Dave Heineman as Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate.
Not likely you say?
Hear me out.
Heineman does fit the bill.
Trump wants Washington experience. Heineman was a former Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives. He has legislative experience as well, herding the cats in the Nebraska legislature — without fear of using some political clout.
He is also a proven #2 guy — just ask Mike Johanns. And Trump wouldn’t have to be worried about a future election because a 76 year old Heineman would likely be too…mature…to be President at the end of 8 years. Much in the way Dick Cheney was never looking beyond the Bush years.
He has military experience, as a West Point graduate and Airborne Ranger School graduate.
And, out of the blue, he became Trump’s Honorary Nebraska Chairman.
Heineman does not have the name ID of a Newt Gingrich or Chris Christie. But he also wouldn’t be looking to overshadow a President Trump, and would have keen discipline on the campaign trail and in office.
In a campaign season of the strange and stranger, a Heineman nod in the Trump campaign would be almost…normal.
We will be watching for more this afternoon.
Battle of West O
Pat Borchers and Lou Ann Linehan are the “two” Republicans battling for the spot, along with Democrat Bill Armbrust. But the ads between Borchers and Linehan have been the main talking points.
Linehan’s ads seem to focus on the “lies” told by Borchers about her.
The ad never specifies what the alleged “lies” are, but it seems to have something to do with Linehan’s record as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist. Linehan apparently doesn’t want voters to know that she worked for DCI in Washington, and that the company bragged about her Obama Administration connections when they hired her.
The OWH quoted the DCI release back in 2014 saying, “her experience on Capitol Hill and with the State Department will provide DCI Group’s clients with invaluable insight on effectively engaging members of Congress and the administration.”
So what part of working in DC and lobbying members of Congress is she not a part of?
And then there is the part about her giving money to Democrat Brad Ashford’s Congressional campaign, not once, but TWICE.
First she contributed to Ashford against Lee Terry. Some thought that she had a beef against Terry, and let it slide.
But then she contributed to Ashford AGAIN for this year’s 2016 race.
But Linehan has ads running claiming that she’ll fight against the agenda of the Obama-Clinton administration.
You know, beyond working for them and supporting a Democrat who supports them as well.
Hear my podcast interview with Pat Borchers on The Wheels Down Politics Show, here.
The local view of the 3rd Party
The conversation featuring Ben Sasse’s proposal for a Third Party candidate has gone national. But it has been a big deal locally too.
For instance, former Nebraska GOP Chairman David Kramer noted to NPR:
“It takes a tremendous amount of hubris to say to people that had 16 or 17 choices that they didn’t know what they were doing and that they made the wrong decision,” Kramer says. “At some point, while we don’t always like what the outcome of the process is, we have to respect what the outcome of the process is…We had a huge array to choose from — and people chose.”
Kramer says anyone calling for a third party challenge should consider leaving the Republican Party.
And note that over the past few days Jeremy Aspen and Bryan Baumgart both decided that if they couldn’t support the Republican nominee for President, they had a duty to leave the party:
I would argue that instead of leaving the party, one should work to change it. But on that note, if you are in the party’s leadership, and won’t support the party’s nominee, you probably shouldn’t be there.
That is at the very least, an honorable move by those two.
And, I would argue, they are helping Hillary.
The Sasse Scenario
So if there was some confusion, let me lay it out where I see all the Third Party stuff:
People like Sasse see Trump getting slaughtered in the General Election.
That is their bet.
So in the mean time, they figure, why bow down to Trump? If he is not going to win, why genuflect to his style of politics in the mean time?
And then, they figure, after Trump loses and we are stuck with Hillary for four years, they can claim the mantle of purists who did not bow to the loser who they didn’t like. And then they will claim they should be the new leaders.
That’s the theory.
Problems with the plan:
1) If Trump instead wins — remember when MATH WIZARD Nate Silver laughed at Trump’s chances to win the GOP nomination up until, oh, a week ago? — then they are in a bad spot. They can sort of claim some sort of “loyal opposition”, but the chances of success there are much more iffy.
2) Trump loses in a very close race to Hillary. Then they are BLAMED for Hillary winning, and try as they might, that stink won’t wash off.
Now if things go as they plan, it isn’t a bad strategy. But make no mistake that it is a gamble that could absolutely blow up in their faces.
And then Esquire (not exactly a conservative mag) had this to say about Sasse:
“Of course, young Ben also has some policy prescriptions to share—if the country would be so kind as to look to the Fremont Wal Mart for its handsome, youthful savior. (He came to these conclusions “while sitting down by the river.” Barefoot and brandishing a cane pole, and chewing on a long weed between his teeth, no doubt.)
This will only pick up steam.
See ya’ll at the rally!
Try not to boo too hard when Trump points out the evil press — who I’m standing next to.
Likely have some news this weekend to update so be sure to check back!