Sasse 2020

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**UPDATE 7:30pm Wednesday**

Trump Rally in Omaha on Friday, May6th:
Werner Enterprises Hangar (next to Eppley Airfield)
3619 Doolittle Plaza
Omaha, NE 68110
4:00 PM
Doors Open at 1:00 PM


No Cruzin’

[embedit snippet=”nebraska-ppp”]If you’re on the way to Lincoln for the Ted Cruz event at Embassy Suites, you can turn around now and hit an IHOP. With Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana last night, the hope of Nebraska’s influence — well of EVERYONE’s influence at an open convention — is shot.

But Trump said last night during his victory speech that they were still “going to Nebraska”, so the rumored Friday rally in Omaha could still be on. )And the TV stations want to know if he’ll still be spending that $200K!)

Leavenworth St. will keep you updated.


Whither #NeverTrump

But Nebraska still has a great deal invested in not supporting Donald Trump.

While Governor Pete Ricketts said he would support the eventual nominee, his kazillionairre Dad has been bankrolling the #NeverTrump campaign, still headed and Tweeted out by Katie Packer. The Indiana results haven’t slowed her down.

And Ben Sasse, ostensibly the leader of the #NeverTrump movement, re-Tweeted his original position on #NeverTrump, and yesterday called him a narcissistic strongman in the Washington Post.

So where do Sasse, Joe Ricketts, and the whole crew at the National Review go for the next 6 to 54 months? Behind a continuing “#NeverTrump campaign. And as long as others like Cruz and Marco Rubio jump on the Trump bandwagon, Ben Sasse will be their leader.

One fascinating aspect that is all over the Twitter is those who say, “Well, I’m DONE with the Republican Party now!”

Which confuses me. I get that the President is generally considered the leader of the Republican party. But since when has that person dictated what “the party” stands for?

Sure your Chuck Hagels will occasionally leave the party. But the usual course is to go Pat Buchanan and try to move the party back to the direction you want. So those who suggest that Sasse or any of the others need to leave the party or create the Conservative Party are jumping to an unnecessary conclusion. If your ship gets captured by pirates, you don’t just give up the ship. You try to re-capture it.

Some say the Republican Party has needed to be usurped for a while now — that the influence of social conservatives has meant that they will continue to lose elections. They believe Trump’s populist positions will better suit the party. And that battle will continue. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You should have to argue your ideas



While those in the #NeverTrump camp are feeling pretty good about their position right now, they could end up in a quandary.

There is a bit of a consensus that Trump loses badly in the General Election — and that will sit fine with the #NeverTrump camp. They can argue that Trump never had a chance, and that even WITH their support, he couldn’t have won. It works for them and they can ride that as long as they need to.

On the other hand, there is smaller camp which thinks that Trump can not only beat Hillary, but that he will eventually beat her badly (Scott Adams has been saying this for over 9 months now, and the Morning Joe crew may be there).

If that happens, the #NeverTrumps are maybe even better positioned as the conservative wing of the party.  A President Trump would have to recognize, work with them, etc. etc. Really not a bad spot to be in there.

But the problem comes if the race is close.

If it is neck and neck, the #NeverTrumpers will not be seen as “principled”. They will be seen as de facto Hillary supporters. And if she wins a tight race, they will be blamed and ridiculed for some time. Sure they can try to claim that “he had it coming” or “only had himself to blame”. But if it is a CLOSE race, it gets harder to say, “I didn’t support Hillary, I was only not supporting Trump.”

Which one of those scenarios is the most likely?
That’s the million dollar question. (Or qua-zillion dollar, if you’re Joe Ricketts.)


Bacon and Chips

With the Trump win, and sudden deflation of the Nebraska Presidential primary, how will that affect voter turnout, especially in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District?

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse had been predicting 23%. After a conversation, he is sticking to his guns on that number. He said he had been averaging in a Trump win and doesn’t feel the need to lower that prediction after the Indiana results.

But let us assume that there is some affect.

Does it keep all lower-interest GOP voters at home?
Do the Trump voters show up to spike the ball in Nebraska, especially if Trump comes to Omaha for a rally?
Do they forget, or not bother to vote, still hung-over (as it were) from the Indiana win?
Do Cruz and Kasich and the rest of the #NeverTrump voters show up to make a point?
Or do the party-stalwart voters show that they will control the results?

