The LJS quoted Ben Sasse at Boys State over the weekend saying that he will consider voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in November. (Oh, and with National Review’s David French “dropping out”, he won’t have that candidate to thump.)
After that news sped across the internets, Sasse quickly took to the Twitter to throw some cold water on the Libertarian movement:
Much nonsense on twitter tonight.
Fact: My wife & I said we’ll evaluate candidates not named HRC or DT “in October.”
That’s it. No news here
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 6, 2016
(Of course, a really good way to “not make news” is to then stop talking about who you may or may not decide to vote for in October…)
In any case, note the verbiage here: Sasse specifically says he won’t vote for Trump or Hillary, and says he might “vote for” Johnson. That is a step away from endorsing the third party candidate — which in theory would run him afoul of the Nebraska Republican Party’s Resolution against such an action.
Then again, while proclaiming himself a proud Republican, Sasse hinted that maybe there needs to be a NEW party:
“Don’t be so sure the two-party political system continues long-term. Both parties are exhausted. They probably don’t have the big ideas for the change that is coming.”
Now do you think Sasse will put himself in the big idea party or the little idea party?
10 to 1?
By the way, the LJS also quoted Sasse saying this…
Sasse said Nebraskans who have visited with him at a flurry of events during the current Senate recess overwhelmingly agree with his deep concerns about Trump.
“People, perhaps 10 to 1, are saying thanks for saying what we believe,” he said.
Now, I don’t necessarily not-believe Sasse. But let’s just say that those who are anti-Trump, and support Sasse, and walk up to Sasse and tell him so…well, that is a selective sample size.
Ten to one? Heck, GOP voters in Lincoln weren’t even that harsh against Trump.
Maybe we could use a poll taken at that Fremont Wall Mart…
Ebke: Republican Leader
Of course if Sasse jumps on the Gary Johnson party-van, he would only be the second Nebraskan to do so. The first — and highest ranking elected official in the country — would be State Senator Laura Ebke.
Then again, Ebke wasn’t elected as a Libertarian, as you all know.
Heck, back in 2012, she was so Republican that she was on the Nebraska Republican Convention Platform Committee — letting people know what the Nebraska GOP stands for.
Now Leavenworth St. does not have the notes from the committee deliberations, but these things generally go to the full convention on a unanimous vote. So what did Ebke’s Platform Committee serve to rest?
We support the judicious use of capital punishment and we urge the passage of laws that will limit endless appeals in capital cases. We also support changing the method of execution to lethal injection or any other constitutionally acceptable method of carrying out the sentence of death to ensure justice can be carried out.
When she got to the Legislature, Ebke voted to end capital punishment in Nebraska.
The NEBRASKA REPUBLICAN PARTY supports reorganizing the presidential primary system on a regional basis. We also support Nebraska in joining 48 other states by returning to a “winner-take-all” format for allocating our five Electoral College votes for president. We support a closed primary system.
Once in Lincoln, Ebke voted against Winner Take All.
Now you or other voters or other Senators may or may not support these issues. But in 2012 anyway, Ebke was roaring ahead with them.
So two years later she ran for Legislature, and had a tough race. She ran against a Democrat, and only won her primary by 5%.
In her election, the Nebraska Republican Party gave her $2,100. The Republican State Leadership Committee gave her $5,000.
And the Nebraska Republican Party also spent $19,000 against her Democrat opponent.
Ebke won by 160 votes — less than 1.5%.
And nowadays Ebke claims that she is shocked — SHOCKED — to find that Republicans want her to vote like she did back when she was on the platform committee. Ohmygosh, the PRESSURE to vote a certain way on a bill!
But hey, now that she’s in the Legislature, she can party with Gary Johnson and not have to worry about those pesky Republican platform planks.
And her next election? Pfft! She’s an INCUMBENT! The GOP can take its money and shove it!
When she decided to go Libertarian, Ebke wrote to her constituents:
“The people of the district have every right to vote me out of office if they feel that I’m not representing them adequately and that includes if they feel that as a Libertarian instead of a Republican I’m not adequately reflecting their views.”
Too bad they didn’t have that information BEFORE they voted for her in 2014, eh?
Future platform committee member?
Passed along by a longtime reader, a funny one after all this…
Mark Elworth, Jr., a Libertarian who has run for a number of offices in Nebraska mainly on a legalize marijuana platform, has decided to take his talents to the Republican party.
On FB it played out like this:
Maybe Ben Sasse will be the “politico to be named later”…
Here is another strange one for ya;
Apparently the Governor Pete Ricketts team is continuing to poll about…Dave Heineman.
The Leavenworth St. sources report live polling calls going out asking about favorability for Ricketts, Heineman and Jeff Fortenberry.
They then asked which phrases were most effective regarding support for the Death Penalty, which taxes should be lowered and who they support for President.
It is not in the least bit clear how this level of paranoia continues, but there ya go.
OK, here’s a nightmare scenario for the corner office:
President Trump weighs in on the 2018 Governor’s race… and endorses his campaign honorary state chairman over the sitting Governor!
(Cue scary music!)
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