Life is funny.
You write and write, and edit and write, and think and write, and pour over words and phrases all for your adoring(!) reading public.
Then you put up a suggestion of erotica posing as a license plate and you get your largest hit count on the website of the year (so far).
So on that note, I will personally purchase an alcoholic beverage at a licensed drinking establishment for the person who eventually gets this personalized license plate:
Now, back to the words…
Kicking off the season?
As expected, yesterday U.S. Senator Deb Fischer endorsed Don Bacon for the GOP nomination for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat.
On an appropriate day, Fischer noted Bacon’s military leadership as a Brigadier General.
“General Don Bacon’s 29 years of military leadership experience gives him a detailed understanding of our military and the terror threat facing our nation”, said Fischer. He’s a conservative who will work to balance the budget, provide tax relief and repeal Obamacare. With our nation facing serious challenges at home and abroad, Don Bacon’s leadership is needed in Washington.”
Bacon also served as a military advisor to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry.
With Bacon officially bringing in the big guns for the Primary, one would think this would truly start off the political season in Nebraska. Most of the politicking has been door to door and person to person to this point.
No word yet as to when Bacon — or Chip Maxwell — will take to the airwaves. Not for nothin’, they could both be working on a Free Media workaround to put up web videos that are pretty much free, and still hit the voting audience.
We will see.
For Lee before she was Against him
The Douglas County Republican Party held a candidate forum last night.
One of the speakers, Patrick Borchers, Unicameral candidate for the 39th West ) / Elkhorn district, made an interesting pitch.
He noted that while he wants to win the 39th, his higher priority is to see a Republican win in the above-referenced 2nd District Congressional seat:
“I never have, and am not currently, and never will support Brad Ashford,” Borchers said.
That would be a not-so-subtle dig at his “GOP” opponent Lou Ann Linehan who somewhat infamously supported Brad Ashford over Lee Terry in 2014, and then gave money to Ashford for the 2016 campaign as well.
Linehan had a surrogate speak who argued that Linehan actually had supported Terry — apparently when he ran for City Council 25 years ago.
That race should be an interesting one — especially with an eye that Linehan is generally supported by Governor Pete Ricketts’ top-advisor Jessica Moenning. The primary numbers in this one will be ones to watch.
Early and often!
For the conspiracy theorists among you, notice this story from a Utah GOP caucus-goer. The person notes:
We were told to mark our vote and place our ballot in a tin can. They then asked for a volunteer to hold the can. At this point, most people filed out the door.
I cast ONE vote, then stuck around to see what would happen with the votes.
About 15 minutes later, with only about 10 or so people milling around, someone walks in the room with an envelopes STUFFED full of “absentee” ballots – some envelopes having 2-5+ ballots.
I raised a question and said, “isn’t there an absentee process already in place? Didn’t people have to register for that last week?” and was told “Oh no, this is completely normal”.
From the earlier polling, I would bet that it was unlikely that Trump would win Utah.
But…Utah was a “Winner-Take-Most” system, where it is only winner-take-ALL if one candidate gets over 50%. And Ted Cruz got 69%. And Trump ended up getting none — where he could have received a proportional amount, had Cruz come in under 50%.
Now was there was ballot-stuffing going on? I dunno.
But, at the very least, we can agree that caucuses are a ridiculous method for selecting a President in the 21st Century.
You know what else is ridiculous?
Stop the madness and give yourself a win-win!