… Can’t really thank them.

  3. Key 'n Trumpets says:

    I too have gone in harm’s way for Uncle Sam. It too thought my risk was sake of democracy and voting. All this anti-voter nonsense today seems surreal.

    Trump is worming the elephant, perhaps the jackass too, and the ass worms are screaming.

  4. Sparkles says:

    Accounting for the Trump / Cruz effect, Cook Political Report just moved 10 House races to ‘Dem Favor’.
    According to Cook analyst David Wasserman: “So many assumptions have been wrong this cycle that it’s difficult to be definitive about another: that the House majority won’t be in play in 2016,”

    Imagine in the course of 24 hours, POTUS, Senate and House, all going D.
    Guns, ammo, surplus military tactical gear, portable generators and survival seeds would, overnight, disappear from every store shelf in America.
    Screams of “tyranny” would emanate from every Cracker Barrel and Chick-fil-A dotting the landscape.
    Cries of ‘Secession!’ would boil up from the south in deafening waves not witnessed since Jefferson Davis stepped forth to proclaim:
    “The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came”

    • anon says:

      That’s a vivid a tale as your history of the Vietnam war, which Nixon moved to a end or God knows how much longer it would have went on

      • Sparkles says:

        Anon,
        Re your statement: “That’s a vivid a tale as your history of the Vietnam war,..”

        It’s a tale President Johnson did not find ‘vivid’, but one that certainly made him livid.

        LBJ believed it, he’s on tape declaring so. He went so far as to call it “treason”.

        The LBJ tapes are readily available for all (including yourself) to listen to, on Youtube.
        It was in a conversation with Sen. Everett Dirksen, on Nov 2, 1968 where he discusses Nixon’s skullduggery.
        The exact quote from President Johnson is:
        “They ougn’t be doin’ this, this is treason.”

        LBJ was reluctant to go public, but stated his intention to do so if Dirksen couldn’t convince Nixon and his cohorts to put end to it. His voice and temper elevating, LBJ said –
        “I know this; they’re contacting a foreign power in the middle of a war, and it’s damn bad mistake.. ..I think it would shock America”

        Contacting a foreign power at the most highly sensitive moment of intense negotiations.
        Imagine that (cough-cough-COTTON-cough-cough-WTF!!)

        By the way you also state:
        “the Vietnam war, which Nixon moved to a end or God knows how much longer it would have went on,”

        Nixon served from Jan 1969 until being shown the door in August of ’74.
        The Vietnam war ended on April 30, 1975, during the tenure of Gerard R. Ford.
        Nixon ended the Vietnam war in the same fashion Reagan freed the Iranian hostages.

      • anon says:

        Nixon started bringing home soldiers right away, then unleashed the military,(the mad bomber)and had them to their knees till the hippies went nuts. Much like your buddy Obama lessened the risk for McCainism(boots on the ground, boots on the ground)therefore disengaging, no matter it was finally done. If it would have been Humphrey his thumb would have been up his rear and further destroyed the Army and Marines. Now they, and the volunteer military(globalist police, handcuffed like the police)are getting hosed again with the shithole VA political management

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles:

        Must be convenient to forget how Kennedy and Tunney not only went behind Reagan’s back to Russia, but also Carter’s. Just as Carter went behind Reagan’s back to Russia also. And how many times has Carter poked his nose in after leaving the presidency in an inappropriate way. More times than he did in a helpful way. How quickly some forget or purposefully leave out the shenanigans of both sides. But then if you didn’t, it wouldn’t be you.

      • Sparkles fails to mention (because it’s inconvenient) that the US had almost completely disengaged from Vietnam well prior to 1975. We wouldn’t even resupply the South Vietnamese government.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If Sasse was serious about not running or accepting a nomination to be President then he should tell the professional campaign consultants behind the Draft Sasse website to take it down. Or our crackerjack Nebraska media, instead of just taking him at his word that he has no interest because he has “three little kids” could just raise the issue of why a Draft Sasse website is needed then. BTW, can Ben stop with the “three little kids” phraseology? The older two have to be in Jr. High and HS by now. Last time I checked that doesn’t constitute “little.”

  6. Governry Thugery says:

    Was down at the court house today and it looks like Pete Ricketts thugs are interfering with the petition initiatives going on. What ever happened to the people being Nebraska’s 2nd house?

  7. vet says:

    I fought Communists and Islamists. They have much in common, both hate democracy.

    Last May, before Kasich and Trump were even in the race, the Communist Party pinned its hopes on Democrats/Sanders. The most murderous ideology on earth, Communism, is today delighted with the Democratic Party, while the GOP today focuses on stopping GOP voters from voting.

