In his second article on the topic, Walton looked at the battle brewing between Democrat Party stalwarts and the Jane Kleeb “Unity Slate” for the Democrat’s state party hierarchy.
I’ll have to check through my archives to see the last time I heard of a party interloper tearing down the incumbents, then calling it “Unity”. Probably sounds better than “home-wrecker.”
But the way Walton and Vince Powers tell it, Kleeb has the votes. So you’re probably looking at a new “vice-chair” of the Nebraska Democrats.
And here’s news for you Nebraska Republicans: That’s a GOOD thing.
Jane Kleeb is the definition of a partisan Democrat. She doesn’t play well with others and pisses off everyone in her wake. How do you think that plays with Nebraska voters?
Sure she was succeessful in delaying the pipeline. But she did that that the expense of a hard-rift with Union Democrats — and frankly the vast majority of people who she didn’t freak out who lived on the pipeline route.
Then there is the fact that her family is under a cloud of corruption because of the “energy” company owned by her husband – and payouts to a bunch of national Democrat cronies. (Strangely enough, the OWH covered this WSJ story — but the Lincoln and Hastings papers have not.)
Oh, and don’t forget that Kleeb and Vince Powers failed to endorse…Hillary Clinton! Kleeb even introduced Bernie at his Nebraska rally. Guess how well that sort of thing goes over in the Clinton ranks. The Clintons literally keep books on people who have crossed them, and then serve out a cold-helping of revenge when they get the chance. Think Bill or Hillary will be on board with Kleeb’s plans for the Nebraska Democrats?
Now that Ron Kaminski has elbowed Steve Lathrop out of the “Unity” slate, there seems to be some life left in that wing. But you can bet that Kleeb will keep him in check, as long as it serves her interests.
Oh sure, Jane will try to sell herself as a FFA member. Or maybe even boast to some Democrats that her mother was a Catholic Right to Lifer. Or tell Bill O’Reilly that FOXNews is the home of moderates. Jane loves selling herself as all things to all people.
But the locals will remember that she is an angry Pro-Choicer and even thought about moving to Omaha so she could run against the “not-Democrat-enough” Brad Ashford. And Republicans can feel lucky that the former candidate for Governor, Chuck Hassebrook and his statewide organization have been put on the back burner.
Buck up Republicans!
You’re lucky to have Jane in your politics.
Putting the “artisan” in Partisan
Speaking of Brad Ashford, maybe Jane isn’t on the ball about him after all.
You can’t swing a dead cat around Twitter without hitting a post where Brad Ashford is colorfully, with nifty graphics, calling himself a moderate.
Well except that there’s this…
He can scream “bi-partisan!” all day and night, but when you look at his votes, they’re a heck of a lot closer to Nancy Pelosi than Paul Ryan.
Well, at least Jane will be happier.