Or does this mish-mash just come back to the predicted 23%?

And what does this do for Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell?
No full opinion here yet. Feel free to toss yours in.


Salmon Mousse and Sweater

Speaking of brash (aren’t we always), Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford sent out this Tweet yesterday:

Isn’t that cute?

Because, hopefully you remember THIS Brad Ashford from just a few months ago:


That would be FIRST CLASS BRAD lounging in his seat (before the rest of you plebeians get to board). Let us know how the Surf n’ Turf and extra legroom is.

(And don’t even TRY to use Brad’s 1st Class bathroom!)


Leavenworth Street Journal

So a reporter for the Wall Street Journal called in last week asking about all things Cruz and Trump and Nebraska and I gave him my thoughts. But so much of it is now moot after the Trump win in Indiana, that it is almost surprising that they still ran it.

But I was quoted, along with Bill Kintner, Beau McCoy, Jim Vokal, John Murante and others.

Here is the link. It was out from behind the WSJ’s pay wall for a while last night, but now appears to be pay-only. Sometimes those change, so be sure to try back later in the day or week.

But just so you don’t miss it, here is my quote…

One complication for Mr. Trump’s detractors—as it has been from the beginning of the primary—is Mr. Cruz could end up splitting votes with Ohio Gov. John Kasich. “There is a real possibility that the ‘Never Trump’ movement will split between Kasich and Cruz, which could give the state to Trump,” said Jerry Kratochvil, who runs the Leavenworth Street political blog.

I stand by my guns!


Only suckers don’t follow @DannyMoe

From the Twitters last night and this morning…


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  1. Bob Loblaw says:

    I’ll be standing with Ben Sasse and not voting Trump. Trump will destroy the conservative movement and the party will take decades to recover. Any DC establishment conservative who supports him values power more than principle. Between Senator Sasse and Mr Ricketts, Nebraska can be the headquarters of the NeverTrump movement.

    • Tony Oberley says:

      Great. Get ready to give up your guns and your neighborhood to be deluged with immigrant crime when Hillary becomes President.

      • youngvoter says:

        Wait I thought Obama was to do those things. 7.5 years and they have not happened yet. Nor has he invade Texas, Set up FEMA Death camps, Launched nukes on US Citizens (ie Charleston SC), declared martial law, Change the military oath so that soldiers would swear allegiance to him personally, nationalize all retirement accounts (ie IRA, 401K,)

    • Anonymous says:

      What conservative movement? Time has changed things. Those who refuse to acclimate are left in the dustbin wondering what happened and why they have no relevancy.

    • Just My 2 Cents says:

      I really wish the junior senator from Nebraska would stop embarrassing his state (and himself) with all this nonsensical grandstanding.

    • Anon says:

      What conservative movement, you, the GK, GH, Sasse, you can have Ricketts, take most the Nebraska legislature majority to join you also.

  2. Wild Speculator says:

    “If your ship gets captured by pirates, you don’t just give up the ship. You try to re-capture it.”

    Perhaps the original sailors don’t want to be confused for pirates by the rest of the world, who will now associate the former ship with pirates.

  3. The Grundle King says:

    Trump will lose, and lose big. Sanders supporters…you know, the ones who were protesting Trump and who are even more liberal than Clinton…are NOT going to choose Trump over Hillary. They’ll either suck it up and vote Clinton, or not vote at all.

    ‘The Week’ (I don’t care about its political bent) pretty well summarized why a Democrat president is basically a foregone conclusion. If you look at the past few election cycles, and see which states have always gone Democrat vs. those that have always gone Republican, Trump starts out at a 62 vote deficit in the electoral college. All the Democrat nominee needs to do is win those traditional Dem states and Florida (or Virginia+North Carolina), and the presidency is wrapped up.

    Of course, Trump supporters will wildly claim that the YUUUUGE number of new voters will hand him victories in those states traditionally won by Democrats. There may be some validity in that thought, considering that Trump is a jackass dressed like an elephant…but that validity is quickly dashed when you consider his nationwide unpopularity. Oh, and Trump is currently disliked by something like 80% of Hispanic/Latino voters…a number that will continue to increase every time he opens his mouth. Last I heard, there’s a lot of those Hispanic/Latino voters in Florida.