    “Whether Clinton can assemble a winning coalition or her campaign is mortally wounded by controversy remains to be seen. So far it looks like the email issue is not a big deal among voters according to polls. Sen. BERNIE SANDERS, will energize the primaries and debates and will influence what is talked about… His candidacy can activate many who are disillusioned or those who desire a stronger anti-Wall Street voice. What a great thing a self-described democratic socialist is running. It means more progressive and even radical proposals will get discussed among millions including Medicare for all, Wall Street regulation, opposition to TPP and TTIP, taxing the rich and wealth redistribution, labor law reform, rising incomes for workers, expanding Social Security, developing a peaceful foreign policy and cutting the military budget and American style Socialism. Sanders will talk about things Clinton can’t or won’t speak about.” — John Bachtell, Chairman Communist Party USA; May 6, 2015.

    GOP leaders are more worried about Conservative Reagan Democrats crossing over to vote for Donald Trump than they are that Communist Party members are voting for Democrat Sanders.

  8. City of Blair says:

    It looks like the Osborn and McLeay campaigns were right about Sasse lying about Dana College. A year after he is elected the project goes Poof!

  9. bynd says:

    Ever notice that Barack and his war are very similar to Bush and his wars?

    And since he is leaving it for the next pres. is HRC really the most qualified to handle such a situation? Although it would be sweet justice that she would have to handle the mess with Iran and North Korea. But we have seen how unqualified she is to handle such violent situations.

    Thousands will be killed, but what will it matter? To her, not much.

    So why aren’t the libs as upset over Barack’s war as they were over Bush’s?

    Isn’t Sparkles the name some one would use if they were a circus clown?

  10. Lil Mac says:

    Regardless of the party, party leaders don’t view their own donors and voters as the leaders’ equals. Donors are stroked and voters ignored by elites who demand that only the elite determine right policy and right politicians.

    In the GOP’s case, the RNC elite are being led by the true father of Obamacare, Mitt Romney; a bitter hypocrisy not lost on millions of disgusted 2016 GOP voters.

    America’s libertarians and conservatives have long suspected the RNC’s core is as big-government as the DNC’s. After all, Abe Lincoln created our big-federal bureaucracy, turning the United STATES into a UNITED States. The liberal GOP has since donned a semblance of conservatism, while the once agrarian DNC evolved to gain urban votes and share wealth like a gambling addict with a credit card. Yet as party elites, the elite are always more the same as elites than they are different as partisans.

    A TWO PARTY SYSTEM should be different viewpoints from which to consider all possible solutions to problems. All possible solutions. Our two party system however is a dysfunctional “either or” mindset in which each party presents one elite-chosen solution, and each’s goal is to defeat the other’s elite-chosen solution. Little time is spent exploring solutions and alternate possibilities’; much effort is wasted pushing a solution the party elite may pull out of thin air.

    As things are today, neither party is based on Solutionism, i.e. a blunt look at all possible solutions, which necessarily cross party lines and violates social PC that amounts to institutionalized lying.

  11. bynd says:

    The “first” American has died in Obama’s war. The Utah “we hate hate” group got violent with hate. Surprise surprise. We see that here a lot.

    Finally, “No man has a right in America to treat any other man tolerantly, for tolerance is the assumption of superiority”. Wendell Willkie

    Explains a lot about libs and Dems. Repubs don’t even tolerate Repubs.

  12. GR says:

    Once upon a time, Republican party bosses didn’t tolerate Reagan.

    I today received a fundraising letter from the NE GOP invoking the name “Reagan” 14 times. We all know the GOP mythology applauding Conservative Icon Ronald Reagan. But here’s the rest.

    (a) Reagan’s Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 was the largest tax hike in modern history, he raised taxes again in 1983 and 1986 on capital gains and corporations, GOP heresy. Sure he was overall for lower taxes but some of that was slight of hand. He made deals.
    (b) Reagan tripled the national debt from $900 billion to $2.6 trillion.
    (c) During his incumbency the federal work force grew from 324,000 to 5.3 million employees.
    (d) While Gov of CA, he signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act legalized abortion in Calif.
    (e) Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million illegal Mexican invaders in a bill stripped of its enforcement mechanisms, making Reagan wildly unsuccessful in reforming immigration.

    Nebraska has Sen. Sasse and the Ricketts family doing their best to stop Trump because they say Trump is not like Reagan, the 33 year Democrat spokesman turned Republican to run for office.

    Trump today is bringing in Reagan Democrats, some far more conservative than GOP Romney. The DNC is terrified of Trump only. Yet Republican leaders also try to stop Trump. They replaced older GOP leaders who mocked Reagan a “Chimpy”, “Bonzo”, “Senile”, “Ray-Guns” etc.

