To start your weekend, here’s a little Separated at Birth sent in by a faithful reader…
From “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“, Burgermeister Meisterburger…and a frowning selfie from Nebraska Democrat Chairman Vince Powers!
“Kleeb” you say? Never heard of her
If you are a reader of the LJS, you have no doubt heard Don Walton’s breathless announcements that Jane Kleeb is going to run for chair of the Nebraska Democrats. After her “Unity Slate” fell apart like a Bernie Sanders 50-state strategy, Kleeb is now announcing that she’ll announce “something” today. (“Disunity!“)
The thing I got a kick out of was Don Walton’s build up for this. Each time a new article when…
Jane Kleeb…her next step!
Kleeb and Powers’ making the “Unity” announcement.
Steve Lathrop dropped out … but what would Jane do?
Vince Powers dropped out…but what would Jane do?
Jane announcing an announcement! Ohmigosh!
And one can only assume that Don gets paid by the number of times he mentions Kleeb’s name. For instance in the Powers dropout article (which the LJS merged with the Lathrop dropout article) Kleeb is mentioned 6 times. Poor Chuck Hassebrook, who has been running the whole time? Once.
Well, I’m sure this is the last we’ve heard of all this…
Always was an Open Convention?
Remember David French?
He is the National Review writer who was briefly the 3rd Party savior for the right. Well he is still a lawyer, and he has an interesting post up today, arguing in a legal fashion that NONE of the delegates to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland are committed to ANY candidate.
His argument boils down to court rulings that have said that the party is an independent entity. Thus state laws that direct delegates to be committed to a candidate after an election to not trump (heh) party rules, under the 1st amendment.
And, he argues, the party rules say that delegates are NOT committed — unless the Rules Committee (which is then voted on by the full body) changes that in Cleveland.
This is interesting, though I guess I would be surprised to hear that no one else has thought of this angle before. Maybe Ted Cruz has just been biding his time on something like this — and one would think he would be the most likely to benefit from a full Cleveland mutiny.
One thing I’m not clear about is that I believe the Nebraska GOP rules say that the Nebraska delegates are committed to the winner of the state primary for two ballots, and I am not sure that the national GOP rules would trump the state GOP rules.
Since this would make the convention a version of an old west saloon brawl with everyone armed with a whiskey bottle, expect the news corps to be pushing this dramatically.
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse brought up an interesting point today.
In the argument over whether women should be included when signing up for the draft, he questions why we need young men to sign up for the draft in the first place.
He notes that the draft hasn’t been used since December of 1972, hasn’t been seriously considered since, so why are we even discussing women being included?
His proposal is a 6 month study by the Defense Department, with one of 3 proposals:
Either they believe the all-volunteer force which has in actuality been what we’ve done for many years is sufficient for the human capital needs of the country, and they think the draft is in fact obsolete;
OR number two, they believe we should be keeping the current draft system;
OR number three, they believe that the Draft in fact needs to be expanded and why they believe that.
There should be more consideration of plenty of laws like this, right?
In an interview with Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk recently, his proposal for governing on Mars (yes, the the planet) was a direct, townhall-style democracy. He proposes that you need 60% to pass a law, but only 40% to rescind one — and then every law has an automatic sunset anyway, where it would need to be re-voted to renew it. Interesting ideas — especially for a small community.
Sasse’s idea is of that ilk, and more of these — particularly in the realm of reviewing department mandates — should be considered. Senator Deb Fischer has proposed this with EPA mandates, and the Platte Institute showed how the Nebraska legislature did it with licensing hair braiding.
Or Rep. Adrian Smith’s Op-Ed in The Hill talking about the “Assaults on modern agriculture“.
More of this, right?
Or you can elect Hillary and watch her government you to death.
Find some shade
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