    So Trumpkins, enjoy your Pyrrhic victory. Your ‘birther’ champion will go down in flames, and may well take the Senate majority down with him. And there still won’t be a wall that Mexico pays for. But hey, maybe with his wonderful business acument (pfft), he’ll volunteer to fund the wall himself.

      • In the know says:

        Gerrard that is a rolling average. What was the Rolling average in Indiana? Trump is gaining momentum and now being the presumptive nominee he will attract more support. I was not a supporter but I’m not a selfish ass like Ben Sasse. I’ll vote for Don

  4. Sparkles says:

    “Sure your Chuck Hagels will occasionally leave the party.”

    Chuck Hagel didn’t leave the party, the party left Chuck Hagel.
    How is the nomination of Donald Trump not definitive proof of that?
    Until Republicans accept this fact, they will continue to be a party in decline.

    Sasse 2020
    Sasse shares the very same theocratic zeal and predilection to curiously unhinged constitutional gibberish of ToxicTed, the man who was just soundly rejected by the nation and returned his position as most hated politician in Washington.
    I’m of the opinion Sasse is right now at the zenith of his political career. His socially conservative ideology and theocratic bent are now anathema to even the majority among the Republican party.

    I’m also of the opinion that the nomination of Donald Trump is likely to greatly advance the timetable, delivering a blue Texas in 2020.
    While embracing the current party platform, our changing demographics will insure Republicans will never again see the White House.

    #neverTrump will be a footnote in history by Thanksgiving.

    And, I pray T. Becket Adams is right.
    What a gift that would be to the Democratic party!

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Wait. What? A BLUE Texas in 2020? Please explain more. I’m here in the middle and all around are socially conservative tyrants. I have to drive East to Austin for fun and Southeast to San Antonio for quality shopping.

      • Sparkles says:

        Imagine how glorious would be the return of someone like Ann Richards.

        There are many insightful articles that present the Texas case much better than I can. Here’s my synopsis.
        It boils down to 1) demographic shift; 2) large immigrant or immigrant friendly population* inspired to act by the monstrously offensive xenophobe Donald trump; 3) the ongoing abject corruption and incompetence of the current Republican administration, from top to bottom; 4) the fracturing of the party. An irreconcilable division between pragmatic, solutions-oriented Republicans/Libertarians, and the imbecilic, burn the state down secessionists, dittoheads and rabid Tea Partiers. A fracture diluting the voice and the power of the Republican voter.

        *Most Texans have spent considerable time around, or worked side by side with Mexicans and Latinos. They understand these immigrants are not disease carrying rapists, drug dealers and crazed killers with calves the size of cantaloupes who snuck into the country simply to pop out babies and sponge off our welfare system.
        Most Texans understand that building a wall, if even possible, is impractical and a colossal waste of tax dollars.
        Most Texans understand Donald Trump xenophobic rants are horse$%^&,

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Yes, Gerard, Ann Richards could curse with the good ‘ole boys.
        She also had a terrific sense of humor and compassion for all.

        I can attest, Sparkles, that folks around here are comfortable with Mexican immigrants. They work hard and appreciate opportunities for work, unlike their U.S. counterparts. But they usually do not take citizenship and therefore can’t vote.

        And as far a demographics go, unless you are in Austin or San Antonio, the youth of Texas remain conservative, or at least they say so. I can’t imagine that the youth might support Hillary after having supported Cruz as feverishly as they did. But we’re in strange days, indeed.

      • Sparkles says:

        What planet do you live on Gerard?
        Sasse oozes theocracy, it’s integral to political ascension.
        One of his… flirtations (Sasse really never stayed anywhere long enough to have a “job”), was Executive Director of Christians United For Reformation, a (former, they’ve merged) neo-Calvinist bunch who believe in remaking the United States as a reformed Christian theocracy.

        An excerpt from Sasse Baron’s website –
        “Ben Sasse believes that our right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life. This is not a negotiable issue. Government cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances. He will fight for the right of all Americans to act in accordance with their conscience.”

        under any circumstances.

      • I agree with him; it’s the clear meaning of the First Amendment, on of the founding principles liberals like you have no time for. That which protects religious belief also protects atheists like myself.