    Trump’s policies, if anything, are more Republican than Reagan’s were. But then again, Republican bosses today have forgotten how much they once hated Reagan’s guts.

    • It amuses me someone like GR can pull a list of made-up-on-the-spot factoids out of somewhere dark and stinky, and expect not to be proven a damn liar.

      Google

      Total Government Employment Since 1962

      The actual numbers are on the Office of Personnel Management website. There you’ll find total federal workforce grew from 4.9 m to 5.2 m from 1981 to 1989, and that by far the largest part of the (small) increase was composed of uniformed military personnel.

  13. New York Times, based on interviews of the participants in last week’s nevertrump policy meeting, says the GOP will conduct a scorched earth campaign to deny Trump delegates until June, and then, should he still prevail at the convention, e.g. by having his zombie army of meth-addled Trumpkins intimidate the delegates, they will mount a third-party run.

  14. GR says:

    Thank you Gerard “Goebbels” Harbison for your eagerness to see GOP leaders scorch the earth with the corpses of GOP Trump voters. Your Irish love of Adolph is showing in your rhetoric.

    Both GOP and Democrat establishments, and their former and current Presidents, more closely mirror Hitler’s policies than does Trump.

    Hitler invaded other countries, enslaved neighboring peoples, cancelled voting, cancelled free speech, co-oped business (fascism), nationalized education (socialism), and eliminated critics.

    Trump’s policies are opposite; they prevent other countries’ people from invading the USA, return border invaders to their home, he seeks votes today in an election, invites free speech dialog and demands none be gagged, seeks less regulation of internal business by government, would localize education, and endures the most criticism ever seen in political history.

    For comparison: Bush invaded and Obama mismanaged Iraq resulting in Islamic State, Romney suggests cancelling every GOP voters’ vote in a brokered convention, Democrat rally thugs and various GOP pundits demand revoking Trump’s free speech, Romneycare and Obamacare both co-opt business (fascism), GOP and Democrat Presidents supported nationalized control of education, and they all criticize Trump for doing what voters respect most about Trump, i.e. boldly telling uncomfortable truths.

    Hitler sold lies as Propaganda. Our politicians sell lies as Political Correctness. Trump is like a PC antidote to these cancers and the cancers object to being cured. That figures.

    • I am seeing more and more every day that there are many more like “us” than like “him” — politically speaking, this Trump Movement is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. His message of “Americans First” is resonating with anyone who is fed-up with the status quo in DC.

      • Sparkles says:

        This “Trump Movement” you praise, reminds me of camping as a kid.

        Often Bluestem or Pawnee State Recreation areas outside of Lincoln.
        Back in the day (late 60’s & 70’s) the NE Game and Parks crew were terrible about cleaning and maintaining those plywood outhouses, with their tiny 3″ x 5″ aluminum vents, emitting a heady mix of fumes wafting for 20, 30 yards or more across the campground.
        A sizzling summer day, thermometer cracking 100 degrees, the sun relentlessly hammering down on that closed-in, ventilation starved box. It was a fretful race to ‘get er done’ before the lightheadedness turned to a comatose state from which you were likely not to escape unless a passerby happened to hear the ‘thump’ of your body as it hit the toxic plywood floor.

        Yep.
        It’s that transitional state, from lightheadedness to comatose, that pretty well sums up my take on the Trump Movement.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles:

        So you went camping to find a 5 star place to relieve yourself. Your expectations certainly didn’t match your choice on where to fulfill them. Much like those you now support.

        With “man”, you will always be disappointed.

    • Gerard Harbison says:

      Nazi reference. You lose. But I imagine you’re familiar with losing.

      I imagine the OxyContin overdose rate will spike once y’all see your orange boy flushed down Hillary’s toilet.

  15. bynd says:

    Sparkles,

    I can’t quite understand your glee over the demise of the Republican party. For after it’s demise, eventually a party will rise that surpasses not only them but the Dems also. Relegating the Dems to the same heap of bile the Republicans went to because they are to arrogant to change appropriately.

    You have what you believe is a beatable opponent yet you wish them to be gone. How illogical is that?

    Or are always trying to justify your party switching whoreish ways. But such is the insanity of politics and the partisans who make it what it is today. Ignorance against stupidity and they all lose. But they are to ignorant and stupid to realize it.

    You doth protest to much I believe:)

      • Sparkles says:

        Re:
        “experiencing an exciting and rapid rebirth into something “

        Yea, kind of like the alien rebirths in that great sci-fi remake of The Thing, starring Kurt Russell and Wilford Brimley.

    • Sparkles says:

      Re;
      “But they are to ignorant and stupid..

      bynd, please tell me you’re not that protester dude in that semi-famous picture, sporting the blue do-rag and holding up the sign:
      “Get a Brain – Morans!”

