Heineman for Veep?

Dave Heineman 000As Omaha awaits the visit from Donald Trump prior to Tuesday’s Primary vote, a rumor has begun swirling about town:

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

LouAnnmailerAs we are continually reminded whilst listening to the radio this morn, there is a hot race in Western Douglas County for the retiring Beau McCoy’s seat.

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.

Well then.

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:

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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.


Everybody rally!

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.

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Likely have some news this weekend to update so be sure to check back!


  1. Bluejay says:


    You are blinded by Nebraska boosterism. Heineman? Seriously?

    The guy who got his clock cleaned by Jane Kleeb and cost this state millions?

    The guy who do essentially nothing in office? Name one positive thing that he affirmatively accomplished in office. Moving the State Fair is the only thing that comes to mind. Balancing the budget doesn’t count.

    His biggest accomplishment was beating Tom Osborne; the biggest upset in Nebraska political history. To this day I consider that race to be complete proof of what idiots Cornhusker fans are. Complete ingrates. I proudly voted for Dr. Tom. I consider him a genius.

    • Sparkles says:

      Dr. Tom would have been an extraordinary Governor. Imagine where we would be as a state had we not had to suffer a decade of D-D-Dave.

      Heineman shamefully peddled hate of immigrants in order to beat Dr. Tom.
      Even more shamefully, Nebraskans gobbled up the hate.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “hate of immigrants”

        Very few people I know hate immigrants…most people simply dislike the fact that there are immigrants in our country who either came here illegally, or arrived here legally but remain here illegally. It’s more a respect for the ‘rule of law’ thing than it is hatred for immigrants. I mean…I realize telling this to you will have zero effect on the caricature you’ve create of the ‘typical conservative’…but I figure it’s worth saying anyways.

      • Sparkles says:

        It’s not a caricature.
        You are officially the party of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Joe Arpaio, Bill Kintner and Steve King.

        If it looks like, $%^&, smells like $%^& and tastes like $%^&… it’s probably $%^&.

      • Sparkles says:

        It’s beyond annoying how the right so cavalierly and consistently ignores reality.

        Oct. 2, 2010, New York Times –
        “CRETE, Neb. — Nebraska may appear to be an unlikely setting for swelling anti-immigrant sentiment..
        ..That shift in political dialogue has been propelled here by Gov. Dave Heineman — even before it was a national issue. Four years ago, Mr. Heineman, a Republican, made his unyielding opposition to illegal immigration a central part of his underdog campaign for governor.”

      • The Grundle King says:

        Sparkles, nothing you said contradicted my comments. It’s not about hatred of ‘immigrants’. It is about respect for the law. Gerard is an immigrant, but I don’t hate him. Rather, I admire him…and it’s not because he’s white, but because he did it the right way. He may hold an even deeper appreciation for American citizenship than any one of us here, because he actually had to work for it.

        I understand this will be a foreign concept for you, but opposition does not equal hatred. It’s clear that, for you, the two are inseparable…you hate anyone who opposes you. But for rational folks, there’s room for reasonable disagreement. I may not like or agree with what others believe, but that doesn’t mean I’ll hate them for it.

        Are there some racists in our midst? Absolutely. I won’t deny that. But if you believe that conservatives and/or Republicans have cornered the market on racism, you’re even more ignorant than I thought.

  2. “Kramer says anyone calling for a third party challenge should consider leaving the Republican Party.”

    Way ahead of you.

    Agree with Bluejay; when they want a short break from pounding Trump, they can review Heineman’s administrative record.

    I have $100 to wager with anyone who thinks Trump will win. And I don’t mind sharing the credit (I don’t regard it as blame) for keeping him out of office.

    I’m sure Sasse doesn’t mind the Huck Finn comparison.

  3. Sparkles says:

    Charles P. Pierce, who crafted the Esquire quote you cite, has been mocking Sasse Baron for a couple years.

    The article you cite concludes:
    “So, in brief, the principled conservative alternative to He, Trump is a Harvard undergrad, Yale grad kabuki hick, and a pious one-term wonder whose basic policy prescriptions are No Labels gruel laced with Heritage Foundation hot sauce.”

    • The Grundle King says:

      If anybody here actually wanted to read Esquire, they would do so without the need for yet another one of your copy/paste offerings. Sweeper’s blurb was more than enough. That a liberal rag posits a such an opinion about Sasse…the most prominent voice in criticizing the only GOP candidate that GUARANTEES victory for Hillary Clinton…should be a surprise to no one. The writers at Esquire want Clinton as president, and they know Trump is the surest way to put her in the White House.