        Sasse is a Lutheran, that well-known fanatical cult, who once worked for a Presbyterian organization. That’s your evidence for calling him a theocrat?

      • Anonymous says:

        (Professor, I just want to add there are some Lutheran cults more fanatical than others.)

    • Tony Oberley says:

      No, I’m hearing Condi Rice. But in any case he needs to pick a minority and / or female running mate.

      • Condi is a Game Changer says:

        If it’s Condi Rice (this otherwise torn girl – between supporting nominee Trump or #nevertrump movement) will happily support a Trump/Rice ticket.

        GO CONDI GO!

      • Sparkles says:

        Just released –
        Donald Trump Says Ben Carson Will Help Pick His Vice President

        Ha, ha, ha.

        Let the Clown Show begin!!

      • Anonymous says:

        I have been hearing Condi Rice as well and think she would be a smart pick. Not sure she would do it though.

  5. Tweet Tweet says:

    Maybe Saase and the rest of the Beltway Boys will now get back to work on the things that are really important to the people of the nation.

  6. Sweeper clearly doesn’t understand libertarian conservatives. Most are #nevertrump, and we really will walk. I’m, in fact, already gone (and I’m feeling strong). This is the intellectual heart of the Republican Party, and if it leaves, you’re left with drooling Trumpkins and political hacks, average IQ near room temperature. Good luck with that.

    Hamilton said it best; if it’s clear that a knave is going to lead, better it be their knave than ours.

    Austin Petersen for President!

    • RWP,
      Nope. If you and the other “smart ones” want to stay involved in politics, you’ll need to fix one of the two parties (or wait for others to do it). And my guess is you won’t be interested in taking a trip over to Hillary and Bernie’s side.
      “Austin Petersen” isn’t a real option — but then you already know that.
      Like Zack Mayo in an Officer and a Gentleman, you got nowhere else to go.

      • The Grundle King says:

        I disagree. Voting for President shouldn’t boil down to picking which shit sandwich to bite, then pretending you liked it. In this case, the only way to “fix” the Republican party (there is no fixing the Democrats) is to watch it crash and burn at the hands of Trump and his legion of morons. Perhaps, after these folks realize that slogans alone won’t make America great again, something more useful will rise from the ashes of their destruction.

        Let’s be frank here for a moment…the reason people are voting for Trump is not because he tells it like it is…he tells it how they want it to be. They don’t really care about any of the core tenets of conservatism, they’re really just rooting for the guy who spent the most time going after Obama’s birth certificate. They don’t appear to have a particularly strong grasp of how our system of government actually works…thus they blame Sasse for inaction, whilst any legislation with a conservative bent awaits death at the tip of Obama’s pen. (Hint to all Trumpkins, there is no such thing as a ‘Congressional Executive Order’.) And every time they piss and moan about ‘political correctness’, it starts to sound more and more like they’re just angry they can’t throw racial epithets around without fear of repercussions.

        If the majority of Republicans really do want Trump in the White House, then I surely want nothing to do with them. Nor do I want anything to do with the Democrats, who seem intent on providing an equally terrible option. It’s clear that the majority from each party wants little to do with me, so why should I pick between them?

    • Sparkles says:

      There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.
      One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world.
      The other, of course, involves orcs.

  7. bynd says:

    As the Dems revel in their own perceived invincibility, they once again ignore history. A party may split, but out of that comes another stronger party down the road. If anyone believes that a one party system is good, they are ignorant at best. And as has always been the case, no one holds on to one institution for ever. The wheel will turn and the pendulum will swing.

    However, even Leonard Pitts believes that the Sanders supporters will not vote for Hillary. And some day it will be the millennials world. How soon depends when they get their stuff in one sock. They are already the most numerous group in the country. Which makes all this bloviating rather ironic. What goes around comes around as regular as both parties are chocked full of corruption.

    But once again, it doesn’t matter. We have raised several generations of narcissistic bullies and both sides will screw you just in different ways. And waiting in the wings are the we want freebies crowd. Then pay back becomes a bitc_h, just as we now see on campus’ nation wide. You can build a Frankenstein, but your sure can’t control him.

    • Sparkles says:

      Harvard’s Institute of Politics has been polling millennials for 15 years.

      The latest poll, released in Fall 2015, shows 75% of millennials considers themselves either a Democrat (35%), or a Liberal (39%).

