Don Walton writes in his LJS column today — before his lament that the Yankees just can’t decide who to spend their billions on next — that the Senate has taken too long to confirm Judge Rossiter to the Federal bench.
Walton’s complaint (about Rossiter, not the Yankees) is that the Republicans took a year for confirmation. Yet, he does NOT note that this practice was started when the Democrats were in power, and continues to be a card played by each side.
It should be noted however, that Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer recommended Rossiter to President Obama in August of 2014 and the President didn’t nominate him until June of 2015.
Didn’t see that in Walton’s column, did you?
In the meantime, it’s been reported (in other places) that Republican Senator Fischer worked tirelessly for the past year to get a a vote — especially working her friendship with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make it happen.
Sometimes it is interesting to get more of the story.
The GOP Convention in Cleveland is starting to rev up just a little with the Trump camp and some Dump-Trumpers putting together their competing plans for the convention.
Politico has been following this closely, and from their estimates, team “Dump” doesn’t have the delegate votes to make anything happen.
They polled the 112 members of the GOP Rules Committee — which includes Nebraskans J.L. Spray and Joyce Simmons — and found that there is little appetite to allow freeing up delegates in the first ballot to “vote their conscience”.
Anything that the Rules Committee would come up with would have to be voted on by the entire body anyway (1,237 is a majority of the delegates). But the Dumpers have said that if they fail in Rules, they will try a floor fight, in any case. And some have suggested that if that occurs, it will lead to more confusion than anything else.
The whole thing should be fascinating, but the CW — today, anyway — is that there isn’t enough support for a mutiny to make it happen.
And then there is the Ralph Waldo Emerson adage, “If you’re going to strike at a king, you must kill him.”
Trump gets even with those who send out a uncomplimentary Tweet. One can only imagine his wrath at floor-fighters.
The rest of the story
Robynn Tysver writes in the OWH today about Bernie Sanders’ press secretary Symone Sanders of Omaha leaving his campaign.
Tysver does mention that Sanders worked for Democrat Governor candidate Chuck Hassebrook’s campaign — but she didn’t add that (Symone) Sanders was expected to speak on Hassebrook’s behalf at the recent Nebraska Democrat state convention.
The word on the street was that new Chair Jane Kleeb called in all of her chits with the Sanders campaign to prevent Symone from coming to speak in Kearney for Chuck (as Chair).
A pity that someone from Nebraska couldn’t get the chance to speak, just because of Jane.
Just Do it!