With the word that National Review columnist David French has been recruited by #NeverTrump-er Bill Kristol to run for President, this would seem to semi-officially exclude Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse as a third-party candidate.
Of course Sasse, though a leader in the #NeverTrump cadre, has said repeatedly that he would not run for President as a third-party candidate. However, as one of the few elected officials to still be against Trump, his name is always mentioned as a potential candidate.
But French would be the perfect guy for Sasse to now support, if he wants to continue down that route. Sasse is a favorite of the conservative National Review Online (NRO) — they deemed him the “ObamaCare Nemesis” before he was elected — and French is one of the writers on the NRO’s “The Corner”.
Some of the other NRO writers have ever so slightly hedged their bets on Trump. For instance, Jonah Goldberg gave an, “if I were the deciding vote on Trump vs Hillary, I would vote Trump…” — then going on to say that he won’t be, so he won’t.
However, French would not go even that far, saying that Hillary and Trump were equally evil and that he would never, ever vote for Trump. (He also strongly implied, though did not specifically state, that he would never vote for Hillary.)
But let’s face it: David French is not going to be elected President, and in a 3-person race, he only takes votes away from Trump. You can talk all you want about a “conservative alternative”, but that’s all it is. Talk.
Heck, #NeverTrump writer Erick Erickson suggested that maybe instead of trying to field a candidate — then get blamed if Trump loses — they should just let Trump lose on his own merits. (Of course, if he wins, it isn’t clear what their response would be.)
In the meantime, for many in the conservative movement it is all about ideological purity. They don’t respect the views of the Republican party’s voters, and see a Trump Presidency as nothing better than a Hillary one. Which is an interesting discussion, until Hillary starts replacing the Supreme Court for a generation.
And of course if Bernie jumps in as a 4th partier, things could continue to get weird-er.
But until then, those considering to take the French-Dip should realize that it’s not much more than…a Nothing Burger.
Always a Nebraskan
Politico reported that Andy Abboud, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and the top political aide to multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson is negotiating a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC with various experienced national campaign chiefs.
The idea is that there are several mini PACs supporting Trump, and that one centralized group would better serve the candidate.
Abboud is a Ralston High and UNL grad — and voracious Husker fan. He worked on campaigns in Nebraska for a number of years before moving to Las Vegas to work for Adelson.
His brother, Chris Abboud, is a former State Senator and is a alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention.
Helping or Hurting?
The Platte Institute put out a great video talking about job creation in Nebraska, and about how government regulations can either help or hinder that effort.
In particular, they look at how things changed for two business affected by regulations: hair braiding and food trucks:
Take a watch for 3 minutes. And then you can read more about the two individuals featured by clicking here, at the Plate Institute’s page.
Byway of Nebraska
Over the 3-day weekend, my wife and I poured the kids into the family truckster and headed west to visit all things Mt. Rushmore area — Black Hills, Deadwood, Badlands, etc.
But on the way there, we took the scenic route through God’s Country, i.e. the Sandhills Journey. We jumped on Highway 2 west of Grand Island and headed northwest all the way to Hyannis, before turning due north for the Free Ice Water.
If you’ve never been to the area, it really is a spectacular drive. Through the rolling sandhills, past forests and rivers and championship golf. This isn’t anything new, but it is a gem in Nebraska that not everyone seems to have taken advantage of.
Then on the way back, we stopped in Pierce, Nebraska, just north of Norfolk. There we made our way to the museums at Gilman Park which hold a mini treasure-trove of Nebraska life including a train depot, caboose, one room school house, a threshing machine, covered wagon — oh and a full blacksmith’s shop from the early 1900’s.
That blacksmith’s shop is personally special, as it was owned and run by my great grandfather, who had come over on the boat from Bohemia (by himself) when he was 23. He eventually had 10 kids, and one made his way to Omaha so that his grandson could eventually write a blog. (Exactly what my great grandfather was hoping for.)
In any case, the museum area at the park is open Sunday afternoons during the summer, and makes a great excursion if you’re in the Norfolk area.
And a personal thanks to Lyndon DeJong for opening the area up for us on short notice and providing an outstanding tour to my family and me.
It was a fantastic coda to our trip… which made up for having to wrench the dead bird out of the grill of the car when we got home.
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