      America’s largest generation is also it’s most liberal.
      Add to this, another well known fact, detailed in this story from May 17, 2015, Politico; “The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally.”

      What was it you were saying about pendulums?

      • Just My 2 Cents says:

        Wow…you are really going to be surprised when Trump wins the Presidency.

      • Anonymous says:

        And u said what different from what I did? Yes the pendulum always swings. Only a dead, or brain dead, person doesn’t realize it.

  8. Midtownguy says:

    So I’m wondering how the social conservatives will handle Condi being pro choice. They have refused to support a pro choice nominees for President and Vice President and there are many who think Trumps pro life stand is just a act. The democrats do have a advantage going into the election in the electoral collage. 19 states plus DC have went Democrats in the last 6 elections for a total of 242. If you consider that IA, NM, NH have went have out 5 of 6 thats other 15. So Clinton only needs VA, or OH or FL to win. As for TX going Blue recent poll had Trump 47.5 to Clinton 43, When asked after, about Julian Castro being Hillary’s VP 25% said it would make it more likely they would vote for Clinton. But do think it will be 8 to 12 years before Texas goes blue.

    • Sparkles says:

      “So I’m wondering how the social conservatives will handle Condi being pro choice.”

      Just wait ’til they figure out she’s a lesbian.

      And now, for something completely different –
      Q: How many politicians does it take to stop a moving bus?
      A: Never enough.

      • You have zero evidence she’s a lesbian (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

        I love how enlightened Democrats continue to use an accusation of homosexuality as a smear.

      • Sparkles says:

        You’re so patently disingenuous, Gerard.

        Clearly, it’s our side that universally embraces the LGBT community. It is our side that fights for their equal protection under the law.
        I could care less if Condi has an affinity for… wallabies.

        It is your compadres, under the guise of Ben Sasse’s inviolable ‘religious liberties’ and Jeff Fortenberry’s “ideals of social conservatism, the heart and strength of our country,” that directly assault the rights and freedoms of members of this community.
        It is your political brethren who, in their homophobic religiously driven zeal, gather in hurried assemblages and go to great lengths to pass unconstitutional,/i> laws making it possible to openly discriminate against colleagues, neighbors and family members who choose loving relationships outside of their own biblically moored, antiquated norms.

      • Khan says:

        “Universally?” Maybe so, if you don’t count LGBT folks like Robert Oscar Lopez who don’t tow the company line. They get a big fat target painted on them by orgs like GLAAD and SJW trolls like Dan Savage.

        Or maybe you were just referring to “the right kind” of LGBT people.

      • youngvoter says:

        Sparkles the fact that you would even speculate about her sexual orientation. Makes me question if you are a true liberal. I’m a liberal and would never post publicly about someone sexual orientation. Either Hetrosexual or Homosexual. Because it no ones business.

  9. Sasse’s long letter to America, on his Facebook page, is genuinely thoughtful, and strongly makes the point that Trump is a distraction from the real issues facing America: cyberwarfare, jihad, the insolvency of our entitlement programs, etc.

    Trumpkins should ask their mommy to read it to them.

    • Republican Donor says:


      Trump’s answer to insolvency is his specific plan to “overhaul” Healthcare by simply enforcing existing laws on the books as they pertain to 15 USC (collectively), otherwise known as the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman acts that declare that attempting to restrain trade or fix prices is felonious at a federal level. Further laws at the state level typically declare that it is a criminal act to, through any means, deceive people as to the cost of a good or service or bill them at a rate exceeding that quoted without their affirmative and prior consent. This alone saves Social Security and Medicare.

      Next ignorant rant? I’m waiting.

      • Google “Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Could Tack $10 Trillion onto America’s Debt”. So much for solvency. And a Sherman act prosecution could take years. If it could be done, the Democrats would have used it years ago. The fact is, though, the insurers don’t have to collude; they can simply base their reimbursements on the Medicare rate.

        And if it were possible to prosecute them for fraud, don’t you think that would have been done? Again, Democrat attorneys general would have relished the idea of going after big insurance or big pharma, if there were any realistic chance of prosecuting for fraud.

      • Just My 2 Cents says:


        Your comment leads me to believe that you somehow think the Democrats aren’t on the “take” from Pharma and Big Insurance just as much as the Republicans have been. Are you really this out of touch with reality?