    • Charles Pierce is an obnoxious partisan ass. I remember him from the Boston Phoenix, a free newspaper that I used to read for the salacious prostitution advertisements, in the 1970s. He hasn’t gotten any better with age.

      Amusing he complained that Fremont regards itself as the center of the universe, writing from a city that idiotically calls itself ‘the hub of the universe’. Of course, we already have background checks on all but a small minority of gun purchases. But posting from Massachusetts, where it’s almost impossible to get a gun even for self-protection, Pierce wouldn’t know that.

  4. Sparkles says:

    The leading political scholar from Ben Sasse’s favorite right wing think tank, AEI, has some valuable insight that all Republicans should read and take to heart.
    Insight that helps explain why young, former GOP leaders like Jeremy Aspen and Bryan Baumgart can no longer stomach what the Republican party has become.

    A quick read, found at –
    “The political scientist who saw Trump’s rise coming”

    • Leaders such as they???? says:

      I never realized Jeremy Aspen was a “leader” in local politics. And Baumgart jumped off the wagon long ago…after he brought an off-duty police officer to keep a DCRP meeting “secure.”

  5. The Grundle King says:

    Could ‘Republican Donor’, ‘Just My 2 Cents’, and ‘Nebraska Republicans’ just pick one name and stick with it? I understand that there are 3 different voices in your head, but only one gets to vote.

    But then again, multiple personalities would help explain the delusion held by most Trump supporters that there are ‘millions of new voters’ that are going to the polls in support of Mr. Baby Hands…the ‘Republican Donor’ personality knows at least two others who are going to vote for Trump!

      • The Grundle King says:

        Noticing the similarities in their comments on the last several posts by Sweeper could hardly be considered stalking. Trump’s victimization schtick appears to be rubbing off on you.

  6. buck turgidson says:

    Sweeper, don’t forget Heineman’s national experience as Chairman of the National Governor’s Association.

    • The Grundle King says:

      What’s the matter…couldn’t wait to hear all that nonsense come dribbling out of Trump’s lips?

    • Anon says:

      He may not be as cool as Sasse, but his voting record speaks for itself. You probably prefer Krist’s.

  7. Trump just said he understands Russia because he judged a beauty pageant in Moscow 3 years ago.

    This is even stupider than what Sarah Palin didn’t say “I can see Russia from my house”

    You Trumpkins need to realize the rest of the world regards you as morons.

    • anon says:

      Baumgart is no loss, but reading comments above, he does belong in your Krist, McCollister, Campbell NEGOP party

  8. Wow just wow says:

    Amazing seeing all the Nebraska (old and current) politicians sucking off the Trump tit. It was like watching a sow with her piglets. You are all truly pathetic.

    • Howard Hawks is Gonna Be Pissed . . . . says:

      Fiorina state co-chair and illegal alien supporter Jim Smith giving thumbs up with the Donald. Integrity in action.

  9. Grand Old Pile says:

    I listened to Trump’s speech. It was neither inspiring or enlightening. It did not raise passion or pride. In a nutshell it was just plain stupid. I can’t imagine rallying behind this nonsense. This is a truly sad moment in time for the once Grand Old Party. Trump is the leader. And GOP is now Grating, Obnoxious and Pathetic.

  10. Lil Mac says:

    Trump’s Nebraska speech wasn’t meant to win him votes in a GOP Primary he has already won.

    Strategy is opaque else it be useless as strategy. That speech wasn’t supposed to make sense to you. It was meant to make sense to Pete Ricketts.

    Trump’s speech in Omaha, Nebraska, indeed seemed a rambling chat to most in attendance. It was in fact a targeted persuasion that forced Gov. Pete Ricketts to publically appear a hypocrite; an artful ass-whipping of Pete’s “family” sandwiched between two pieces of praise for Pete himself; the latter so sympathetically drawn ala shared victimization by an unfair news media that when Trump finally spun toward Pete saying, “YOU know what I mean!” Pete nodded in bitter agreement, smiling, commiserating with the fellow businessman-turned-political target and ready to tell daddy to back off.

    Pete is the weak spot in the Anti-Trump GOP naysaying effort. No one else suffers from it like Pete. Every time a Romney or Bush hammers Trump, they push Americans who hate establishment toward Trump. Likewise, Sasse’s desire to be a Senate iconoclast and Joe Ricketts’ political funding hobby mean bashing Trump doesn’t hurt them. But, of course, Trump would prefer that all his naysayers be Democrats. And that’s why Trump came to Omaha, to force Pete to confront Pete’s own problem, which isn’t Trump but rather Joe.