  16. Anonymous says:

    GR, DTFP, Bynd, etc., you are 100% right. But you cannot open the eyes of those bent on being blind.

    The nature of PC can so entirely subvert reason that ultra-leftwing Democrat Sparkles and ultra-rightwing Libertarian Republican Professor are reduced to a joint mirror agony of references to outhouses, zombies, drugs and spell-checking; all those things angry children blurt out when kept from their addictions. In the case of these Trump haters’ addiction, the standard PC masturbations of DC status quo politics. And that blindness is nearly total. Supposedly polar opposites, these two here are so addicted that it doesn’t dawn on them why they are in concert against Trump. Good luck explaining truth to those who like being habituated to lying.

  17. Macdaddy says:

    So coming back to Nebraska, the Buffett World Herald has a shocking article about Ernie Chambers holding the at-risk family and children of Nebraska hostage by trying to bully the court system into doing what he wants. What he wants is for a judge to quit because he doesn’t like her. What he wants, apparently, is for more cops to get shot and more of his constituents to shoot each other and, generally, remain as slaves forever dependent on the government. To the gutless wonders that are our state Senators: it’s time that you take El Douche Chambers out and flush him like he deserves.

    This is easily the worst Unicam ever to to be elected.

    • You get what you pay for. says:

      You might be right Macdaddy. This Legislature could rank as one of the worst of all time.

      There’s a good reason things have gotten this bad – Term Limits!

      We now have the smallest, least experienced legislature in the nation. Half the members don’t know Shit – because they haven’t been around long enough to know what’s going on. The other half don’t give a shit – because they’re not going to be around long enough to get anything done.

      The number one objective of the people who pushed for term limits was to get rid of Ernie Chambers. Now Ernie is back in the Unicameral, and is leading a pack of uninformed fools around by the nose.

      Anyone who watches the Legislature realizes that the Lobbyists are directing the votes of all of the Senators who don’t have a clue. Texas Annie frequently complains about the way the corporations managed to manipulate the system when she lived in Nebraska. Things have gotten a lot worse since she left the state. Every session they give more millions in tax dollars to corporations and force average Nebraskans to pay the bill for it in the form of higher property taxes.

      • Anon says:

        There is a heavy majority in the legislature and many senators with good resume’s. Ernie has been there most of his life and runs the place very successfully for the minority. You have Dr.s, and Educators and most important lawyers, and they have B Krist. People voted them in, it’s our fault. Term limits isn’t the problem, next you will say they need a raise

      • Macdaddy says:

        You talking to me? I thought the OWH did have the whole story: a Nebraska state legislator is trying the mess with the independence of our judicial system by explicitly holding hostage the most vulnerable of our society. To me it sounds like extortion. Did I miss something?

  18. Anonymous says:

    10:26: Term limits is a huge part of the problem. What model did our State use when passing term limits because it’s a huge fail. There should never be an opportunity for a Senator to sit out four years and run again, as Chambers has and will again. He may be 77 but he will probably be there when he’s 90. There is no accountability to their constituents once they get to their second four year term and then everything you expected them to do is out the door. It’s like you only get the first four years of their term to hold their feet to the fire and then they thumb their noses at everyone except the entity or industry that is most likely to provide a well paying job when it’s all over. I wish there was a way to repeal term limits for the Legislature alone but the voting public has no idea what it has done to the Institution and would never get rid of it. Everyone knee jerks and thinks term limits is the solution. I never voted for it.

    • bynd says:

      It never was about the state senators. Real power in the legislature is held by the civilians who have been “advisers” to a committee since dirt was dust. No knowledge or expertise was lost with term limits. Because the real power, knowledge and direction are controlled by a bunch of never elected bureaucrats.

  19. Macdaddy says:

    Term limits or not, the Unicameral is letting Ernie Chambers get away with it. They need to grow a spine, grow a brain, and realize that they need to up their game to completely marginalize him. Make it so it’s not worth his time or money to drive to Lincoln from Bellevue or Council Bluffs or wherever the hell he’s living. Instead, we have people who are scared they will be called racists and so they refuse to do the right thing. That’s the bottom line.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Exhibit A: Dave Bloomfield, conservative, yields time to Chambers this morning to continue with a mini-filibuster. Bloomfield likes to do this and has done it on multiple occasions before. But the bulk of his conciliatory actions towards Chambers came in his SECOND four year term, not his first four years. Do you suppose Sen. Bloomfield’s constituents have a clue that he gives an assist to Sen. Chambers to continue filibusters? Do you suppose had he been doing it on a regular basis prior to running for re-election and his constituents knew about it that they would be inclined to send him back?

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