    • Sparkles says:

      How transparent.
      Solutions-free-Sasse, always seeking any way possible to keep his name in the POTUS conversation.
      His – ‘both sides are responsible’ – letter, is actually a damning indictment of the Republican party.

      His conclusion is that the people at the Fremont Walmart (the “center of the world”) –
      “..deserve better. They deserve a Congress that tackles the biggest policy problems facing the nation.”

      That’s true Ben – Congress is a clustef%*^&. So what’s your solution?
      It is incontrovertible that it is the Republicans who have presided over the least productive congress’s in 60 years.
      For nearly 8 years – unprecedented in history – it has been the Republican’s sole quest, their raison d’être, to oppose everything Obama. As documented, a quest embarked upon the very evening of his inauguration. It is this motivating objective that has lead to the debilitating dysfunction that has overcome our nation’s capital.

      As the noted political scholars detailed in 2012 –
      “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem”

      • voter says:

        No…a lawless, reckless, corrupt, and wasteful government is the “problem” — Trump transcends political parties. Folks like you just don’t get it….you will though (after he wins, that is).

      • The Grundle King says:

        If Donald Trump “transcends political parties”, then why is he running as a Republican?

        Take your time figuring that one out, then get back to us.

  10. Politico’s reporting the Koch brothers are considering backing Hillary. That should bollox up the Trmpkin “party unity” message. Plus it will be a real pleasure to watch liberals, who have desperately tried to cast the Kochs as monsters, swallow hard and accept their support.

    • Sparkles says:

      The Kochs are monsters, and there’s been no desperation on the part of liberals in casting them as such. All one has to do is review the empirical data on the Koch’s toxic empire. Their record setting violations of environmental protections and their transparent attempt to buy obedient politicians.
      I always find perplexing the right’s embrace of governance on behalf of the highest bidder.
      Once upon a time in America, it would have been illegal for the Koch Brothers and their fellow oligarchs to buy an election.

      By the way – HRC spoke to this stretch of a story about a Koch embrace a few weeks ago, tweeting:
      “Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote,”

      • The usual hyperbolic nonsense. The Kochs don’t buy elections, the way the Dems in Milwaukee do by bribing bums with cigarettes. The Kochs simply put their money where their mouth is. You would take away their freedom of speech.

        Meanwhile, these ‘monsters’ support same-sex marriage (they’re libertarians), and criminal justice reform, and donate hundreds of millions of dollars to philanthropic apolitical causes. They contributed $10 m to the ACLU to fight the Patriot Act.

        Apparently the Obama White House wasn’t too proud to work with the Kochs on criminal justice reform. Collaborating with monsters, eh?

      • Sparkles says:

        Sorry – you’re of course right, Gerard.
        It is bribing bums with cigarettes that is the demise of our representative Republic.

        And the criminal justice reform you speak of is still languishing in the Senate, despite Obama’s repeated public pleas for the bill the bill to move forward.
        But Republicans in the Senate (including Cruz, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and David Perdue) continue to block it.
        And McConnell, Obstructionist in Chief, has given no inclination that he’s will to bring the bill to the floor.
        AND – should it pass the Republican controlled do-nothing Senate, it then has to be reconciled and passed in the Freedom Caucus strangled do-even-less House.
        “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem

        And an inquiring mind might ask – Why have the Kochs, and Koch-funded groups like ALEC (and Pete’s Platte Institute), been pushing criminal justice reform for so many years?
        The answer – corporate criminal accountability.
        It’s because of the included “intent” standard, that protects white collar criminals and executive suite crime.

        But Obama, being the statesmen that he is, measured the good against the bad and found opportunity for progress. He embraced the outreach, choosing, like leaders before him, to accept half a loaf.

        Others have viewed effective governance in much the same way –
        “I’m not retreating an inch from where I was. But I also recognize this: There are some people who would have you so stand on principle that if you don’t get all that you’ve asked for from the legislature, why, you jump off the cliff with the flag flying.

        I have always figured that a half a loaf is better than none, and I know that in the democratic process you’re not going to always get everything you want.”
        – Ronald Wilson Reagan, Feb 9, 1983

  11. Tweet Tweet says:

    Sasse needs to put his actions behind his words. Get to work. He and the rest of the Beltway Boys have spent the least amount of time working and being effective since the 1956 Senate.

