Both USAToday and Politico wrote extensive stories about Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse over the past few days. Each delves into Sasse’s outspokenness on the #NeverTrump movement, but also reaches out to Nebraskans to get their views on him.
Ben Sasse, the Senate GOP’s ‘Never Trumper,’ irks some voters at home
Rick Hampson ventures all the way to Fremont, Nebraska to visit with some of the local folk whom Sasse sometimes cites as the inspiration for his political views.
Sasse, the Senate’s first and lone declared “Never Trump’’ Republican, “has shot himself in the foot,’’ says Bob Warner, a former city council member who sponsored the immigration ordinance in 2008 and voted for Sasse. “He’s the kid who says, ‘If you don’t play my way, I’ll take my marbles and go home.’’’
“This is a post-primary unity state,’’ says another activist, John Grothusen. “We line up behind our nominee.’’
But Hampson did find a supporter:
Some Fremont Republicans applaud Sasse’s stand. Amy Pimper voted against the anti-Sasse resolution at the convention. “He shouldn’t be censured — he should be admired for his courage, whether you agree about a third party or not.’’
The relatively balanced article gives a broad review of Sasse’s background as well.
Politico popped up today with their Sasse-review.
Sasse making GOP enemies with anti-Trump crusade
And it started out with a bang with both barrels from former Nebraska GOP State Chairman David Kramer:
“It’s disappointing, and I think frankly, it’s conduct that Nebraskans do not find becoming of a United States senator who’s got a year-and-a-half of experience,” said David Kramer, a former Nebraska GOP chairman who supported one of Sasse’s opponents in a 2014 primary but then backed Sasse in the general election. “It’s forced and somewhat contrived for somebody who doesn’t have much to show … to all of a sudden be the darling of certain corners of the political spectrum for simply being the guy who says, ‘Don’t vote for Donald Trump.’”
Speaking with Politico, Sasse gave this analysis of himself:
“I’m different than most people here in that politics is not the center of my life,” Sasse said in a recent interview in his Senate office.
Full-time U.S. Senator. (check)
Spends off-time traveling state and country giving speeches. (check)
Also known to write long, intricate manifestos on social media platforms regarding political issues. (check)
No, aside from his family maybe, politics IS the center of Senator Sasse’s life. JUST LIKE the other 99 Senators. That, he can be sure of.
This harkens back to the campaign days when the former Bush Administration Assistant Secretary and former Chief of Staff to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry told people he was a “political outsider”.
Sasse seems to want certain things to be true, even though the obvious reality says otherwise.
In any case, see the rest of the article with quotes from Mark Fahleson, Hal Daub, and other Sasse detractors and supporters.
Gary, we hardly knew ye!
And on that issue of Sasse supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson for President, Sasse recently tweeted:
Notes for October:
Johnson is pro-abortion, pro-exec overreach, bad on religious liberty & naive on national security
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 6, 2016
BTW oldsters, when the kidz say “SMH” that means, “Shaking My Head” (i.e. disappointment, I can’t believe it, etc…)
But “Wise Latino” would have been OK…
But Sasse’s stock should be on an upswing this week, what with Trump digging a deeper and deeper pit on whole “Mexican” judge issue.
The funny thing on that: Republicans, including Sasse, have been calling out Trump, saying that it is racist for him to consider the judge’s ethnicity when considering how he can or should review the case before him.
The focus has been on the Republicans on this issue.
But what of the Democrats?
Last time I checked, this was one of the TOP reason for Democrats to be for or against certain judges or candidates!
One of the big reasons for voting for Justice Sotomayor was because she is a “wise Latina”.
We are told over and over that the reason we need Hillary is because she is a woman.
President Obama told us that the Travon Martin killing was important because if he had a son, he would look like Martin.
These are no different than Donald Trump’s suggestion that he can’t get a fair trial from a judge of Mexican heritage. Democrats say you need different people because of their heritage or racial or gender qualities. Trump is saying the same thing — that the judge is different because of his heritage.
But Republicans, disagreeing with Trump, are saying that a person’s abilities should not be judged by their race, or ethnicity or gender.
At what point will Democrats say the same thing?
On this day when it looks like Hillary has won the Democrat nomination (but don’t tell that to Bernie supporters, like Jane Kleeb!), it is interesting to read what Republican 2nd District Congressional nominee, retired General Don Bacon, has to say about Hillary and her server issues.
He notes, that if he had done what she did, he’d be court-martialed.
During my last four assignments in the military, I would typically have a Top Secret computer, a Secret computer, and an Unclassified computer, and all were on separate DoD or AF networks. I also was read into Special Access Programs, known as SAP, and some of those programs were not allowed even on the Top Secret networks.
We know now that Hillary Clinton had thousands of SAP, Top Secret, and Secret emails on her personal server run out of her NY home. If I would have done just a fraction of this, I would have been severely disciplined, my career over, and perhaps even face a court-martial.
He goes on to say…
If Hillary Clinton was a serviceman or woman she’d be quickly kicked out of the military at best and perhaps would be facing jail time. She needs to be held accountable for undermining America’s security.
“That Brad Ashford enthusiastically supports Hillary Clinton, in spite of her actions that endanger our national security and put our service members at risk, is disgraceful and raises serious questions about his judgement.”
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