And here should be the focus of outrage by voters:
Someone used a piece of apparently official Nebraska stationery for this missive.
You can read the letter at the right, but here is the gist:
Five Republicans didn’t like getting called out by Governor Ricketts at the Nebraska Republican convention.
Noted. They no doubt did NOT like getting called out — especially those sitting in the audience. As I pointed out on Leavenworth St., and on KFAB, one could argue that there were MUCH better ways the Governor could have noted this to those in his own party.
It is not real clear how it benefitted the Governor, or those on his side who want to change hearts, minds or votes on those bills. The best is probably that if those Senators cross him again he will…embarrass them in public again. Well, that’s one strategy.
But what of these Democrats (yes, Ernie included) who are crying about Ricketts’ statement at…the Republican convention? Come on. What do THEY care?
Here, we can quote the letter directly:
“George Norris“! (harrumph, harrumph).
“Oath“! (harrumph, harrumph).
(Hey, I didn’t get a harrumph out of that guy!)
For those of you (maniacs) who aren’t Blazing Saddles fans, I suggest you watch this 12 second video clip to understand just EXACTLY what happened with that speech at the NEGOP convention:
(The “watch your ass” was abso-freakin’-lutely implied.)
So basically Burke Harr and the gang were upset that they didn’t have the opportunity to harumph, or maybe not harumph, and wanted to get in on the fun.
But once again…official stationery?
Someone call Charlie Janssen stat.
The Sasse Path
ICYMI, the New York Times (not to be confused with the York News-Times) wrote a relatively major piece about Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse:
Nebraska’s Ben Sasse: A ‘Never Trump’ Holdout in the Senate
The gist is pretty much everything you already know and have read.
Here are a few quotes:
“I don’t agree with his strategy,” said Deb Fischer, the senior Nebraska senator, whose manner is generally as mild as her state’s farmstead cheese. “I’m not going to hand this election to Hillary Clinton.”
They’re thinking Wisconsin, yeah?
(Some Valentinians can correct me about the local cheese production…)
“The senator missed an opportunity to express himself on this issue at the convention and get an honest reaction from the delegates,” said J. L. Spray, a national Republican committeeman and former state chairman of the party. “It’s a little bit confusing to me at least as to what the senator wants to do now.”
The “missed opportunity” point sounds exactly like the one that I made with Chris Baker on KFAB, so kudos to the calm and well respected J.L. Spray.
He has an unusual routine, keeping one of his daughters in Washington for a week and then rotating in the other one. His 14-year-old, Elizabeth, helps with legislative mail, and the 12-year-old, Alexandra, gives tours of the Capitol when other offices are short a guide.
Not going to make a big deal, but I doubt this is the last we have heard about this.
When she learned (Sasse) had cast the lone vote against her bill to combat opioid abuse, Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, rolled her eyes and said, “Whatever, dude.”
Quoted without comment.
So Bill Kristol noted over the weekend that there would be SOME 3rd party candidate:
Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 29, 2016
Kristol noted about a month ago on CNN that he believes the 3rd party ticket should be some combination of Ben Sasse and South Carolina Senator Nikki Haley. (Either Sasse/Haley or Haley/Sasse.)
Now we know that Sasse has said over and over that he can’t run because he has young kids and a job representing Nebraskans. And he continues to say that those issues have not changed. (Most recently in a Breitbart article.)
So it would be a huge turnaround, with a fair amount of explaining, for how that is now different.
But for what it’s worth, Sasse kitchen cabinet member and fellow #NeverTrump-er (and former NEGOP Chair) Mark Fahleson dropped out as a Nebraska delegate to the National GOP Convention.
Probably doesn’t mean much.
Follow @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter because that is how to stay updated all day, every day!