  12. Cook Political Report just updated their general election predictions. 12 states moved toward the Democrat direction. One — Maine –moved towards the GOP, but Cook still considers the state to be ‘likely D’. The prediction is now D: 304 electoral votes, R: 190 electoral votes, Toss-up: 44 electoral votes.

    I think this is unduly favorable to the Republicans.

    Interestingly, Nebraska-02 is now tossup.

  13. Meanwhile, ever since they went into Trump-spit-or-swallow mode, 8 month ago, Fox News’ ratings have plummeted. They’ve lost to CNN in prime time 5 out the 8 months. Personally, I vomit slightly whenever I hear O Reilly, Coulter, Ingraham, or (worst of all) Hannity.

    People are voting with their remotes.

  14. Anonymous says:

    RWP, we have never seen such a whining crybaby as you. Fox’s ratings plummeted because they were working against Trump. Rupert was a bloomer and Kelly morphed into a bull dike to attack Trump. And CNN and MSNBC actually suck as news outlets. But Trump has a lock on this, thanks to idiots like you.

    Every voter in America just witnessed both parties shitting on voters with an open preference for super-delegate tyranny. People get that. They hate both parties. And every time a Never Trumper Republican or one of Hillary’s surrogates, hits Trump, that gets Trump 100K more votes.

    Hillary is a myopic dunce who cannot think on her feet. But by all means keep hammering Trump, It helps him.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      What does Trump offer but rhetoric? He’s a schoolyard bully who is an insecure little man who can’t handle any criticism whatsoever. He wants to make it easier to sue media outlets. He’d gut the 1st amendment. He’d be one of the worst presidents on civil liberties. He loves eminent domain for private enterprise use. HE STANDS FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! I am a conservative but will not vote for him or Hilary. If that makes it a vote for Hilary then so be it, at least with her I know what I’m getting. I’d rather live with the devil I know then the devil I don’t.

      • Just My 2 Cents says:

        You must not want to Make America Great Again.

        Yours is a typical beta-rant against real progress.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        How is this the nominee from the Party of Reagan?:

        He seemed wobbly on all parts of Reagan’s three-legged stool: economic policy (he largely opposes free trade and once advocated for a wealth tax and single-payer health care), social policy (consider his constant flip-flopping over abortion), and foreign policy (he openly mocked the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq War, which is still fairly popular among Republicans).

      • Sparkles says:

        Just My 2 Cents,

        Re your protestation:
        “You must not want to Make America Great Again”

        A date for you to remember – November 12, 2012.
        It was just six days after GOP nominee Mitt Romney conceded defeat to President Obama that Trump quietly filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for rights to the phrase: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

        Devious Don and his Long Con.
        Devious “I’ve only been a politician for a few months” Don, has been planning this circus for years.

    • Oh noes, a cowardly anonymous troll thinks I’m a ‘whining crybaby’. I’d go out the back and shoot myself, except I’m going to be spending the next 8 months giving Trumpkins a play-by-play of Trump’s fiery crash.

      I see that in Trumpkin world, a woman who asks too many questions is a ‘bull-dike’. Son, a real bull-dyke would eat you for breakfast.

      You’re starting at a great disadvantage in the polls. It will be enjoyable watching Trump’s ratings slide even further towards oblivion.

    • Apparently anonymous cowards are of a single mind, here.

      Hey, Trumpkins have attacked me for being a kike-lover, told me to ‘go back where I came from’, and of course, there was the inevitable cuck-servative. But being hated by Nazis is a good thing, not a bad thing, and I know IRL guys like you soil your underwear every time a car backfires.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Gerard, the trumpkins have no idea how dumb they are. People who lack intelligence are too dumb to even know what they don’t know. They don’t understand how badly Trump is going to lose and how he’ll lose the GOP the house and senate at the same time. Then I’m sure we’ll hear how it was the fault of people who didn’t get in line behind trump, then we’ll hear about all the conspiracy theories about voter fraud and how the election was stolen from the donald. I can hear it all now.

      • Nebraska Republicans says:

        Lucky for us dummies that our votes still count as much as do the votes of self-proclaimed intellectuals like yourselves. I feel very good about Trump’s chances in Nov.

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