    Trump forced a GOP governor to stand on a stage and publically endorse him WHILE that governor’s father is funding the effort against the same GOP nominee. No money, it collapses. To turn off that spigot, Trump made Pete feel like a public hypocrite, a victim of his own father, And its all painfully true. Trump knows Joe loves his son and will back off if the son is convinced that co-opting his father’s hobby is bad for Pete. We can measure the outcome of this speech if we see Joe backing off.

    • Bluejay says:

      Wow. I’m not sure Trump is that smart but you might be right.

      Pete didn’t need to endorse Trump as he has already won. I thought it was pointless. And it was mostly anti-Hillary.

      It did make Pete look bad for crossing his parents but they are all rich so it doesn’t matter. I kept thinking that Grandma Ricketts’ three million would go a long way at her grand daughters’ high school rather than to Kattie Packer and cable TV. Both girls go to DASH and that school just scrapes by. I have seen the numbers.

      And what was Heineman doing there? He looked like a fool trying to get onto a bandwagon.

      Regardless of how the election turns out, there are real rifts in the GOP.

  11. Just Sayin' says:

    Shouldn’t Sweeper disclose to readers than Borchers is listed as a writer for the blog? Is he reporting this as an in-kind contribution to the Borchers campaign? At least be up front about the bias.

    • Bluejay says:

      Thanks for elevating the discourse. That being said, Dave accomplished nothing as Governor and let Jane Kleeb walk all over him.

  12. Brian T. Osborn says:

    My condolences to all of you that believed the GOP stood for anything worthwhile. May it rest in peace. Hopefully, history will be kind to it, as it often is to the dearly departed. After all, the GOP was the party of such folks as Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was also home to George Norris, the Nebraska politician that did much good for our state and our nation.
    It is unfortunate that the GOP has become a legion of buffoons.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      The GOP has people in it who stand for something. But most all value power over principles. Those that are stepping on top of each other to kiss Donald’s ass are pathetic. Theses are the same “conservatives” who supported Medicare part D, the explosion in spending, and erosion of civil liberties under George W. They stand for nothing but getting invited to better parties in DC.

  13. Lil Mac says:

    From Merriam-Webster’s — TRUMP; a variation of Triumph; “a card that wins over any card not of its suit”, “a decisive overriding factor or final resource”; a “dependable and exemplary person”.

    Leaders can be triumphant or they can be bushed. Shakespeare said “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Yet rename a rose a “stinking corpse lily” (a real flower) and voters won’t give it a sniff. We are subliminally impacted by things beyond our ken. We try to vote rationally. It’s a mix.

    Of course it is silly to think Trump is winning because of his name. Yet it is just as silly to believe Trump cannot beat Hillary who was deemed unbeatable because she is a “Clinton” and then got whipped by a surfer who never held a real job. That the surfer got reelected was thanks to stupid GOP leaders who countered his Obamacare with Romneycare. Yet their stupidity doesn’t make Hillary any less abrasive (like a sander?) as her hubby is charming. Besides, she and Jeb are petered-out ends of presidential dynasties deemed anathema by voters in this iconoclastic year.

    I disagree with Sweeper. I think Sasse does not sincerely believe Trump cannot beat Hillary because the Senator isn’t stupid. Last August, he might have believed that. But Trump has since beaten nine governors and five senators. Sasse is being sassy because he sees that working for Trump. Sasse is cementing his own Hagelesque image in the Senate where being 1 of 100 isn’t all that special. Ben’s strategy is as opaque as Donald’s. Smart guys.

  14. Lil Mac says:

    Sorry, I spent my last $100 on Trump apparel for my dachshund. I call him Anthony Wiener. He doesn’t like his name any more than Dave liked being called “Hiney-man” or Pete liked being compared to the disease. The sobriquet “Bad Ass Turd” so rhymes with Brad Ashford, it really has staying power. That one sticks.

    Keep your money for now. We can bet on which country the Romney’s and Bushes’ move to after they renounce their US citizenships.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Today I had to go to HyVee. and as I approached the entrance, I noticed a lady looking for a parking space. I waived to her and pointed out a handicap parking space that was open and available. She looked puzzled, rolled down her window and said, “I’m not handicapped!” As you might imagine, my face was red! “Oh, I’m sorry,” I said. “I saw your Linehan for Legislature bumper sticker and just assumed that you suffer from a mental disorder.” She gave me the finger and screamed some nasty names at me after I asked her why she was voting for a DC lobbyist. Then I noticed her Feel The Bern sticker…

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