Reactions to State Senator Ernie Chambers are almost always more interesting that what he actually said.
And of course, you know that he just looooooooves that. Like Donald Trump, his day is made with the knowledge that people are talking about him. Doesn’t matter if they’re praising or cursing — just that his name is part of the conversation.
In any case, just for the record, the Omaha World-Herald’s editorial department is still silent on this Good Friday regarding Chambers’ statement on the floor of the state’s Legislature.
Unlike when State Senator Bill Kintner put, on Facebook, an image of ISIS killing someone. Kintner’s pic went up on a Wednesday, the OWH reported on it on Thursday, and wrote a tersely worded editorial on Friday.
Again, for the record, Chambers took to the floor of the Unicameral with his scenario of “mowing down” his fellow Senators with a semi-automatic rifle on Wednesday.
Now on Friday, the OWH editorialists took the very brave stance of criticizing the Westboro Baptist Church.
Looking forward to their next brave stance in support of National Puppy Day.
Credit should be given to Speaker Galen Hadley for eventually standing up to Chambers. The fact that he said nothing immediately after Chambers spoke can probably be excused, as sometimes in the heat of the moment, it isn’t clear what was said, etc.
It is unknown if that was the case with Hadley, or what his thoughts were at the time. But it is good that he spoke out yesterday.
And then the rest of the Legislature applauded — which is almost worthless. They also applauded after Hadley excoriated Senator Kintner for writing an Op-Ed for his local paper suggesting that the Legislature won’t try new things.
Thennnnn, the OWH reports that State Senator Dan Hughes of Venango (spitting distance from the Colorado border), said…”That’s Ernie being Ernie.”
And can we please just stop that?
Can we simply say that when Chambers or any one else says something ridiculously out of bounds — that it’s just ridiculously out of bounds? Without adding essentially, “oh, he’s a character, so it’s all right.”
If it wouldn’t have been appropriate for anyone else to say, it shouldn’t be for Chambers. End of story.
Requiescat in pace
So to end on a happier, though melancholy note, those of you who were fans of Garry Shandling should watch this relatively recent episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Shandling.
Shandling’s “The Larry Sanders Show” was funny and brilliant, and he discusses it briefly with Jerry, along with his own mortality and other stuff — and it’s funny.
Take 20 minutes out of your life and enjoy.